BKWERM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BKWERM BKWERM'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/ BL Frosted Fitness Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445652 Fitness ITC: <BR> <BR> N - Never give up! Develop a fitness plan. <BR> <BR> Complete Cize program alternating with ST days and a rest day, which may or may not include yoga or a walk. <BR> <BR> Aim for at least 2 walks/hikes per week. <BR> <BR> E - Evaluate what has worked for you and what has not. Do you need to adjust your plan? <BR> <BR> I need to exercise AND eat healthily. If I don't exercise on a given day, EAT LESS and don't load up on treats. <BR> <BR> W - Weigh in! What is ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 14:56:16 EST 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445643 2017 didn't exactly work out the way I thought it would. I started a new med for my RA and it's not working as well as the Rituxan did so I thought I would have a lower number of days exercised in 2017. However, I actually exercised 302 days in 2017, which is 18 days more than in 2016 so that's good. <BR> <BR> But, I was pretty achy for a lot of the year. Between the new med and all the rain we had, I suffered a bit. <BR> <BR> You'd think with all that exercise, I would have lost some ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 14:37:01 EST Daily Challenges I'm Doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411599 I just wanted to post my daily challenges somewhere that I can refer to as necessary especially when they're a new thing for me and not routine yet. <BR> <BR> Squat Push Pull Hinge Other (SPPHO) <BR> <BR> S 1st wk 5 squats per day <BR> P 1st wk 5 bench pushups per day <BR> P 1st wk 5 towel pullups on door knob per day <BR> H 1st wk 5 hinge/bending at the waist <BR> O 1st wk 5 glute bridges per day (I don't know what the "O" stands for) <BR> <BR> <BR> ANALOGY FOR PULL-UPS thanks ... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:44:15 EST It Might Have Worked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406513 So, I've been doing the RushFit exercise program for a month now and as you might expect, I've had to make some modifications because of my wonky knees and the arthritis in them as well as the rest of my joints but today, I proved to myself that I definitely have balance problems as it was during the Balance & Agility workout that I crashed and burned. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So, they have this move called a Gorilla Walk, which is described like this on <link>https://caloriebee.com/wor... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:26:15 EST The Breathing Hole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404673 My husband and I just saw this play at the Stratford (Ontario) Festival and it was really good. Here's a description of the play plus a photo of the main characters: <BR> <BR> In 1534, an Inuit widow, Huumittuq, has a strange dream. The next day, she discovers an orphaned polar bear cub and – somewhat to the alarm of her community – adopts it. Over the next 500 years, the bear encounters many other humans, among them explorer Sir John Franklin and his doomed crew, 21st-century scientists an... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 19:05:07 EST RushFit - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394369 Yesterday was a cardio day, my choice so I did Kelly Coffey-Meyer's 30 Minutes to Fitness - Cardio Quick Fix combined workouts. <BR> <BR> If you don't know about Kelly Coffey-Meyer's 30 Minutes to Fitness workouts, they're great! There are two 30-minute workouts on each DVD plus a bunch of premixes with various combinations of the two 30-minute workouts. Very versatile and that's why I own a lot of them. <BR> <BR> Today was RushFit's Abdominal Strength & Core Conditioning workout. <BR> <... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:09:09 EST RushFit: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) 8-Week Exercise Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393583 I have one workout left from the previous workout program I did (you can refer to this blog - <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200002 </link> for what that program was) <BR> <BR> So, I decided to start this 8-week program called RushFit. Here's what the workout guide says about RushFit: <BR> <BR> "GSP (Georges St-Pierre) RushFit is the ultimate home fitness program. If you're looking to get in the best shape of your life or you're a serious MM... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 17:59:55 EST New Teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393074 Got my new teeth yesterday. The bottom ones aren't too bothersome; it's the top ones that hurt. <BR> <BR> I've decided it's more important for me to learn how to talk with them in rather than learning how to eat with them in since I typically don't eat in front of other people. That said, if anyone has any advice, it would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> So, I have until Monday to learn how to talk with them and I have until Friday (a week from now) to learn how to eat with them because that's ... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:26:51 EST I'm having a crappy week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296883 I'm having a crappy week. The high point of the week has been my toast every morning. For a change, it's coming out of the toaster perfectly toasted, not too much and not too little plus the bread this week doesn't have any air pockets in it so my peanut butter and honey isn't leaking through and all over the place like it normally does. Sweet! <BR> <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> A supervisor emailed me wondering what was the status of the 4 computers I had ordered for him last fall? WHAT??? I didn'... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:47:17 EST Worry and Maybe A Little Hope? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260698 So as you all know, I've had a cough for the past 19 months. I've had numerous tests and they've all come back normal. I've tried multiple cough remedies including some far out ones like Vicks on the soles of my feet to having a spoonful of honey to taking oil of oregano plus of course, the more traditional remedies like cough syrup, cough candies, etc. and nothing helped. <BR> <BR> But my good SparkFriend, Karen2lose55 suggested that maybe it was a side effect of one of the medications I ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 05:28:44 EST Endoscopy and the Cough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257072 I've had a rough week so far in that I was awake half the night coughing both Sunday and Monday nights. This morning, I emailed my boss around 6 a.m. to say I needed a couple more hours of sleep but I would make up the time and went into work late. <BR> <BR> I also saw my family doctor today to get the results of my endoscopy. The good news is that the biopsy and scan showed no problems whatsoever. Great (she says with heavy sarcasm)! Still no diagnosis for the cough I've had for 19 mont... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:34:56 EST BLC32 WEC - What Am I Doing Right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249491 For the Week 5 WEC (weekend challenge), we're supposed to blog about what we're doing right. Initially, I was thinking that since I've been essentially plateauing since June, I probably wasn't doing much right but reading the blogs of the other Ninjas has provided some motivation. <BR> <BR> 1. I haven't given up and I won't give up. I'm in for the long haul despite how long it's taking. <BR> <BR> 2. I'm getting back into the routine of hiking. I love hiking but I took the summer off beca... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:06:09 EST Because Of A Promise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245171 For this weekend's challenge, I'm supposed to blog about why I will never give up my dream of achieving a healthy weight and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> in 1998, my mother was dying from lung cancer. She had been heavy for a lot of years prior to getting sick but when she got cancer, she finally got to the weight she wanted. She made me promise that I wouldn't put off getting healthy and losing weight until I was sick and dying like she did and she said that as incentive, she would pay for me to ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 13:46:02 EST S.M.A.R.T. Goals for BLC32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231919 S.M.A.R.T. Goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Goals that are put down in writing - lose weight. <BR> <BR> 2. Goals are specific and measurable - lose 10 pounds by the end of 2016 <BR> <BR> 3. Goals are attainable and realistic - they are. <BR> <BR> 4. Goals have a specific timeline - it does. <BR> <BR> 5. Goals are significant. Before you can get really motivated to accomplish a given goal, you must aspire to accomplish something that's personally meaningful. Ask yourself the "5 Why's" you want... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:22:18 EST I Want to Start A Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225523 I know I already blog here on SP and I have another blog on a different website but I want to start a blog where I can talk about anything and where I set the rules and don't have to adhere to other people's rules and standards and I want to be anonymous so that people I know in real life don't know that it's my blog. Is that too much to ask? <BR> <BR> When I first joined SparkPeople, way back in 2007, blogging didn't come naturally and I tended to only do it when I had to. In fact, it kin... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:47:59 EST The Tragically Hip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219835 My husband and I went to see The Tragically Hip at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton last night for what is sure to be their last show here since the lead singer, Gord Downie was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable brain cancer earlier this year. I just wrote a review of the concert for SongKick and I wanted to save it somewhere else for my memory: <BR> <BR> <em>636</em> <em>636</em> <em>636</em> <em>636</em> <em>636</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The energy of the crowd was am... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:51:13 EST BLC32 Registration is Now Open http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212648 If you need a fun and challenging and motivating way to lose weight then you should join BLC. You'll make a lot of new friends and do things that you never thought you could and, the bonus? You might even lose weight. <BR> <BR> The best way to receive notification of each BLC round is to join the Mailing List Team. If you're interested, here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t<BR>eam_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2996<BR>8x50602x61189012 </link> <BR> <B... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:28:15 EST My Vacation (Long) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202827 Tomorrow is my last day of this round of vacation days. It's been an eventful one and in some ways, I wish I'd had more down time but it's not my last vacation from work this year so I'll try to enjoy more downtime during the remaining ones. <BR> <BR> My first day absent from work was June 30 when I went for my second dose of my six-month Rituxan infusion. It went well and I'm finally learning to pretty much ignore the nurse as she's less grumpy if I don't bother her when she's busy. <BR> ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:31:07 EST Variety is the Spice of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200002 So, I'm one of those people who gets bored with doing the same thing all the time especially exercise (except hiking and swimming, which I love doing anytime <em>41</em> ) and because I get bored easily with my exercise, I usually buy myself a new workout to do so consequently, I have over 150 workouts on DVD. <BR> <BR> I'm also the type of person who likes to track things on a spreadsheet and make lists. I track my exercise on a spreadsheet and I also have a list of my exercise DVDs on ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:52:27 EST An Update on My Mother-in-Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197144 We moved my MIL into her new home on June 15. I ended up taking the day off work so I could be there if I wanted to. DH drew the "short straw" as the sibling to take his mum to her new home but the night before the move, his sister and brother both said they wanted to be there, too so it turned into kind of a party moving her in. <BR> <BR> The morning of June 15, DH picked his mum up from his sister's place in Toronto and when they were almost all the way to the nursing home, he told her t... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 19:36:04 EST My Mother-in-Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181361 It's been a rough week. I've had an underlying current of anxiety with me every day. My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's and last Monday, she was placed on the critical list for getting into a nursing home due to starting wandering (she escaped from my sister-in-law's house 3 times). She also believes she's living in the house (her daughter's) where her mother was murdered and she's afraid she'll be murdered there, too (by her daughter and son-in-law) and just for the record, her mother never li... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 10:25:45 EST Medical Appointment Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171893 On Thursday, I met with 3 of my doctors. <BR> <BR> My first appointment was with the ENT doctor about my ear. So you know I've had fluid coming out of the tube that he put in my ear on May 4? Well, apparently, it wasn't supposed to do that and apparently (as he remembers it but neither my husband nor I do), he told me that if any fluid was coming out, it meant it was infected and to call him immediately. WHAT? Apparently, the tube is just there to dry the ear out. Who knew? It seemed ... Sat, 28 May 2016 11:28:21 EST BLC30 Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156028 I lost 7.4 pounds during BLC30 and here are my before and after measurements: <BR> <BR> January Chest - 39 <BR> May Chest - 38 <BR> <BR> January Waist - 37.5 <BR> May Waist - 36.5 <BR> <BR> January Belly - 46 <BR> May Belly - 42 <BR> <BR> January Hips - 46.25 <BR> May Hips - 45 <BR> <BR> January Thigh - 23 <BR> May Thigh - 21.25 Wed, 4 May 2016 06:47:15 EST Cough & Ear Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156027 I had my ENT appointment yesterday. After waiting an hour and a half in the waiting room and getting more and more anxious about the whole procedure, I was finally let into the examining room 45 minutes after my scheduled appointment. <BR> <BR> The doctor told me as I was getting ready for the tube insertion that my throat scan definitely showed that I have acid reflux and that he would be following up with my family doctor who would contact me re next steps. So, that's good, I guess. I w... Wed, 4 May 2016 06:46:15 EST BLC (BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE) IS REGISTERING NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149127 The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 15 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 9+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. During the busy summer months, we have a Summer Camp round which runs for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some c... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:12:40 EST More Health Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143592 My new ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) doctor prescribed a medication for acid reflux for me a month ago as he thought my cough might be a mild case of GERD. He said the medication would take about a month to work and scheduled a follow up appointment for me yesterday. He also had scheduled me for a hearing test yesterday since I've had a congested feeling in my left ear since the beginning of November. <BR> <BR> First of all, he seemed genuinely surprised that the acid reflux medication hadn't h... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:00:02 EST Aqua Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136297 I had my first aqua bootcamp class last night. I wasn't too impressed. First of all, it was essentially just running up and down the length of the pool and pushing a pool noodle up and down in the water. Second of all, I had major cramps in my legs and feet for most of it and thirdly, after the class, I asked the instructor for advice on what to do about the cramps and she condescendingly said, "well, it is a bootcamp you know" Like my physical condition had anything to do with my cramps.... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:42:26 EST Home from Mexico http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112756 Overall, my dad and I had a great week in Mexico. The resort was superb and well worth the money we spent to go there. There were a few piddly little things that were irksome but the view, the pool, the room, the staff and the food more than made up for them and I would easily go back there again. <BR> <BR> The one thing I was worried about was gaining too much weight when I was there. There was a lot of really tasty food there and I ate way more than I normally do but I exercised every d... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 17:05:57 EST Paradisus Cancun - Days 1 to 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108747 Dinner at the Japanese restaurant, Bana, on Day 1 turned out to be pretty good except for the soup I ordered. The soup tasted like how you would expect sweaty socks to taste - YUCK! Even my dad didn't like it and he likes everything. <BR> <BR> The rest of the dinner was good. We each had 3 kinds of sushi that came with pickled ginger and wasabi, neither of which I had ever tried before. I tried both on their own first and didn't hate them so I added them to the sushi rolls I had and enjo... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 17:04:21 EST Paradisus Cancun - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106935 We arrived in Cancun before 8 p.m. last night, about 45 minutes earlier than we were supposed to so that meant by the time we got our bags and got the shuttle to our resort, It was not as late a night as it might have been. <BR> <BR> It's a pretty posh resort. Even though we arrived at night, it was pretty evident in that the front foyer had the de rigeur marble floors but the main reception desk was in a glassed in room to the left of the front door as were all the shops, restaurants and b... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:04:12 EST A Long but Productive Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102236 I had a long and extremely busy day, which seemed longer because I only had about 4 hours of sleep last night (coughed from about 10:30 to about 3:30) but I had to get up by 8 as I had an appointment with a new counsellor scheduled for 10, which went well. I liked her and have another appointment with her on March 9. <BR> <BR> After that, I went to Winners and found a new cross-body purse, which I'm really happy about as I desperately needed a new one. The one I've been using when I travel... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:06:06 EST Health Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079881 Good afternoon. <BR> <BR> I had a meeting with Return to Work (RTW) Services at work last Wednesday that included my boss and my union rep. The rep from RTW services was concerned that I hadn't successfully returned to full duties when I came back on January 4 and wanted me to meet with my doctor to discuss what he could do to help me. <BR> <BR> RTW was concerned that I used 3 vacation days rather than attending work full-time. However, I had purposely booked the first Friday off because ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:48:59 EST Feeling Anxious but Don't Know Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065937 I've spent the past two days cleaning due to a woman from Home Depot who is coming on Monday to measure our front picture window for blinds. Not that the house is actually that "dirty". It's more cluttered than dirty but still it takes a while to do because I have to figure out where to put all the clutter and the worst apart about it is that my husband doesn't even seem to notice it. <BR> <BR> I was running late on Friday for my hair appointment. I had gone grocery shopping and had just ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:23:37 EST I Cleaned Out 4 Purses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064977 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf6f5910-35ec-451d-be39-bfec9bff3593.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0628c27d-b9f3-4ae9-a990-624a156ea105.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Essentially, what I ended up with was: <BR> <BR> - lots of loose mints/hard candy <BR> - 5 packs of gum <BR> - 2 combs <BR> - 6 pens <BR> - 5 glasses cleaning cloths <BR> - 3 tins of Excel mints <BR> - 2 containers of Tic Tacs <BR> - 3 tea bags <BR> - 4 packages of Splenda and 2 packages of Truvia <BR... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 14:40:19 EST Looking for a Challenge? Then BLC30 might be for you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062815 The Biggest Loser Team (BLC) is looking for new team members. If you're the type of person who does better with the help of friends who not only support but motivate you and hold you accountable as well then this team might be the perfect team for you. <BR> <BR> The basic requirements are posting often, exercising regularly, eating right and doing challenges on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> If this sounds like something you might be able to do, the BLC team is perfect for you. <BR> <BR> Th... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 06:41:03 EST 2015 Reflections & Looking Ahead to 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057466 I had a bad 2015 that started with a cough at the end of February which I still have, lots of changes at work that were made worse by the number of times I took sick days due to the cough so that I ended up having a nervous breakdown at work in August so I took 3 months off from work on stress leave. I lost the hearing in my left ear at the beginning of November and it's still that way. My doctor says it's just fluid in the middle ear and there's nothing to be done about it. I kind of lost... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 22:10:26 EST I'm so angry at my doctor... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045517 Since the last time I blogged, I've been back at work for the better part of two weeks for 2 hours a day. I've found that I'm fine if I can focus on just one task at a time. If I try to do more than one task at a time, I get anxious. <BR> <BR> And, this week has been brutal as I've had appointments every morning before heading into work. <BR> <BR> Additionally, my truck has been in and out of the garage due to ongoing repairs, which still aren't done so that's frustrating, too. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:16:52 EST Returning to Work, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036770 I had a Return to Work meeting on Thursday with my boss, HR and my union rep. It was held at my office and I was feeling pretty anxious about it. HR says they always try to schedule Return to Work meetings in the same location the employee works to give them some time to check out their workstation and maybe talk to a few friends. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I was perfectly willing to wait until my work start date to do those things but on the plus side, maybe I won't be as nervous then as I might... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:11:00 EST Update on My Health & Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031605 So, the good news is that the cough hardly bothers me at all these days, usually just a little bit in the morning especially when I'm exercising. The bad news is that my left ear for the most part and sometimes my right ear are clogged. I did go to the doctor about it over a week ago and doesn't it figure that both ears were totally clear that day and then they plugged right back up immediately the next day. Today, my left ear is totally plugged and I feel pretty deaf but I have another ap... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:56:46 EST Outcome of 2 Appointments This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012201 I had two appointments this week that I want to update you about. <BR> <BR> Psychologist Appointment - Tuesday, October 6 <BR> <BR> The first appointment was on Tuesday afternoon with my Employee Assistance Plan psychologist. This was my second appointment with her. My first appointment was a couple of weeks ago. At my first appointment, I told her all about what led me to her (the changes at work, the new computer system at work, the new legislation surrounding what kind of training I ... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 14:07:50 EST Health Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999880 I thought you might like to have a little update about how I’m doing. I don’t feel like I’m doing well at all. <BR> <BR> I still have the cough, although it’s not as bad as it initially was. My family doctor is following up on the respirologist referral and I should find out next week when I’ll have an appointment. <BR> <BR> I’ve been seeing a psychotherapist and she’s very nice but I don’t feel she’s helping me much. Initially, I picked her because she had a BA in English from the Unive... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:16:41 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993565 I feel tired, unsettled and anxious today. I don't know why as I'm just hanging out alone, reading on the deck, which usually calms me. <BR> <BR> Maybe, it's the humidity, although it's quite pleasant today with a nice breeze. Maybe, it's that the air conditioner on my truck broke on Sunday but it's getting fixed tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Maybe, it's the fact that it's the first day back to school and I feel like I'm missing my routine, my schedule. Never mind that I was supposed to be on vaca... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 16:57:20 EST It's Been Quite the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988341 So, it turns out that being out and functioning in the world also causes me to feel anxious. I had my follow-up appointment with my GP today and I must admit I was kind of nervous that he would send me back to work sooner than I felt ready for but I had to get him to fill out a form for work about my medical leave and he put on it that I'll probably be off for several weeks. I hope he's right. <BR> <BR> After my appointment, I decided to go grocery shopping since I hadn't on the weekend and... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:39:54 EST 2015 hasn't been wonderful so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984044 I got sick New Year's Eve and I probably should have been forewarned that starting the year off that way wasn't going to be good. <BR> <BR> My dad and I went to Cuba at the end of February. He was sick with a cold before we left but was counting on the hot Caribbean sunshine healing him. Unfortunately, we only had 2 days like that before it turned grey, windy and cool. Didn't help him at all and unfortunately, I got his cold on our return. In fact, I've had the cough portion of the cold ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:38:08 EST A Fun Summer Quiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977882 I received this summer quiz in an email and thought it seemed like something fun to find out from my friends. If you want to answer, too, create your own blog with the answers and send me the link. I can’t wait to see your answers (my answers are below). <BR> <BR> 1. What is your favourite summer treat? <BR> <BR> 2. What is your favourite summer fruit? <BR> <BR> 3. What is your favourite summer activity? <BR> <BR> 4. If you have a hot and sunny day off, what do you like to do best? <B... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:22:53 EST BLC29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976668 The Biggest Loser Team (BLC) is looking for new blood. If you need the support of a wonderful bunch of SP members and the motivation provided by fierce competition to help you lose weight, this might be the perfect team for you. <BR> <BR> The basic requirements are posting often, exercising regularly, eating right and doing challenges on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> If this sounds like something you might be able to do, the BLC team is perfect for you. If you're interested, please join the ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:24:59 EST Another Cough Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961338 Today was my appointment with my GP. He took me seriously right off the bat since I was coughing before he even got into the room as I hadn’t taken any anti-coughing meds since 10 this morning (my appointment was at 3:40). <BR> <BR> I had typed up a summary of the cough which included the dates I’d been off sick, the symptoms I’ve had, when it’s worse, the side effects of the symptoms, everything I’ve tried and what has and hasn’t worked, the tests I’ve had and the results of same, the opin... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:28:11 EST Vacation is Done (for now) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960197 Good afternoon. <BR> <BR> It's officially my last day of vacation (this time around). <em>39</em> So far today, I've made my clean eating protein packed banana bread and some Parmesan & Herbed Chicken Thighs. I was going to grill some zucchini, too but I guess I waited too long as it was moldy. <BR> <BR> I also exercised for an hour and called my doctor's office about the CT scan. So the good news is I don't have lung cancer or any other scary and fatal disease. The bad news is I stil... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:56:10 EST 2015 Goals & How I'm Doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951868 Review and tweaking our goals is part of the weekend challenge for this round of BLC. Here are my 2015 goals and how I'm doing on them: <BR> <BR> - lose 10 pounds (I've lost 4 so far) <BR> <BR> - eat clean more often and eat less junk (I'm doing pretty well on this. Weekends are still tougher as I feel like I deserve a treat by the end of the week.) <BR> <BR> - exercise a minimum of 6 days a week (I've exercised 159 days so far this year, which is a little less than half the number of d... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:35:07 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944179 I just got an email from SP saying SP has received enough votes for me to become a "SparkPeople Motivator." <BR> <BR> Congratulations! For recognition, your SparkPage now has a special "SparkPeople Motivator" icon, and your SparkPage will be featured more prominently on the main SparkPages section of the site. <BR> <BR> Way cool, right? This came about because people are always telling me how motivating I am and SparkFriends all around me keep getting SP Motivator awards but I never did an... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:46:07 EST