ANGRITTER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ANGRITTER ANGRITTER'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/ Everyday woes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753779 Well, Joe has been online looking for jobs. It really sucks that there are so many out there that pay nothing, but unemployment barely covers his child support. Who ever decided what the unemployment pay rate is should have to live on that money for 6 months and see if they can save up for a full roll of toilet paper at the end of the month! They can't, if they plan on eating. <BR> <BR> And now everyone wants him to go back to school for training... He's 54 & they don't like his diploma a... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:56:13 EST I finally did it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750590 I finally fell in love with a man that can handle me. ALL of me & doesn't want me to lose a single pound. But since men know diddly about carrying around extra poundages on the degenerating joints, he's been told that I get to lose at least 45 pounds and he can't say a word. And he's finally okay with it after a 10-day stint in his truck when I went over-the-road with him. Haha!! <BR> <BR> You REALLY get to know someone by living in an 8x10 cube & sleeping crammed up on the other perso... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:26:51 EST Saying goodbye to my namesake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666764 My aunt, Adra Dawn Rix Thurman, left this world yesterday afternoon after 45 minutes in the ER. She was a warrior who fought uterine and ovarian cancer for YEARS. <BR> <BR> A month ago, she kept asking my mother when she was coming to visit her for a couple of weeks. We now know that she was waiting for her 2 final wishes to come true. The first was to have her 2 estranged children stand in a room with her and not fight with each other This happened the first weekend my mother was there. ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 18:19:46 EST I'm dropping in to say hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658044 Well. I have lived through the month of March and things haven't changed much. Shingles spread to my other ear, of course. So the second one is working its way out of me. I've been taking meds every day for the Bell's Palsy... its getting better, but I can't believe the pain that I still feel when I touch my face. It's ridiculous. <BR> <BR> I have a follow up on 4/2 and a mammogram (BLAH!) so I will ask him how long the pain in the cheekbone and cheek flesh and chin and temple area is ex... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:57:31 EST I Feel Like I've Let Myself Down and All of You Too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650964 I am sorry that I have fallen down on the job with the challenges, but I do have a good reason. There are some health issues I am now dealing with that if I had not had the 2 surgeries, I would have never known about. It involves my heart and my thyroid... and it's a convoluted mess. <BR> <BR> On a funny note, I did leave the house today to go to Lowe's to pick up No Trespassing signs and KEEP OUT/PRIVATE PROPERTY signs and BEWARE OF DOGS signs. Why? Dinah, my old shoplifting roommate, i... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:59:07 EST Hello 3 Little Piggies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641658 Dang! I lost 3 pounds and got into the almonds and gained them back. Poop. But I'm not sweating it because I did eat a whole bag of Honey Roasted Cashew Halves and that was like 9 MILLION calories and I am maintaining. Not that I am making a practice of this, nor do I plan to, but even after the ablation I am still having normal PMS symptoms. LOL Guess I can't get away from them. LOL <BR> <BR> I didn't work out today because the past 2 days were causing me a little pain in my chest wh... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 20:40:16 EST Walking on Cloud.... ZERO :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637617 Well, I can assure you that dragging around this medieveal torture device... Das Boot... is evidently a workout. I am just afraid that now I will have one butt cheek exercised more than the other! HAHA <BR> <BR> And the reason I am not on cloud 9 is because this boot is so heavy, I would have fallen through even cloud 1. LOL <BR> <BR> The weather is getting a little nicer but still a bit chilly. I am thinking positive thoughts on a daily basis and trying to see things in a pretty light.... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:47:02 EST I've been abducted by Aliens! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635327 My, my, where have I been? <BR> <BR> I have had facial pain since my ablation and thought it was from the air tube or anesthesiology and I even called it "stroke face" and sent pics to my family. And I thought it would wear off by the weekend. However, the pain just kept getting worse, so I finally made an appointment. Turns out that I have Bell's Palsy and Shingles. I am even too young to get the shingles shot, because I asked for it when I got the flu shot because I wanted all bases co... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:46:01 EST I took your advice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625845 And I took the day off. I cleaned my bathroom somewhat and straightened up what I could <BR> in my room. Nothing major. I read some of my book, chatted with some people online, and just RELAXED. Thank you for the suggestion and I will do more of this! <BR> <BR> I made myself a badass salad last night with a wonderful leftover grilled pork chop and yankee cheese (Cuba Cheese Factory in Cuba, NY), I had that salad beautifully way and it was so yummy looking. <BR> <BR> And as I was wheeli... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:26:29 EST Sore Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625105 I washed the dogs last night. Neither were impressed with that particular Valentine's treat. Then I decided that I needed to get on the bike to burn off nervous energy. And after hopping all around the Department of Agriculture & dealing with some really funny women who seem to enjoy their jobs, my tail end and back feel like they've gone 3 rounds with a boxing KANGAROO! <BR> <BR> So today I opted to relax a bit. Then I rode the bike for 12.5 miles & I felt great. But time for me to hit... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:34:25 EST "Hot date" situation explained http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623946 Okay, so I don't have a definite date, per se. I have 2 men that had asked me out and since i was headed for surgery, I opted out until I could get my walking situation straight. I would never go on a date with my walker, and i want to be able to kick if i have to, as well. You know, always be prepared. <BR> <BR> One guy is German & works for Mercedes Benz here in Jax. The other guy works as a motorcycle & marine mechanic & paints too. He lives in Daytona, only about an hour or so away.... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:04:20 EST I am moving again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623280 I took a gamble today & popped on the recumbent bike today, strapped my cast to the pedal and ride my 20 minutes to my own victory. This means I can stop the muscle deterioration before it gets too bad. I want to br able to walk normal when I am free of this cast because I have a hot date waiting on me to be able to walk. :-) <BR> <BR> I am not overdoing it, but i figure I can do it 3 times a day - spaced out for hours - and this should work out. I am keeping the pressure on the ball of... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:32:20 EST Is my scale broken? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618156 I have been weighing myself every day because I am afraid that laying around will have me gaining a horrific amount of weight. Yep, I have worked too hard to screw up now. I have dropped my caloric intake to try to stay under 1200 calories. You don't burn much by reading all day. <BR> <BR> So, tonight after dinner, the worst time of course, and in every place I put the scale, it said 236. SHOCK isn't even close to what I felt. <BR> <BR> I have not been active except for the leg lifts or... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 20:51:06 EST Another Medical Malfunction... as usual http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616401 Okay... here's today's medical malfunction for me. My thyroid is evidently failing, but he says it has nothing to do with the cyst that was found in an MRI last January. So I am being put on a low dose of Synthroid for 6 weeks to see if it helps any. If not, they operate and do whatever, but I told him I didn't want to hear about all that just yet - stopped him dead in his tracks. The good news is that my cholesterol has dropped 46 points since last year's blood work. So that is normal and I ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:42:35 EST Finally Validated!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615103 BTW, I wrote a nice, length blog earlier but it was mostly written in anger so maybe it was a good thing I deleted itself. But boy did that anger me!!! haha <BR> <BR> Well, I just got a call from my jerk face doctor. Guess what? My bloodwork came back and lo and behold, my thyroid numbers are all over the place. Gee, I wonder if that could be related to the CYST that was found on my thyroid during an MRI I had in January 2013. Same cyst he said he wasn't going to bother with until it g... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:02:55 EST Day 3 - Attempting the Shower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613327 Okay, so I have not had any more falls since the first night. I was in a panic thinking that maybe I fractured or sprained something and I couldn't feel it because the entire thing was numb. But I have been careful, the feeling has come back to me, and I am more stable. And nothing feels pulled or broken, and _Linda, I am super bendy and flexible. But I can still feel the large bruise on my side from falling against the bathtub. <BR> <BR> My shower was great. I sat on a metal folding c... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 19:15:08 EST Surgery successful... I hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612383 I wrote this last night but my tablet was fighting the site all night long so I am posting this late. <BR> <BR> Good evening, all. I had my surgery today. What should have taken an hour, took 2. I now have a really heavy & cumbersome 2-piece cast wrapped all the way up to my knee. The cast is 15.5 inches around my ankle, which is normally 9 inches, and my calf is 19.5 inches, normally 15. So you get a image of how big this monstrosity is. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:14:13 EST What 39 looks like... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609074 So this will be a birthday picture blog for sure. I went out to dinner with my parents as it is also their anniversary. We had seafood and I LOVED it. We always enjoy going there. And Scotty played some of my favorite songs. <BR> <BR> So here are my birthday snapshots. And you can see that my lazy eye is getting worse... maybe it should be next on my list of things to get fixed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1369515300.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:52:44 EST Feeling a bit better today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606683 I am so excited. I am starting to feel a little bit better and I am so thankful!! <BR> <BR> I bought a TENS unit at Wally World today and I have used it in 6 places between my back and hips where I have been having most of my pain from these days. And now I can sit up in bed and type, so maybe this thing will help. Gonna have to buy mass quantities of batteries to keep it going! <BR> <BR> And I lost pounds in 2 days by getting my stomach straightened out. We have a family full of peo... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 23:24:32 EST 7 more days!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604659 I have spent the entire day from 8am to 4pm in doctor's offices. I am exhausted. The last appointment got me yet another shot in my back, but it still seems to be doing nothing. He prescribed me another anti-inflammatory instead of increasing my pain meds. Well guess what? Angela has be operating under severe pain and that's when "AngeLaw" comes into effect. Meaning that I am going to do it my way and you had better move! LOL So I will chill out tonight, take some extra meds and stay... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:47:13 EST One Appointment Down... 50 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603569 Well, it seems like 50, but it's really only 7. But that is still too much. <BR> <BR> Today I met my cardiologist. He and his staff are really sweet. I did the chemical stress test and he wants to look over it some more. Plus the EKG was still off a bit. So he's putting me on a beta blocker, and wants to see me back tomorrow for an echocardiogram. Of course, I have 2 pre-op meetings before I get to do that. Somewhere after all that I need to get an order for blood work and do that. <... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:27:20 EST Plan of Attack... Successful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602670 My early morning attack on the doctor's office has paid off. I am having a chemical stress test tomorrow morning at 7:30am. Then an appointment with the Cardiologist so he can explain what is happening and let me know whether or not I am cleared for surgery. I sure hope I am because I don't think I could do this under a local anesthetic. Plus I need the release for the ablation I am also trying to get done. Oh, on top of that, I think they give you anesthesia for a root canal, which I al... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:39:32 EST Pretty Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599263 Today was a pretty great day for me... even with all the stress from the doctor visits that are coming this week. <BR> <BR> I woke up to watching Silver Linings Playbook. If you haven't seen it and you know someone who suffers from rage or depression, it's a must-see. I loved that movie and it made me think about the silver linings to all things instead of seeing the negative and fighting for what you "think" you want, versus what is there in front of you that makes you happy. :-) <BR> ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:28:54 EST I DO Have A HEART!! It's just broke! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597255 My heart is not BROKEN, just broke. It just ain't working right. <BR> <BR> I failed my pre-op physical today. Did the EKG twice and they both showed me having a heart attack on each one. Heck, the very first one said there was an "unknown artifact", but neither the nurse or myself knew what that meant, so we did it again. Then again. So now I have to do a stress test. But this is exactly what my father just went through in December. How uncanny is that? <BR> <BR> And I hope they schedule... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:10:49 EST Turning Over a New Leaf... or Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596233 So I finally made the decision to separate myself from Alaska Man as I am finding he isn't being honest. So I am feeling clear headed about it and happy to know where I stand. Someone not telling you pertinent info because "I didn't want to hurt you", just hurts worse. So that dream is over and I am moving on quickly and with a positive attitude. And <BR> I cried last night but today I am surprisingly okay with it all and ready to move on. I'm smiling. I think not being around him was ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:43:18 EST First Ankle Surgery Scheduled! AGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594910 Well, it's coming. And fast! I am having my first ankle surgery on January 31st. I'm excited and scared spitless at the same time because I HATE getting cut on. But it's my ankle... and that's gonna put me out of commission for 3 weeks. Maybe it's a good thing I haven't been on bed rest 100% this week. I'm gonna be on it soon enough for the ankle. Maybe that will help with my back at THAT time. <BR> <BR> So I have to go back and see my nasty-attitude doctor this Friday... I just saw h... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:38:32 EST Bed Rest is for Sissies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593816 And I am only part sissy, so I did get on the bike today. After 40 minutes, I came back to bed to rest. I plan on trying one more trail on the bike tonight - a more difficult one since I can't walk outside. I tried to go out and walk 2 miles with my walking stick for extra support, but its FLOODED outside! Standing water everywhere in my "psycho-path". I do hope it starts soaking into the ground as we are expecting a lot of rain this weekend. <BR> <BR> So I took extra medication this af... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:20:27 EST Doctor's Suck!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592739 I went to my doctor today for an emergency visit as I still cannot stand still or sit or even lay down without screaming. I have not been able to go to the bathroom now because it has pinched that particular nerve so I have packed on 5 freaking pounds since I weighed in LAST NIGHT. That does NOT make me happy at all, but at least I know what is going on. He told me that not being able to go to the bathroom concerns him. Well, yeah. It concerns me a lot more than it concern him. I wanted to sa... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:24:35 EST Shaving the hound... a HUGE job. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590520 I don't have much to share today. My parents had to dress up for a lodge installation this evening. They were both like "OMG, It's so hot in these dress clothes!" It was 77 degrees in the house, after all. Now it is raining like all get out, so mom's hair has gone flat and she wasn't impressed about going in the first place, so I am sure she is red-faced by now. <BR> <BR> I am shaving Jackson. Well, starting to shave Jackson, I guess you should say. He is a Border Collie mix and has ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:25:56 EST I saw a "3" today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589217 I have been in the 240s for too long now. I was 225, then up to 250 (for goodness sake!), then down to 245-ish. After being off the scale for 4 days, I decided to step on see how the transition to cycling more than walking was working out. I was at 239.2. 239.4 this morning after being up until 4am last night. I think I ate a turkey dog and the remaining mac 'n' cheese at 3am because I lost my dinner to the porcelain again... dang medication! <BR> <BR> So I shook up the program and it s... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:45:22 EST Can't sit still. Can't stand still. Gotta Walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588216 I have had it with my spine. It hurts to lay down, sit up and stand. So I walked. I planned to just walk 2 miles, but my back said "hey, let's do 3!" So I rolled up my sweatpants, pulled up my shirt sleeves and walked 3 miles. The final mile in the drizzling rain, which felt kinda good since I was somewhat overdressed. It's 57 degrees out, cloudy, but no wind - thank goodness! So it was a good day to walk, especially after having to sit on my bum all day yesterday. <BR> <BR> Now I nee... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:34:38 EST New Ankles on order from Amazon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587228 NOT REALLY! But it was a great title! <BR> <BR> I saw my podiatrist today for the first time ever. Not only is he hunky and cute, but he has a couple of tattoos and is a riot. He loved it when I told him I haven't been able to wear hooker shoes since I was 25!! HAHA!! His response was "Yeah! Who doesn't want that!" So I think we are going to hit it off just fine. <BR> <BR> I took my shoes and socks off. As soon as he saw my feet hanging limply from the end of my legs, he shook his h... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:52:15 EST Worked Out Like a Mad Woman Today!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586102 It is COOOOOOOLLLLLDDDDD in NE Florida today. I woke up to 25 degrees, feeling like 10. Of course they say it'll be 79 on Saturday. And people wonder why Floridians are crazy and can't do simple things like vote correctly. HAHA <BR> <BR> So today was a day of me switching up my old workout routine so I can try to break this plateau. I ended up riding the bike for 13 miles, hit the weights for 40 minutes in a room that was only 40 degrees. Yep, I worked up a sweat in 40 degrees... perfe... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:22:53 EST Finding my "Whatever" Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584608 It seems that my attitude is finally swinging back around to the "whatever" philosophy I try to achieve on a daily basis. I don't want to be sad, angry, depressed, broken, bruised, etc. anymore. <BR> <BR> So I am dropping off bags of "wasteful thoughts and people" at the curb for trash pickup, and I am moving on. I can't kick my own butt any more than I already have. And my aggression is just fueling the depression. So... I do have a mental health consult appointment on Friday after my... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:54:14 EST Looking back... Preparing for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582931 Yes, I am preparing for 2014 after we are already in it, of course. It's just like me... late to the party. LOL Maybe I should be working on that this year too. Anyway... <BR> <BR> I went back to my reports to see why I haven't lost an overall pound in 2013. Probably because I wasn't living a clean lifestyle anymore, which is about to change... AGAIN. I did accomplish 35,906 Fitness Minutes, which my goal was 30,000. That was good to see and made me feel a little proud. <BR> <BR> I c... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:08:46 EST 2014 Resolutions & A Sad Day All Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580725 2014 Resolutions… <BR> <BR> -Turn 39 gracefully. Not sure how to pull this one off, but I am accepting ideas! 25 days to go!!! <BR> <BR> -Stop cussing so much. <BR> <BR> -Stay off the smokes – after this last half pack I have now. Sorry… I smoked on New Year’s Eve due to the social situation. <BR> <BR> -Smile every day. And make someone else smile too, regardless of how I feel because they probably feel as bad, or worse, as I do. Includes being nice to my often-mean brother. <BR> <B... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:20:31 EST 2013 Resolutions in Review... How Did I Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579518 2013 Resolutions in Review! I decided to go back to my post last year and see how I did... <BR> <BR> - Keep kicking butt every day by working out and walking at least 2 miles… gotta keep moving as one day I may not be able to move the way I can now. <BR> **KICKED ASS! 480/539 DAYS EXERCISING** <BR> <BR> -Lose my last 58 pounds and rock a new bod this year! And if I can’t lose that much, I will just continue to keep exercising and learn acceptance and maintain at my lowest weight. Co... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:45:25 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576482 I'm headed out shortly to spend a day or two with my friend, Debbie. We're sure to fall asleep early as she is recovering from foot surgery at the beginning of the month. Sadly enough, my bag is still packed and ready to roll out the door. Just one last check for personal grooming items and a shower and I am ready to roll. <BR> <BR> Ugh... it's gonna be a looooong day! LOL I'm thinking I am going to need more coffee after my shower to get me down there and into another warm house as the... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:54:33 EST Oh Brother! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576010 I woke up this morning after a hot flash/freezing night. I swear, they tell me I am too young for menopause but nothing about my health history is NORMAL. And I am not normal in so many ways. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my parents converge on my as I am chugging my first cup of coffee and tell me that my brother is talking to his ex-wife again about getting back together. She threw him out on Easter Sunday 2012. Had divorce finalized shortly after as they had no children nor property together. <BR... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:44:30 EST Water, Water and More Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574731 I think I am drowning in all this water I am drinking. LOL Yesterday, it as 18 glasses of water. THAT is a LOT of water, but I've been eating sodium-laden food, so it shouldn't be a problem. I know too much is a bad thing too, but I am probably just balancing myself out at this point. I can't wait until the ham is out of the fridge and those tasty little pieces are not tempting me every time I go in the fridge. <BR> <BR> And I fell down and had a cigarette last night. And I knew the se... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:16:58 EST Chubby Barbie and Stabbing with a Ceramic Squirrel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573819 Believe it or not, these were the first headlines today on Yahoo! The others were a the Victoria's Secret show and a sad story about a firefighter who arrived on scene Christmas Eve to pull his own daughter from a tragic car accident. <BR> <BR> Now, you tell me where in the heck I should be looking for REAL news. PLEASE? I have played ignorance for so long that I honestly don't even know where the real news can be found. I hate all the fitness hype as I get enough of that here. I hate s... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:28:28 EST Just call me Hippo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572986 And I am not joking about that! I am so terribly bloated that it is painful. I rode the recumbent bike for 20 minutes to get my system jumpstarted. I almost threw up on myself... literally. <BR> <BR> I finished the 6.67 miles and I had to come in and lay down and try to relax for a few minutes. Then I hit the scale because I knew something was terribly wrong. 234 yesterday and 237.6 today, and I feel every bit of it. My stomach feels like someone put an entire turkey inside me to cook.... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:30:06 EST The Day-After Lazy Bug Has Gotten Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572432 I don't know if it's coming down off the high of the before-Christmas hype, or I am just worn out from washing the dogs and having PMS. All I can tell you is that I did not eat much yesterday at Christmas dinner. We played it pretty low key. But I gained 4 pounds overnight and I FELT EVERY POUND when I went walking today. <BR> <BR> Had I not promised to dedicate my first mile to Sandy (SBECKER526) and her fight against breast cancer, I probably would not have made it my basic 2 miles toda... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:14:40 EST Merry 'Kray-Kray Adorbs' Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571660 Sorry for the crazy title, but my aunt is hooked on those commercials and it cracks me up every time I see them! And my mom still doesn't understand what they are saying... I keep telling her it's the upgraded version of the old 80s "valley girl" talk. She shakes her head and said she heard enough of that when we were kids. And I keep forgetting how long ago that was. <BR> <BR> So today is a wonderfully low-key day at my home. My brother is busy working at home on his only day off for ... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:06:13 EST Dancing in the Sun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568887 That's right! It was a warmish 74 degrees just 5 days before Christmas. I would go to the Keys, but it's warmer there. But I do feel like running away anyway. <BR> <BR> Family Christmas Party tomorrow... Stand around for hours with people I won't see for another 2 years and listen to them skip over the juicy details and just brag about themselves? SO NOT MY SCENE!! And the one person I would like to see is my cousin's soon-to-be-ex-husband. I think he will get me in the divorce! HAHA... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:13:57 EST Me no mad no more! Mo' betta now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568262 I totally forgot what a wonderful day and evening I had yesterday that I should have been more thankful for and THAT should have gotten me through the rough morning hours. <BR> <BR> My poor hounds don't smell as badly as they did, but I still haven't made it to their baths yet. I did, however, work SMART instead of HARD and cleaned them both up with baby wipes. They sure do help, even when it's not a stinky baby-booty they are cleaning up! I am thankful I did that last night, I can assure... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:16:43 EST Woke up on the wrong side of the bed... And flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567846 For REAL!! I was pissed off before 9am today. So, definitely making Max sleep on that side of the bed tomorrow morning. He wedged himself into my bed and pushed me to the non-heated side last night. It was 40 this morning and our heat was only on 60. It was cold in here. <BR> <BR> I smoked 2 cigarettes for no reason yesterday. I knew I didn't want them, I was just stressed out. I lit the third and put it back in the pack. Left the pack at a friend's house. I don't need that crap, bu... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:12:43 EST Workng out like a DOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566778 Well, I forced myself up and out of bed with a really bad back. I did my 2 miles walking, hit the weights, and did some super-intense situps and back extensions which made my back scream even more. <BR> <BR> But I did it. I DID IT!!! Even though I didn't want to, I did it. <BR> <BR> Hello Spark, meet Angela. We are gonna get to know each other all over again. <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> <em>521</em> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:56:26 EST If a PERSON falls and no one is around to hear it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566066 Does it make any noise? Yes! After some serious moaning and cussing after my head BOUNCED off the ground this afternoon, the most noise came from my stupid dog, Jack, who sat 20 feet away and barked like I was breaking into his food bin or something. LOL <BR> <BR> I guess he still isn't used to seeing me laying on the ground. Wish he was like Lassie and could tell someone that "Timmie fell into the well" or at least help me up, for goodness sake! He wouldn't come near me until I was par... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:09:34 EST Gone, Baby, Gone! Garage Sale is OVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565118 FOREVER!!! <BR> <BR> I finally got my father motivated in packing up the garage sale items and donating them to the local Low-Income Animal Hospital Thrift Store (First Coast No More Homeless Pets). <BR> <BR> Honestly, I did it to end the bickering in the house, not because I wanted to stand outside in the blustering winds and pack up individual plates, cups, etc. It seems almost everything we had out there was breakable! But I got started packing my uncle's things in bins for him to ta... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:15:33 EST