CARTOONB's SparkPeople Blog CARTOONB's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Procrastination Sometimes, procrastination is my friend. For example, at work I might be asked to work on an "urgent" project. Or asked to get some information for someone. But, if I don't start working on it right away, the request may go away. Priorities change. Needs change. Someone else fulfills the request. Yay me! <BR> <BR> There are other times, however, that procrastination is not so good for me. For example, I should be doing what I said I was on my SP Status (menus and grocery list). But... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:45:36 EST Keeping it short tonight Today, I left work a little early. I had a meeting at 6, so I made it to the gym before the meeting started. It ended early, so I had time to eat and get my food ready for tomorrow. And, tomorrow's dinner is prep required tonight. That said, tonight is going to be an early night!!! <BR> <BR> I'm caught up in WWF, BWF, HWF AND Trivia Crack! Gonna get my minimum six hours sleep tonight! Good night! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calori... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:04:46 EST Just a streak update tonight Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 2 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 0 day streak <BR> Days with no Monsters - 42 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:18:32 EST High School Reunion is coming up! My 30th HS reunion is this summer. My dad and his wife still live in the area, but I would rather stay at a hotel. One of the activities is dinner and drinks at a Mexican restaurant in town and I don't want to feel like I need to hurry back to their house so they don't worry. I want to stay out as late as I want! LOL! There is only one small motel in my hometown (population 4231 as of 2014). The closest "big" town is about 30 minutes away. <BR> <BR> While searching for a hotel room,... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:54:36 EST Perfect day for ice cream But I have no calories least not enough. Besides, we are having an ice cream social at work on Wednesday. Need to save the calories for that!! Plus, I'm not hungry. Odd, right? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 0 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 3 day streak <BR> Days with no Monsters - 40 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:41:47 EST Perfect day for ice cream But I have no calories least not enough. Besides, we are having an ice cream social at work on Wednesday. Need to save the calories for that!! Plus, I'm not hungry. Odd, right? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 0 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 3 day streak <BR> Days with no Monsters - 40 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:36:44 EST Had a great day eating wings and seeing friends! Today was so much fun!!! I got to the park at 6:30 this morning and was busy cooking by 7:00. We had bacon, hash browns, sausage and eggs all cooking on a huge skillet-trailer. It is a trailer with propane and two huge grills. It was about 7 or 8 feet long!! <BR> <BR> After we got done cooking breakfast, I set up the canopy and my chair and filled out all of my raffle tickets, And then the wings were ready!!! I tried almost every kind but I skipped the hot ones. Ate too much, but at... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:27:46 EST I think I plan too much! Tomorrow is the Wing Off, an event where 40 - 50 different cooks gather in a local park with their own recipe for wings. For a flat fee ($15 or $20, depending on when you paid), you get to taste any and all of the wings that interest you. Plus, I know a lot of the cooks and the other folks who come. It is a full day of socializing! <BR> <BR> I've been planning for this day for a couple of weeks. And all I need to do is take my chair and something to drink. Really. It's that simple!! ... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:27:43 EST Happy Anniversary to my Hubby! DH and I are celebrating our 27th anniversary on Friday!! Feels like we were married just yesterday. I mean, I'm not old enough to have been married that long, so my math must be off, right? LOL!! <BR> <BR> We are celebrating like many long-married couples do. We are telling each other Happy Anniversary and going out to dinner on Saturday. Party!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (we... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:25:36 EST Had to play around the ducks in the outfield As some of you may know/remember, we had a very wet winter (snow) and a wet (for us) spring. In fact, it has rained and snowed so much that all of the reservoirs, lakes, canals, etc. in the area are at or near capacity. And the snow melt is still snow, but is it warming up. Which means that more water is heading our way. <BR> <BR> Because of all of the water, we have had a lot of flooding, especially near the river. Entire neighborhoods are underwater. The greenbelt that is parallel t... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:28:20 EST Do you wear color at work? I was at a meeting today and noticed that everyone in there was wearing muted colors. Muted blues. Muted grays. Muted greens/olives. Everyone, that is, except me. I was wearing a dark gray shirt with a jacket over it. The jacket has light gray sleeves. And bright green center. I mean bright...almost neon. <BR> <BR> In fact, most days I wear bright colors. A lot of bright colors. Pinks, greens (not muted), bright blues, oranges. Lots of oranges. Not much yellow (not sure why) an... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:28:30 EST I'm counting it!! My calorie count says I'm over by 22 calories. And tomorrow will be about 50 over. I'm counting them both as in!! Compared to where I have been, these two days will be wins!!! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 1 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 3 day streak <BR> Days with no Monsters - 34 Sun, 11 Jun 2017 22:32:40 EST Fabulous 500 Workout After yoga, I stuck around for HIRT. Today's work out was the Fabulous 500. Fifty reps of each of the exercises below followed by five "sprints" from the gym to the pizza place at the other end of the parking lot (I jogged all but one-half of one lap. That one, I walked!). <BR> <BR> Renegade row - with push ups <BR> Inverted pull ups - on a bar <BR> Bench hops <BR> Push-ups <BR> Mason twist - formerly Russian twists <BR> Crunch with medicine ball - crunch up, put medicine ball feet. Lay ... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:37:12 EST Things take longer than I thought When I first typed the title for this blog, I was thinking about the things that I planned to get done today. Workout, laundry, post office, pictures for project, check out some workouts for ideas for future workouts, dinner, Spark. The things I did get done took a little longer than expected. Plus, I didn't figure in time for lunch and breakfast. And I read a few pages of my book. All in all, I did not get everything done. And I'm okay with that. <BR> <BR> As I was typing, I realized ... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 22:37:22 EST I really like softball!! My coed softball team had a game tonight. The weather was a little chilly and overcast and it rained before the game started. During the game, it dripped a little bit, but not too bad. We won the toss and were in the field first (home team, gets last at bat). <BR> <BR> I play right field because that is one spot where I can do the least amount of harm. LOL! I am not a great fielder, but I'm not horrible. I did have two balls hit to me tonight (which is two more than normal!). One wa... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 00:19:30 EST It's not my fault!!! It's almost 10 o'clock at night and I'm not in bed. Nor am I really ready for bed. Nor ready to go to bed. But it's not my fault!!! The sun isn't even down all of the way yet. Close, but not quite! <BR> <BR> Plus, I had to do a load of laundry. <BR> <BR> And it's my turn to play in Boggle, Trivia Crack AND WWF! I can't leave all of those people hanging all night!! <BR> <BR> And I need to spin the wheel on Spark...I'm at 900+ days for my current streak. <BR> <BR> And I'm not ti... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 23:52:58 EST Monster craving Literally...craving a monster! Not right now, but earlier this morning. I was working on a spreadsheet this morning and I kept falling asleep at the keyboard!! I ended up standing up to work and taking a fairly long walk around the plant to wake up. I managed to wake up and make it through without giving in to the monster craving. But it was soooooo hard!!! I wish I liked coffee!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of ... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 22:29:54 EST Figuring it out Thank you all for the comments on my "I don't understand" blog. It helps to know that I am not alone in my struggles. Today was a better day with calories and temptations. I'm in calorie range and I ate a lot of food (mostly vegetables). Tomorrow is looking good too...similar to today. Hoping to keep up this improved attitude for at least a day at a time!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 1 day streak ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 23:36:13 EST I don't understand Every morning, I wake up motivated. Every evening, I end up with too many calories. Sometimes it is due to poor planning. Sometimes it is due to hunger. Sometimes it is due to an attack of "I deserve it!". <BR> <BR> The part I don't understand is why now? I've been able to control most of my urges in the past. Or plan for them and work around them. Why am I struggling now? <BR> <BR> Can someone examine my life and all of my secret thoughts and feelings and explain what's going o... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 23:23:49 EST Good thing I finished my book! The air conditioning is on in my house since the temps are in the 90's. However, I get cold in the air conditioning (the rest of the family is comfortable). So, I took advantage of the warmer (but not too warm yet) temps and read outside for a while today. I managed to finish my latest book...Jack Reacher No Middle Name, a collection of short stories about Jack Reacher. <BR> <BR> After I finished my book and got the next load of laundry going, it was time to walk to the library and pick... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 00:08:53 EST Finally feeling like almost summer! We had a long, cold winter with fifty billion feet of snow!! At least it felt that way. Then, the spring has been cold and wet with fifty billion inches of rain! Lots of flooding, especially by the river. <BR> <BR> Today, the high was in the 80's...and this weekend will be in the 90's!! I sat outside for a little while today to warm up (air conditioning is NOT my friend! LOL!). I'm looking forward to walking to the library tomorrow and soaking up the warmth and sun. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 00:24:51 EST Just an update! Two nights of being short on sleep is too much. Keeping this short tonight so I can get to bed early and get more sleep. <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 2 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 0 day streak <BR> Days with no Monsters - 23 (VERY tempted today!!) Wed, 31 May 2017 23:18:10 EST Can working out throughout the year improve my softball performance? Tonight was our fourth or fifth game of the season. I seem to be hitting the ball a little bit better this year than I did last year. And, I'm not getting out at 1st as often. AND, I haven't pulled a muscle yet (knock wood!). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tonight, after I hit the ball one of the times I was up to bat, I ran to first (cos that's what you're supposed to! LOL!). I was safe and my teammate... Wed, 31 May 2017 00:35:44 EST Happy Memorial Day!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank you to all of our veterans and current armed forces. <BR> <BR> Took the day to rest and recover and get some things done. DH, DS and I went to the movies and watched Pirates Of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was good! Had a BBQ with DD and her BF. <BR> <BR> Now to prepare for the next work week. <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying ... Mon, 29 May 2017 23:40:09 EST Catching up This has been a busy last few days!! After my busy Thursday, I thought the weekend would bring some relief. Turns out, I was wrong. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday was spent getting my hair done, grocery shopping, going to a party at a friend's house and then finishing the grocery shopping after that! <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Mon, 29 May 2017 00:08:11 EST Work, Escape from the Secret Room and Softball! My work team had a "team building" activity today. We all worked until noon and then headed to lunch. After lunch, we met at one of the Escape Rooms. We had three rooms for the whole group - Pirates, Wild West and Wizards. I was in the Pirates room. We had one hour to find all of the clues that would lead us to the key to unlock the door to "escape". (Legally, we could not be locked in with no way out. There was a key that we could have used to get out, but what fun is that?) We did N... Fri, 26 May 2017 00:25:45 EST Streak update First, thank you all for the comments on my Negative Reinforcement blog. It is definitely something I have to think more about. Updates to follow! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 1 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 20 day streak <BR> Days with no Monsters - 16 Wed, 24 May 2017 23:20:25 EST Does negative reinforcement work? A lot of the articles I read talk about the importance of positive reinforcement in everything from raising your kids to your own lifestyle/food choices. Reward yourself with small, non-food treats if you reach smaller goals. Bigger goals equals bigger rewards. <BR> <BR> I like the idea of positive reinforcement but have never made that work for me. Partly because I can't think of rewards that I want to allow myself and partly because I am cheap. <BR> <BR> So, I started thinking abou... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:59:45 EST My youngest is now a high school graduate!! Tonight was DS's graduation!!! He was so cute! We were on the top level so he was a very long way away. We cheered really loud so he could hear us! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 2 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 18 day streak <BR> Days with no Monsters - 14 Tue, 23 May 2017 00:31:22 EST Got some work done today Spent some time working on outside today. Finished turning over the garden spot (with DS's help) and walked around the neighborhood a couple of times to run errands. Then sat in the sun reading until it was time to start dinner. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I get to buy the boy's graduation gift (new suitcase, packed with his own clothes) I will also buy some top soil so I can plant my strawber... Sun, 21 May 2017 21:05:25 EST Ahhhhhh!!! Such a relaxing day! Did yoga in the morning and got laundry going when I got home. Walked to the library and then sat outside in the warmth and sun reading my book (wearing sunscreen). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DH and I went tod dinner at Big Jud's (burgers the size of your head are available!!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Sat, 20 May 2017 21:24:32 EST Got all my chores done!! Today was a good day! Got up and met my friend at the gym. Came home, put together a menu and a grocery list and then headed out the door (after a shower, of course!). Got new tires and an oil change and then headed to the grocery stores. Made it home in time to make potatoes for dinner AND sit outside and read for awhile. Tomorrow will be workout, laundry and library. And LOTS of sitting and reading. :) <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie ran... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:52:59 EST Catching up on Netflix queue Since I have a five day weekend coming up, I plan to catch up on some of the things I have in my Netflix queue. I have a few comedies (Maria Bamford, Jo Koy (?), Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy), Magic Mike, Secret Life of Pets and a couple of others. Of course, these shows need to be fit between all of the regular weekend chores and getting the house ready for the in-laws. They're coming in on Monday for DS's graduation. <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday):... Thu, 18 May 2017 23:29:20 EST First day back to work Since we didn't have a softball game last night (rain and lightning tends to cancel SB games!), I decided to go into work at my normal time. Came into *only* 550 e-mails and had most of them cleared out in about 3 hours. Not bad, right? <BR> <BR> The boss did want to meet with me about mid-morning. Turns out we have a re-org coming (it was announced tonight) that probably won't affect us. It might give us new projects (read that as more work). But I'm looking at that as job security. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 23:45:53 EST Great way to end the vacation Today was my last day of vacation. I got up to meet my friend at the gym then came home and watched Guardians of the Galaxy (the first one). Went to the eye doctor to get new lenses and then took a nap. Read a little bit too! <BR> <BR> No SB game though. It RAINED all day. And there was thunder and lightning. And hail. I'm okay with not playing in that! <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 2 day streak <BR> Sl... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:02:16 EST What a wonderful surprise!! I spent the day doing a whole lotta nothing. I fitzed around in the kitchen some and got dinner put together really early (just had to put it in the oven at dinner time). I finished my book, sat in the sun, walked to the library. <BR> <BR> Around noon, the doorbell rang. It was the FedEx guy dropping off an order of Shari's Berries! My DS ordered Shari's Berries for me for Mother's Day. He made me cry!!! Maybe he's growing up? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 15 May 2017 21:09:23 EST Happy Mother's Day! I hope you all had a great Mother's Day, whether you are a mother or not. My day was pretty good. DH let me sleep in. I went to the gym, did a few things around the house and then went out to dinner. DD and her BF came over and did their laundry. DS is still in Florida so most of my day was kid-free!! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 0 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 10 day streak <BR> Days with no Monst... Sun, 14 May 2017 22:37:06 EST A new realization about eating on vacation As I may have mentioned once or twice (or thousands of times!), I am on vacation this week. The first few days have been pretty full of activities and plans and stuff. Very little sitting and definitely (or, as DS would say, dolphinately (??)) no boredom. Because of this, my eating has been totally different than it is on a normal workday. <BR> <BR> Side note: I've always been irritated by those people who said they "forgot" to eat. I never believed them. I "forget" to eat like I "fo... Sat, 13 May 2017 00:17:00 EST Bushed! Beat! Wiped out! Sure enough! Today was more productive than yesterday. Here is what I got done today: <BR> <BR> Went to the gym, did a 5k and an arm workout <BR> Finished taping and painting the wall (pic below) <BR> Moved the furniture back (half of it. Some is still in DD's room) <BR> Took the puppy for his haircut <BR> Went to the store for milk and hot dog buns <BR> Trimmed and mowed the lawn <BR> Played softball (We won!!) <BR> <BR> <BR> And I did it all with no Monsters!!! Woot!! <BR> <BR> I am... Thu, 11 May 2017 23:03:36 EST Busier on vacation than on a work day! First of all, I did sleep in today. I slept until 8:00!! Got up, did a few things and then went to my eye appointment. (Separate note...I have multi-focus contacts now! That's a danger of getting old.) <BR> <BR> When I got home, I started clearing all of the bookshelves that are/were in front of the wall that needs painted. And, of course, everything was dusty. My snowman collection has been put away. My library of books have been moved to DD's (unused) room. Bookshelves are moved to... Wed, 10 May 2017 23:27:46 EST Great start of the vacation Took the boy to the airport and then took myself to the mall for a little bit of shopping. Ran the rest of my errands and came home for lunch. Since the weather is GORGEOUS I did my workout outside. Then I came home, sat in the sun and read. Just sitting here Sparking! I'll do some actual work tomorrow...maybe. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't have a Monster today. I did have iced tea and three ibuprofens, but no Monsters!!! Woot! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturda... Tue, 9 May 2017 21:53:22 EST Starting vacation and some new habits! I am on vacation!!! I was at work until 6:30 tonight but I am not going back until May 17th. And I'm going in late that day since I have a SB game at 9:00 the night before. <BR> <BR> Since DS is going to Florida and DH will be going to work I have the days to myself. Being the kind of person I am, I already have plans for the next four days. First, take the boy to the airport, some shopping at the mall, buy painting supplies, pick up dinner and then start packing stuff up so I can pain... Mon, 8 May 2017 22:57:52 EST Tried two new recipes today A friend gave me a couple of new recipes earlier this week and I had time to make them today. One was baked oatmeal and the other was No-Bake Energy Bites. The boy liked them both and even DH liked the bites! So, now I have something to snack on for the next couple of days. <BR> <BR> Also, changing up the streaks. <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 1 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 3 day streak <BR> Days... Sun, 7 May 2017 20:12:19 EST Time to break another bad habit As I may have mentioned once or twice (or a billion times!) I start my vacation on Tuesday. As I may have also mentioned, I drink Monsters on a fairly regular basis. Basically, one per day. Some days I drink two. I know these are very bad for me. I know that I don't need that much caffeine. I know that the chemicals are doing bad things to my body. <BR> <BR> I also know that it is very hard to get moving in the morning without a shot of caffeine. I don't like coffee unless it has so m... Sat, 6 May 2017 21:39:05 EST Thank you for the suggestions! I got some great ideas from you guys on how to control my eating while on vacation. I will definitely incorporate some of them and see how things go. Today, however, was not a good day for eating. I already feel like I'm in vacation mode and it is only a weekend. Granted, my work week will only be one day, but still. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be better. Yoga...HIRT...walk to the library if weather permits. Followed by going out to dinner with DH. I've got this!! <BR> <BR> Streak rep... Fri, 5 May 2017 23:12:46 EST How do I treat myself right during vacation? Next week, I work on Monday and then I am off for eight days. I go in late on the ninth day; leave early the 10th day and then take the next five days off. Basically, it's an extended vacation with a couple of breaks for work. <BR> <BR> I'm not traveling during either of these vacation breaks. The first week, DS will be in Florida and DH will be going to work. I have a couple of projects that I want to get done, but the main plan is to enjoy my time off. <BR> <BR> During that time, ... Thu, 4 May 2017 23:47:33 EST Happy 21st Birthday to my baby girl! My daughter's birthday is today and being the party girl she is, she wanted to go to Cafe Ole and have a margarita. So...we did! The whole family plus DD's BF had a nice dinner. She slept in until 11:30, got a free Dutch (like Starbuck's, but WAY better) and then spent the rest of the day getting ready. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend the day to me!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Streak report (we... Wed, 3 May 2017 23:34:55 EST Graduation announcements done! Well, they're ordered. I hope they get here very quickly so I can get them addressed and sent out. Normally, I would have DS address and send, but he will be in Florida when they arrive. And he graduates on the 22nd. I can't delay sending them out any longer than we already have! <BR> <BR> He did let me add the picture below to the announcement. This is his "80's Sensitive-Kind-Of-Guy" look. He is definitely my kid! LOL! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 May 2017 23:32:55 EST Took advantage of the momentary sunshine Like most of you, we have had a weird Spring here in Southern Idaho. This winter, we had more snow than we have seen in years. It's finally warmed up enough that we are getting rain more often than snow. But, we've had rain probably 6 out of every 7 days. Maybe not that bad, but it seems like it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was a relatively nice day. There was no rain while I was awake (don't kn... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:35:28 EST Why do I think going out to eat and weekends are "treat" days? I love weekends. Who doesn't? I can sleep in. I am in charge of my own schedule. I can sit on my butt and do nothing or be really productive. Whichever I want is what I can do!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So why do I want to eat poorly? Why do I want to choose unhealthy foods that do not make me feel energized? Why don't I plan for the weekend as well as I do for the work day? <BR> <BR> <img s... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:23:04 EST