AMYTRIPP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AMYTRIPP AMYTRIPP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ What to pair with oatmeal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680257 I need advice, dear Spark Friends, <BR> I really like oatmeal, but I rarely eat it. But now, as part of "Amy is trying to reduce her cholesterol" I want to start eating it as part of my breakfast. I'm just having trouble coming up with a protein to pair with it. <BR> <BR> I know if I eat a complex carb along with a protein for breakfast I stay fuller longer (something I should have remembered today when I ate a very non complex carb and no protein for breakfast and have felt the lack all day... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:03:02 EST Catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679464 Hi all, <BR> I've been meaning to write a catching up post for the last week and a half, and just haven't found the time. That's the story of my life right now - no time for anything! <BR> <BR> Okay, so update on me/my life: <BR> <BR> * Work has been busy, busy, busy. I like staying busy at work, so that's great. And it hasn't been SO busy that I feel overwhelmed. Which is also great. Another department at work asked me to take lead admin - so I'm learning some trademark regs in regards to ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:05:57 EST Coming back - a bit defeated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672159 *sigh* <BR> Of course, you know the story: Sparker does well for a while, then starts backsliding, and then quits for a while, and then backslides even more. <BR> <BR> Case in point: me <BR> <BR> BUT - it's time for me to come back and see old friends and get myself back on track. <BR> <BR> Life has been SO busy, but I have to start taking more time for my own health. *nods* <BR> <BR> I'm sending hugs to you all, and I'll try to catch up with everyone over the next few days. (((((hugs)))... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:55:26 EST Taking a Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457053 When life just gets too darn busy, something has to give. I figured I'd use this week as a test to see if I could find the time to Spark and here it's Friday and this is the first chance I've had to get onto the site. Between work and family, it's hard to find even a few extra minutes in a day lately. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to officially take a break from Spark People - I do plan on coming back, but it probably won't be until sometime this winter. (Although I can't foresee a huge slow down ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:29:47 EST I'm still around - just not very vocal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402423 I'm still here, though I haven't been doing well on my program the past couple of weeks - between Mark's depression (he's better for now) and his graduation, it has been hectic and draining. <BR> <BR> I was pretty emotional leading up the graduation. It breaks my heart that Mark missed out on his whole senior year and the graduation ceremony. But his mental health comes first. <BR> <BR> Anyway, sorry for being so silent lately - when I'm feeling less brittle, I'll be more vocal, I promise... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:36:41 EST Asking for a favor.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389390 Younger son, Mark, is going through a depression episode again (He's never really out to depression, but sometimes it gets worse). This time it's really scaring me - he says he's not suicidal, but he just feels like there's no point to life anymore. <BR> <BR> He was supposed to go talk to the doc today, but doc got sick and rescheduled until Monday. <BR> <BR> Anyway, on to my request: I believe in the power of positive thinking and the energy that comes from good wishes. So, if you would, p... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:01:57 EST The Aggie Chronicles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377209 Yep, I'm going to be one of those people who show off photos of their pet (and one of my sons... <em>334</em> ) . <BR> <BR> The first photo is a couple of days after we adopted her - she was eight weeks old. The second photo, she was about 12 weeks, and the third was the other day - just under seven months old. I get a laugh out of the ears and tail. The ears go from floppy, to semi floppy, to straight up. And the tail, well it goes from skinny to feather duster. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 20:46:30 EST This is what's making me laugh (at myself) today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372614 I was taking my breaktime walk and caught sight of *something* in a small back yard. <BR> <BR> 1st thought: Is that a dead camel? <BR> 2nd thought: Maybe it's a huge stuffed animal. <BR> <BR> 1st realization: Oh! It's a line of large rocks. <BR> 2nd realization: There are no camels in back yards in Northern New York. <BR> <BR> Where the heck did my mind come up with camel? Why not horse or cow? After all, in the county I live in, the cows outnumber us 2 to 1. <BR> <BR> Have I ever seen a... Thu, 30 May 2013 13:29:29 EST Goals met for last week and set for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369166 Hmmmm... I'm afraid these lists are starting to get repetitious. Ignore them if you'd like - writing this down publicly just helps me stay motivated and on task. <BR> <BR> Last week: <BR> <BR> Track all food for at least four days <em>248</em> <BR> 250 minutes of fitness <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Work: <BR> Read that darned chapter in the Excel book <em>248</em> <BR> One Excel online class <em>248</em> I finished the Intermediate classes - now on to advanced <BR> Marketi... Mon, 27 May 2013 10:22:38 EST Why selling on Ebay is like a treasure hunt for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364364 I've been selling on Ebay for years. I tend to sell books and old paper goods. They are easy to photograph and easy to ship. Once in a while I'll pick up other pieces to sell - small collectible glass pieces, etc., but it's mainly books and papergoods. <BR> <BR> A few weekends ago I picked my granddaughter up for the day and decided to go an alternate route home, hoping to find a rummage sale. It's early in the year for sales in this area, so I was 'hungry' to find one. And we did! <BR> <BR... Wed, 22 May 2013 09:29:35 EST This is what's making me smile today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362399 I'm one of those people who find joy in pretty much every little thing. I'm sure I mentioned this before. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, before I painted my office, I had notes and papers tacked, nailed, and taped to the wall next to my desk. After fixing that wall and painting, I didn't want to do that again, but there were items I wanted where I could easily see and refer to them. I decided a cork board would be perfect. <BR> <BR> But looking at what's available, I was disappointed. ... Mon, 20 May 2013 14:29:23 EST So what do I have to get done this week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361084 Last week's to-do list looked like this: <BR> Health: <BR> Stay at or below calorie range at least four days. <em>248</em> <BR> At least 250 fitness minutes <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Work: <BR> One Excel online training vid <em>248</em> <BR> One chapter of Excel book <em>24</em> - this seems to be my nemesis right now <BR> Finish all necessary contracts for the summer logging season <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Creativity <BR> Read through half of Celebrighost looking for... Sun, 19 May 2013 12:26:48 EST This Week's To-Do List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354990 Going over last week's list: <BR> Health: <BR> Stay under calorie limit Monday through Friday <em>24</em> (I did okay on this- didn't meet the goal completely, but it wasn't a total fail either) <BR> 250 minutes + of fitness <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Work: <BR> One online excel lesson <em>248</em> and one chapter of book <em>39</em> (never found the time) <BR> <BR> Creativity: <BR> Read through half of nano novel looking for plot holes, etc <em>234</em> (didn't even start... Mon, 13 May 2013 10:41:41 EST What is is with me and 170s? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348448 So this is what I've noticed (and this went on several years ago when I hovered in the 180s for quite some time before heading into the 200s) - I get into the low 180s - I can literally SMELL the 170s on the horizon (and even hit 179.2 last fall) and then I sabotage myself. Grrrrr <BR> <BR> So what is it with me and the 170s? It's not as if I LIKE being in the 180s (but at least it's better than where I started at 215), but I seem to have some internal panic response of going lower. And I do... Tue, 7 May 2013 10:04:46 EST Another week, another to-do list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347792 Okay, so I'll start off with my list for last week: <BR> <BR> Health: <BR> Track all foods eaten (Monday through Friday) Total fail <BR> At least 250 minutes of fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Try out new strength training apparatus hubby bought (if he gets it put together) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Work: <BR> Read two chapters of Excel training book and finish two online lessons <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Creativity: <BR> Finish first edit of 2012 Nano novel <em>248</em> <BR> C... Mon, 6 May 2013 19:43:24 EST Weekly get myself motivated list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339278 I've been thinking about how to motivate myself to move forward on several fronts. <BR> <BR> Since I'm a person who does well having a check list, I thought I'd create one each Monday and post it here. <BR> <BR> So, for this week: <BR> <BR> Health: <BR> Track all foods eaten (Monday through Friday) <BR> At least 250 minutes of fitness <BR> Try out new strength training apparatus hubby bought (if he gets it put together) <BR> <BR> Work: <BR> Read two chapters of Excel training book and fi... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:23:41 EST So what are you waiting for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333956 No, really, I want to know... <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I've had the time to do a 'shower of spark goodies' to my friends, but I decided I needed to make the time today to do so. <BR> <BR> I sent out SP Logos with the note: If you're 'waiting for a sign,' consider this it. Get out there and do it. It'll be amazing!! <BR> <BR> I was thinking about how we say, "I want ___, but not until ____" like we don't think we deserve certain things unless we make a change, or someone else makes... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:06:19 EST In which I mull over my attitude toward dogs.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328724 I've always been a dog person <em>200</em> <BR> Growing up, I had two dogs (well, the family did - they were never actually 'assigned' to one person): Lady was in the family before I was. I remember her as a sweet elderly cocker spaniel who would walk to the local grocery store - go in just as boldly as you please and pad on back to the meat department where she'd be gifted with a bone. Oh, how times have changed in thirty plus years! <BR> <BR> Then we had Daisy who was a buffalo-sized ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:05:31 EST My Office is Painted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304640 It took me all week - and I didn't do a great job (good thing you can't see the baseboards <em>40</em> ) but I love the colors, I'm happy I tackled it, but most of all, I'm glad it's DONE! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1039638835.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Edit: I just noticed how much the mustard yellow matches my SP page - yep, my favorite color strikes again! Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:33:40 EST Family and Self Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292223 At a recent get-together (for my mom's birthday), a photo was taken of my mom and her five kids: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1560650011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm the short one in the front with all the hair (and we laughed because it looks like my brother's beard is part of my hair). Then from left to right: Mom (she's a leap-year baby, so she's only 18 and a quarter years old), Penny (middle child), Todd (second to the youngest -I'm the youngest); Kelly (oldest)... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:20:04 EST Transforming a desk into a standing work station http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286910 So my standing while working experiment has been going on for a few weeks now. I gave myself some time using cardboard boxes to find the right height and then my husband made wooden risers: one that covers much of my desktop (holds my keyboard, mouse, and work) and another for my moniter. I'm standing for probably half my day at work. I know how important this is for my body and health. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l214671706.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:36:41 EST What I want my team (and everyone else) to know about me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278709 <em>8</em> I might fall, but I always find a way to get back up. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I might get lazy, but I always discover my motivation. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I might be smart, but I can still do dumb things. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I might not be young, but I'm sure not old. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I might get quiet, but I'm still around (just busy… or maybe plotting <em>211</em> ). <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I might be busy, but I can always find the time. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em>... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:40:41 EST Mark's Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277111 I don't think I've updated on Mark for a while - and you're all just waiting on pins and needles for an update, right? LOL <BR> <BR> For my newer SP friends, my younger son Mark has been dealing with clinical depression (and I believe anxiety problems) for about a year and a half. It got so bad that he has had to be tutored through his senior year of high school instead of actually going to class. We've been fortunate that his depression hasn't resulted in suicide attempts or in angry behavi... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:56:55 EST 5% Challenge - Asking for advice - 100 to 200 calorie snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277089 For today's blog, we are to ask for motivation or advice. <BR> <BR> I think what I'm going to focus on is to ask for everyone's favorite 100 to 200 calorie snacks. I'd love a few new ideas. <BR> <BR> So... what's your favorite 100-200 calorie snack? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! <BR> Amy Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:43:47 EST 5% Challenge - what could I do better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276223 Today's question is what can I do better to gain that new habit (tracking food). <BR> <BR> My answer: Measure, measure, measure. <BR> <BR> Sure, there are things I measure every day: my 3/4 cup of Total cereal, etc. BUT - I don't measure that one tablespoon of peanut butter. I don't measure that one tablespoon of light margerine. That's something I really do need to do. <BR> <BR> I used to measure those things and then I started thinking I could eyeball it. Well, I'm sure I can't. Some da... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:34:23 EST 5% Challenge - Day Four Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274774 Today's question is how am I doing day by day with my new habit (tracking my food). <BR> <BR> Well, after a very busy day I haven't tracked yet, but I will do so as soon as I catch up here. I'm pretty sure I'm under my calorie ceiling, at least. I tracked everything yesterday, though. It's just a matter of getting back into the routine and I think I can do it! <BR> <BR> Edit: Okay, I tracked and am 50 calories under my ceiling (and that's counting a snack for tonight)! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:01:30 EST 5% Challenge - Week Two Day Three Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272324 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? (to track food at least five days a week and be under 1400 calories on those days) <BR> <BR> Wow, that question really makes me think. I really have to put something into place to encourage myself and keep me on track. When I think about tracking my food, I just kind of go 'ugh,' and that's not a good sign when you 're trying to start a new healthy habit. <BR> <BR> So what would encourage me (racking my brain here ... or is it w... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 08:52:50 EST 5% Challenge - Week Two Day Two Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271049 As part of this week on the Casual Travelers (Gooooo Travelers!!!!!) team, we are to blog about a habit we want to nurture. I missed the first day of blogging ( <em>39</em> ) as I was off having a fun day with Mark ( <em>334</em> ) so I'm catching up today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was supposed to answer about what habit I want to nurture toward my healthier lifestyle. For me, it's a habit I need to return to: Tracking my food. For many months, I tracked all my food (five days a week - I've... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:01:02 EST The Ghost in Amy's House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268251 Did that subject reel you in? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Good! This really is about some funny stuff going on in my house. *nods* <BR> <BR> Now, I grew up in a big old Victorian. I got used to funny noises, happenings, and sights as I grew up. So if someone says a place is haunted, I don't get too worked up. Several years ago, when I worked for an auction company, we spent the night in a house that we were auctioning. It had a 'history'. Bwah ha ha. It was a few hours drive to get there, so... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:20:16 EST A Year of Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264625 Yesterday was my one year sparkversary! Yay! <em>503</em> <BR> <BR> In that year, I lost 35 pounds, but then gained six back (working on taking them back off), I've met some awesome people, found a great community, and found out that in my mid forties, I really can take off weight - but I have to be super vigilant. <BR> <BR> I've also learned that I can still backslide and that this is a lifelong process. I will reach plateaus (heck, I've been on one for months) and I will gain some wei... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:42:18 EST Poem: Opportunity by Edward Rowland Sill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251435 The awesome (adorkable) Dante posted a favorite poem today, and inspired me to do the same. <BR> <BR> Mischiefoi's favorite poem was funny, my favorite not so much. Ah well. <BR> <BR> This poem has always stuck with me because of the message of seizing opportunity and using what you have on hand. (One man's trash is another's treasure, as they say). <BR> <BR> So here is Opportunity by Edward Rowland Sill <BR> <BR> OPPORTUNITY <BR> <BR> by: Edward Rowland Sill (1841-1887) <BR> <BR> THIS ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:23:50 EST My Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242527 I work in an office. Sitting at a desk. Eight hours a day. <BR> <BR> I feel like I should stand up in some support group to announce that. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Before I worked where I am now, I worked part-time at an auction hall. I love antiques and auctions, so it was a good fit for me. But they couldn't pay much and when I got offered this job I took it. <BR> <BR> At the auction hall, I was carrying boxes up stairs, unpacking, cleaning, setting up for sales, etc. I was moving. A L... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:37:41 EST If you're looking for a bargain.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241398 Hi all! <BR> A couple of things I've found today on my stroll through cyberspace: <BR> <BR> I wanted to find a free songwriting course for Mark, and I found this site <link>https://www.coursera.org/ </link> You can take free online courses from some pretty great colleges. The songwriting course is from Berklee College of Music. Awesome! No college credit, of course, but still... what better bargain than free! <BR> <BR> Then, I went here <link>https://w1.buysub.com/pubs/MR/CIR/CI<BR>R_I2... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 10:30:13 EST Spark Goodies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236769 It's been way too long since I showered my Spark Friends with Goodies, so today was the day. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Suitcases for everyone, with the note: <BR> “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are." <BR> ~anonymous <BR> <BR> Begin a new journey today and see where it takes you! I'll be out there, on my own journey, but still at your side. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I send SP Goodies even to those friends who haven't been on Spa... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:44:16 EST Just Plain Not Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228741 Mark has been going to a new therapist for a few months now. When he first started with her, she said it sometimes takes people months to feel comfortable enough to really talk to a therapist, so don't worry about taking this slow. <BR> <BR> Yeah. <BR> <BR> So after work yesterday, I walk through the snow storm to get to his therapist's office (it's close by and no sense moving the car closer to the office from where I park near my office) to meet with her and Mark after his session. She le... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:31:52 EST New Spark Page Graphic and Colors for a new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208215 I changed up my spark page today with a new background image and new color. I think I like this one best of all the image/color combos I've had. A golden mustardy yellow is my favorite color, so this just soothes me. <BR> <BR> I want the girl in the image to be knitting with a color other than pink though. LOL. I mean, look at her - does she look like a pink girl to you? And what's that animal by her side? A goat? I was thinking it was some kind of dog, but then I saw it has hooves. *shrugs*... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:09:17 EST Today is the first day of the New Year for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206572 I got busy and then I got lazy. I haven't been near the scale, but I know I'm up at least five pounds, so time to get all serious again. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So, goals for 2013: <BR> Fitness: <BR> 1. Be at or below 150 pounds by the end of 2013 <BR> 2. Keep my cholesterol numbers good <BR> 3. At least 1000 minutes of fitness each month - I'll have to start this in February as I haven't tracked fitness this month <BR> 4. Track nutrition again <BR> <BR> Work: <BR> 1. Finish Excel classes... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:39:37 EST In which I admit to the police that I'm in the midst of a kidnapping. ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168891 In a blog last week, I told how Mark and I were kidnapping my mom and oldest sister to take them to a museum. They didn't know where they were going - though once we got on the road, they figured it would be somewhere in Utica. <BR> <BR> Within 15 minutes of leaving home we came across a roadblock. <BR> <BR> Cop: *takes the measure of the car's occupants (one senior citizen, one teen, two middle aged women). "Well, hello. Where are you all heading today?" <BR> <BR> Me: "Utica" *thinking,... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:14:12 EST Family Stuff - Avoid this like the plague if you don't want TMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165480 It's been a rough patch for what feels like the last year for my family. Now, granted, I know families who are going through much worse - but since this is my family, it's personal! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> You all know (ad nauseum, I'm sure) of Mark's struggles with depression. Believe me, it helps immensely to unload about that here sometimes. He's still up and down, just not as drastically as he once was. I think we've all come to the conclusion that he won't step as much as a baby toe ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:03:25 EST How much time can you do for kidnapping??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162981 Mark and I decided we're kidnapping my mom and oldest sister on Saturday. We're not telling them where we're taking them. Neither has ever been to the art museum about an hour away from us - Mark and I love it there. The art museum has an indoor walkway to the house next door which is part of the museum. The house is decorated for Christmas and the artwork in the museum is always worth viewing. So the kidnapped ladies will find themselves in a place I don't think they're expecting. LOL <BR> ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 08:33:06 EST The Creation and Devastation of a Gingerbread House :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153849 Granddaughter Ona and I bought a Gingerbread House kit on Saturday. She and her dad (my son Brian) put it together: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l431207632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the finished product: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l306296022.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then this happened: <BR> (Cue the shark music from Jaws) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l64439393.jpg"> <BR> (Did I have enough boys in my house... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 18:41:03 EST 10 Pounds by Christmas Challenge update plus new knitting project photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151943 I admit to not even weighing myself the last two weeks as I know it won't be pretty. But I promise I'll weigh in next Friday. <BR> <BR> How about all of you? Give me some good news to motivate me!! <BR> <BR> Knitting projects: <BR> I finished the scarf for Mark's piano teacher (leaf scallop edge) and the placemats for my mom for Christmas. Now I'm taking a break from knitting to work on some sequined Christmas ornaments. I bought a few kits several months ago, but now I've cut my time too s... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:32:10 EST Catching Up (yet again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146868 Ugh. I think I took a four day weekend as a chance to completely wallow and eat. Blergh. <BR> <BR> Since last week was only a three day work week and I had to fill in for another admin who was on vacation, plus do my regular work, plus edit a long management plan for my boss, I was, to say the least, stressed. I put my head down, did the work, and got it done by Wednesday afternoon - at least that work that was high priority. I have a lot of jobs and clean up to do this week. <BR> <BR> On t... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:19:20 EST My Busy Weekend - The good, the bad, and the sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140222 First off, sorry for not posting a weekly Christmas challenge on Friday. Not only was I up 0.4 pounds, but I was so darned busy at work that I didn't get a chance to post. I hope you all did better than I! <BR> <BR> The weekend was tiring, but I knew it would be. <BR> <BR> Friday after work, I raced home to pick Mark up and we headed to Watertown (about an hour away). We had a nice dinner at Appleby's (we picked there because his piano teacher is a waitress there - she wasn't our waitress t... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:53:12 EST Mark Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135308 I figured I'd better post an update on Mark since I posted that I was taking him to the ER yesterday. He was having severe stomach pains - after x-rays and urine and blood work, they decided it was probably stomach spasms, but no idea why. He was given meds and released. He's feeling much better today. <BR> <BR> On the good news front: We made it out of the ER just in time to drive the forty five minutes or so to get to his psychiatry appt. Good news being that they wrote his prescription fo... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:56:30 EST 10 Pounds by Christmas Weekly Update: Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129308 Well, hooray! I'm down 1.4 pounds this week. I did the happy dance. Yep. Just imagine an overweight (obese!) middle aged woman, 6:00 am, in her pajamas, in a dark and quiet house, dancing. Did I give you a smile? <em>334</em> Good!! <BR> <BR> So I don't know if I can possibly take off the 7 more pounds that I need to reach 10 lost before Christmas, but at least that number is moving down. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> So how was your week?? <BR> newtexdebbie <BR> racingtolose2... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 08:39:09 EST Non Scale Victory and Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126916 I had a non scale victory the other day. I went to my doctor for my yearly check and she said my cholesterol numbers were 'beautiful.' <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I have high cholesterol. Even when I'm thin, my cholesterol is horrible. I'm on a high dose of meds for it, but even with those, I am usually too high. <BR> <BR> "Beautiful" was, well, beautiful! <BR> <BR> Mark is having his meds switched again since he's been having some deeply depressive days. He starts weening off Lexapro and ta... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 07:11:50 EST 10 Pounds by Christmas Challenge Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121085 Help! I'm stuck! <BR> I know what it is, I'm still not tracking and measuring my supper. Truthfully, I've been feeling run down and not at all like trying hard. If I want to hit that 10 pounds by Christmas, though, I have to get going. <BR> <BR> So, I was at the same weight this week as last. *sigh* At least it wasn't a gain, right? Right??? <BR> <BR> So please tell me you all did better than I. <BR> newtexdebbie <BR> racingtolose2 <BR> sirensongs <BR> juliettecake <BR> katofornow <BR>... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 06:18:52 EST Finished Knitting Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120803 I finished the afghan I was making for my older son and his wife. I used up some of my partial skeins. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1308341414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next are a couple of Christmas present projects: a scarf for Mark's piano teacher and placemats for my mom. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:31:37 EST Lasagna and Cheesecake Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116432 Did that title catch your interest? LOL <BR> <BR> Today is my husband's 48th birthday. When I asked him what he wanted for his birthday dinner, he said lasagna. So I made it last night, wrapped it up and put it in the fridge, then set the pre-timer on the oven so it'll be ready for Jon to put in when he gets home. Normally, I would have Mark start it, but since he'll have a tutor there this afternoon, it's up to Jon to cook his own dinner... er... well... to pop it in the oven. <BR> <BR> An... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:16:55 EST