CDCSMITH2013's SparkPeople Blog CDCSMITH2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Really need to update my blog more I believe my goal was 3x/week. Now I'm lucky if I manage one a week. <BR> <BR> I've been very busy, but not with things worthy of sharing for the most part. Baseball season is back so that means practices and games that are at least 90 minutes long. Having 3 or 4 of those in a week makes everything else that needs doing, a tight squeeze. <BR> <BR> I noticed I was at week 47 of maintenance this week. Kind of cool. I'm on the high end of the range, but this is semi on purpose. I need ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:39:27 EST Random updates from the week thus far So far, the word on my father in law is that he did NOT have a stroke. I'm going with this being good news since I've had two grandparents who had them - one resulting in death within a couple of days, the other went on to live for years with additional "mini-strokes" and varying degrees of recovery, none of which were anything close to full. However, the 2 doctors on his case seem to have very different opinions on things. Hopefully we will kow more today. My husband though, is having so... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:09:57 EST The transitions Change can be good or bad. It is inevitable. The only thing that stays the same is change? Might be misquoting that. <BR> <BR> My husband is at the hospital with his dad. Not sure what the issue is exactly, but my husband, who is not prone to being overly dramatic, says he isn't good. My husband is in his late 50's so his parents aren't exactly young. <BR> <BR> I'm not even sure what it is I'm saying really other than our family being in the midsts of transitions. Kids becoming adu... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:02:21 EST The bandwagon I don't have a lot of excess income. In fact, there have been more occasions than I care to recount that groceries were done on a charge card out of necessity. This means I can't throw a lot of money out to causes I believe are important, so I have to go about other ways of helping. For me, doing walk-a-thons work well. I have 2 standards - one for a local agency that helps people and families impacted by Autism (a cause near and dear to me because of my oldest) and food allergies (also n... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:54:54 EST The boy is famous! Okay, that is a smidge of an exaggeration. You have to understand that this was a rather shy kid. He had friends and actually made them easily, but it was work for him. So when he signed up for drama club in high school, initially only to play a bit part (guitar player), it was a shock when he ended up playing 3 roles. In the senior class play, he was the male lead. And not, in college, he's on a poster. My husband, the kid, and I will be heading out to see him Saturday in this play. <i... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:50:40 EST If it isn't one thing, it's another Things could be worse. They really could, so I'll try to stay as upbeat as I can. I'll also try to stay as on track as I can. <BR> <BR> Our heating system died. It's the furnace. It's the end of March and it's been a cold one at that. However, it is the end of March. This would have been worse to contend with 3 or 4 months ago. It's only going to get warmer (in a general sense) going forward, so we will deal with it. I think this is going to be an expensive fix though and I have othe... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:51:19 EST Getting back on track There has been a lot of stuff going on lately that has made everything more difficult. Nothing major, but a lot of small things that after a while, I confess, I threw my hands up in disgust and pretty much said, "I give up." I didn't. Not really, but I definitely let far more slip than I could have. <BR> <BR> So today, I start getting myself to a routine I know I can do. Not speaking only of what I eat or how much I work out, but in trying to regain my balance in life in general. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:16:34 EST Minor workout glitch today I belong to Planet Fitness and a few months back, they became a 24 hour gym (Monday it opened at midnight and it didn't close again until sometime Friday night - the weekend maintained their former hours). This morning, I got there and was one of many waiting for the doors to open. Here's the thing, it was 4am at this point. The gym is on my way to work. If it isn't open, I need to either get ready at work or go back home and get ready for work. I waited until about 4:10 and headed back ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:51:43 EST The best part of St. Patrick's Day being a Monday... We do a big Sunday dinner, so generally speaking, the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day is the big New England corned beef dinner. There are usually left-overs, in part because I buy the biggest slab of meat I can. It's one of my favorite meals and I get to have it twice a year. I make it last. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow when I'll be decked out all in black and green, I will also be eating left-overs. Not the Guinness probably, but the food to be sure. <BR> <BR> Later today, we settle in and wa... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:39:59 EST Celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Sunday I think the best way to explain my feelings about Ireland are to say my fascination is more than a hobby at this point, though I wouldn't say I was obsessed. The only beer I'll drink is Guinness. I've tried lots of different kinds over the years, but that is the only one I've enjoyed. For a long while my fascination with Ireland pretty much ended there. I am a fan of U2 and perhaps being a fan of the two planted the idea of visiting Dublin someday, in my head. <BR> <BR> I grew up south o... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:36:16 EST Weekend update Seriously getting myself back on track this week. I am still within the weight range, but I don't feel as good as I had been. <BR> <BR> Had a busy weekend. Friday, my mom brought home a cat from the shelter she works at. The kid is ecstatic about the new beast. Her shelter name was Maddy, but she has been renamed to Tiffan. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The kid and I went to the Snowflake Social Friday night. This means he and I were in... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:20:45 EST Books, the kid, and so forth Books first, or rather book first. The book, the book that I was so excited about reading, the final book in the trilogy... Very good. The ending could not have been more fitting or better written in my opinion. I worried a little (or a lot if I'm being honest about it) about that. I will lovingly put it in the bookcase, on the shelf with his brothers. <BR> <BR> The kid. Tonight is the Snowflake Social (formerly known as the mother-son/father-daughter dance). Last year, he was too co... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 07:46:20 EST Book addict? Me? Never. ;) I could quit reading anytime I wanted to. Sure I could. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I may be a tad compulsive when it comes to books. I know people more addicted than I am to the written word, but they are few. I have a few reading goals for this year. I have a HUGE TBR pile in my house and another long list of TBR that I don't own. There are many, many, many books on my kindle, and with the local radio stations going down the tubes, I've taken to listening to audiobooks in the car. <B... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:47:27 EST Quick blog about jaw surgery The orthodontist told me yesterday that they have June down for surgery. Unless it is the first week of June, I will be pushing it out until about the 2nd week in July. Why? Well The braces went much slower than I was told (9-12 months). I'm at a year now. We go on our one big camping trip a year at the end of June, first week in July. It's already booked and it is the only time my husband and I get to take all that time off together. We're going. By the end of August, I should be jus... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 04:23:19 EST Of science fairs and snow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just because I like snow. I will not be so fond of sudden, completely unexpected snow squalls in May, but in February, they rock (so says The Snow Queen). <BR> <BR> My son, my youngest, my last... is participating in his school science fair next month. I have a long list of complaints about how they do it now. A 1 page research paper, scientific method is optional, this is not really a science fair so much as a... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:19:50 EST Annual physical I got some sort of weird numbers from my blood work last year so I was a tad hesitant going to the doctor today. Everything was back to my normal. I was given a risk of less than .5% of dying of stroke or heart attack based on my current numbers, in spite of family history, so that was pretty cool. <BR> <BR> Also got to do a pelvic exam. Probably best I didn't know that ahead of time. It isn't that they are all that horrid, but they aren't exactly the most relaxing experience either. <BR... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:13:22 EST Frustrated, tired, done Anyone who knows/follows me at all knows my oldest has autism (high functioning in that he can drive, though I am of the opinion he shouldn't, and holds a job). He lost his job last year but it is a rather tangled history to explain. Suffice it to say, after speaking with an advocate, we were told what was done was illegal. So I started to get the ball rolling to rectify that. This was back in early May. I would guess I've invested between 50-60 hours of time making calls, faxing paperwo... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:15:13 EST The new exercise bike My husband has a new exercise bike. It's a recumbent bike, very different than the stationary bike I use at the gym. I think I like it. I think it will actually help me with my somewhat obsessive reading goals. You see, I can use it and read at the same time. Easily. More easily than the bike at the gym. This could be dangerous - but in the best possible way. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:52:18 EST Quick update First, thanks for the comments about yesterday. Brief update (I promise). Things went pretty well all things considered. No major drama. The new surgeon, while very different from my other one, seems very good. In fact, if I had met both, I may have picked this guy over the other. He's more jovial where the other had a more dry sense of humor. But this guy knew just how petrified I am of going under the knife and really put as much at ease as I'm probably capable. <BR> <BR> He explaine... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:03:26 EST Why yes, I would like some cheese with my whine I'm having a rough time at the moment. It's been a tough year. Literally coming up on the anniversary date of when my oldest's world came crashing down (February 15th). There have been some gains there and in fact, he finally sees a psychiatrist that takes the state insurance on the 20th. This has been months in the making. He's been out of his meds since late August/early September and he can't get a new script until he meets with this person (probably for a month or so even though he h... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:49:19 EST Let's talk about being a reluctant runner for a minute Those of you who "know" me, know that last year I did the C25K program and managed to discover that I have "flexible knees" which isn't a good thing. Did the PT thing, got knee braces, tried doing the C25K thing again and any time I felt a twinge of the injury I had before, quit. I may be trying again. Why? Well, partly because I'm insane obviously. <em>20</em> But really, the bigger issue is that if I quit something, I want it to be because I want to, not because I'm not capable. I h... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:41:25 EST Of books and the boy On Saturday, my husband and I went out to the far north western part of the state to take our middle son out for his 21st birthday. Hard to believe it has been 21 years since he came flying out. <BR> <BR> The boy was born in the winter of bi-weekly blizzards. I went to my DR appointment on a Friday and was already 4cm dilated. The DR said that in the unlikely event I didn't have him over the weekend, call Monday to set up an appointment to be induced on Tuesday. He was due that Thursda... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:22:40 EST Book ideas for March 1. Started The Graves are Walking by John Kelly (audio) today. I won't finish it until next month so it counts. <BR> <BR> 2. The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford <BR> <BR> 3. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift <BR> <BR> 4. The State of Ireland by Benedict Kiely <BR> <BR> 5. Haunted Ground by Erin Hart <BR> <BR> 6. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt <BR> I think that will be it except for the parent-child book club and perhaps a group read. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:12:48 EST Just for me - about books Please feel to ignore this. It's just to help me sort my TBR stuff. I like books. Okay, I've mentioned before - addicted. I was trying to reorganize some books in one of the hallway books cases, well one shelf of one of them. I had 2 copies of The Hobbit. Don't really need 2 of those. It's not like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I buy a copy every time I see them at book sales because really, can you ever have too many? ;) I think not (I give them to people). <BR> <BR> Looks like... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:21:45 EST Ohpleasohpleaseohplease let it snow a wicked lot! Why yes, I frequently do behave like a 4 year old, particularly (but not exclusively) when it involves snow. I want tomorrow's snow to be big! None of this snow-rain-snow-freezing rain-snow stuff. I want TONS of snow. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:33:19 EST February 2nd... such a busy day It's Imbolc, the milk feast. I know if you read about the holiday (Pagan) it will say February 1st, but when I was growing up, it was always on the 2nd. <BR> <BR> It's Groundhog Day too. For those who watched, apparently Phil saw his shadow, so 6 more weeks of winter. How can he not with all the cameras with lights? <BR> <BR> I'm told it is Superbowl Sunday as well and all I can say about that, is that a friend informed me it is Superb Owl Sunday. I like that way better. <BR> <BR> F... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:56:42 EST February goals February has always been my favorite month, with 2 years being the exception. You see, it's the month I was born in, Valentine's Day, and the Pagan spring begins. Oh, there's groundhog day too. Who can forget that. ;) <BR> <BR> I have some non-specific fears about this year, but I think that has more to do with the fact that last year was one of those not good Februarys. Knowing this, I'm going to try to stay focused on the good and make some goals for the month. <BR> <BR> Good things ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 08:16:15 EST No doubt about it, I am addicted to books I think it is safe to say that I meet most if not all the criteria for addiction when it comes to books. As long as I've been able to read, I have loved books. I loved books when they were read to me, but I think the addiction started when I could read for myself. I am part of an other world when I read. This isn't to say that I can't be roused to the world of the present, but I am transported when I read. Even when the writing or the story sucks, I am there with the cast of characters. ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:21:07 EST Well folks, I did it You see, I was pretty well prepared for failure today. You can't wake up 2 hours late, roughly 20 minutes before needing to be at work, and expect much different. <BR> <BR> 1) First hurdle was getting to work. I got punched in *exactly* at 5:30 which means I was on time. <BR> <BR> 2) Today was a gym day. It was to be my bike cardio so I could read at the same time. That didn't happen and I was already resigned to going tomorrow instead (still am). That would have been fine, but I have ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:58:16 EST Today is truly a test Today is a gym day which for me means I get up a little after 3am, head to the gym, then to work. By this time of day (just after 7), I've generally put in at least 30 minutes of cardio in addition to a bit more exercise. I've usually read for about 30 minutes too. Instead, I've got nothing to check off my to-do list. <BR> <BR> You see, the past few nights, I've not slept well. It's been a very busy week so far and I've just barely been able to keep my head above water. So it was little... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:11:17 EST Tight schedule Eating seems in check for the day. Got in my cardio, but not my double video yet (January Jumpstart challenge). I will, it's just not going to be until later. I have reading to do. That might get done while the kid is doing homework and eating his supper. Supper is early because he and I are doing the parent-child book club tonight. We're hosting. I really dislike doing so. I like planning and coming up with what we'll do, but I loathe "leading" it. I keep thinking there must be peop... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:42:58 EST Tweaking is a lot of work! You wouldn't think it would take a lot of effort to "tweak" my routine, at least I didn't think it would. It does though. I mean, you can't shave off too much in anyone area without it having a consequence. If you shave off too much, well you don't end up carving out a lot of time. <BR> <BR> I haven't done my January Jump Start Challenge video yet. I will after supper. I did get a ton of cardio in today. I counted 20 minutes of shoveling snow rather than the 30 I actually did simply be... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:24:58 EST Evaluating based on the January Jump Start challenge I've managed, even while being rather sick, to stay on track with my goals through week 2 of the challenge. What this means is that I can do the things I want, at a minimum, at the level week 2 challenged me. This is good, but only at day 3 of week three, I'm feeling there is going to have to be a trade off somewhere if I am going to maintain the challenge goals. <BR> <BR> Writing is hard enough to do well when I am sick, but if I'm spending an hour or more a day on fitness, either readin... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:59:35 EST Something of an update... sort of My husband missed several days of work last week because he had the flu. I either have a cold or a lesser version of the flu. Still having trouble with the whole runny nose thing. I don't really like to eat when I get like this. I think all that post nasal drip kills my appetite. It also kills any ambition to exercise and let me tell you, I am NOT one of those people who enjoys it. I do it because it's good for me and mentally, I do seem to do better when I work out consistently. I sti... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:09:37 EST The glass analogy and my issue with it A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” <BR> <BR> Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. <BR> <BR> She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:09:57 EST Just whining We've had the same health insurance where I work for a couple of years, probably more actually. I've known I've needed jaw surgery for decades, but there is need/should and then there is need/really need. I wasn't so willing for need/should. I waited until it was really needed. I got the surgeon and orthodontist figured out. Liked all parties. I loved that the surgeons office took such great care in doing all the pre-work for getting the surgery approved. I even liked that the surgeon ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:38:51 EST Stupid headache I've done the minimum of what I think I have to do to make myself feel okay with my to-do list. I have to tell you though, I feel yucky, not in a sick way, just in the way of my head feeling like it could explode. Ugh. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:13:01 EST An inventory of sorts Essentially, my goals shifted this week. I joined the January Jump Start challenge more to get myself out of an exercise rut than anything else. I've been doing well with it. In fact, I actually started to double up on videos to "make up" for starting later in the month than most people. My cardio for the week is higher too, in part because I misread the challenge, but hey, a little more certainly won't kill me. I'm pleased with where I am with that. Sunday will start week 2 of the chal... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:15:28 EST An interesting start to the new year If it weren't for the fact that I've been doing the gym and eating fairly okay for roughly a year now, today would be my official "Start to get into shape" day. For me, it's always the Monday after New Year's if there is going to be that sort of declaration. With that in mind, let's pretend that I'm just starting today again since I did join the January challenge. <BR> <BR> The gym. I went a few minutes early, not intentionally, but I woke up abut 5 minutes before the alarm was going to g... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:27:16 EST January 1st 2014 New Year's Resolutions My New Year's Resolutions for 2014 (the last time I did this, I had great fun so I thought I would try again). <BR> <BR> 1) Become someone's arch nemesis <BR> 2) Pick up a new bad habit <BR> 3) Invent a religion <BR> 4) Stop eating things I'm allergic to on days that begin with the letter X (someone might have to tell me if one of these days happens) <BR> 5) Celebrate Boxing Day by giving the servants the day off. <BR> 6) Find servants sometime before Boxing Day. <BR> 7) Wear sparkle... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:05:04 EST Pedometer semi-dead I would love it if my pedometer had a battery icon for when it is running low rather than flashing to tell me it is so close to dead, it can't count anymore steps. I've been without a step count since the batter died at 5999 steps Sunday. WIth any luck, I'll remember to get one today. And I'll get an extra for the next time. I'm sure I haven't had 10,000 steps yesterday anyway. More confident in Monday and Sunday. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 07:15:58 EST 12-13-13 the surprise wedding <img src=""> <BR> The kid got married last night. There was no kiss to seal the deal. The bride isn't allowed to kiss a boy until she is 16 and the kid still thinks kissing is gross. Please note the paper kilt he is wearing. Not sure what clan he is representing, but the Carter side is willing to claim it as ours. The bride was stunning in pink and mother of the groom wore black and a string of LED snowflakes. <BR> <BR> My neighbor (moth... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:38:22 EST A picture of the kid <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So that's my boy with the ball at his first game. He loves it. It isn't so much the sport, but he's a kind who loves to be in motion. It can be sitting down and drawing or jumping invisible jump rope waiting for dinner. <BR> <BR> I was looking at my tracker thingy in my signature. It's says 29 weeks maintenance. That is pretty awesome. This is the time of year that I tend to start adding on the pounds - no... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:32:04 EST First Basketball Game of the Season First basketball game to be more specific. Not mine. The 8 year old - AKA The Kid. Couple of things. They assign the numbers by height. Smallest numbers go to the smaller kids, larger numbers go to the bigger kids. My son is #2 (Summer birthday so he's one of the younger kids too). He's guarding #10. He did okay though. Sat, 7 Dec 2013 16:12:12 EST A month since my last blog I have a serious lack of focus going on. I'm trying desperately to get back into it. I've left the food tracking slide a bit, but not to any serious detriment. I was holding pretty steady at 119 pounds for weeks, bumped up to 120 I think, and went back down again. No major flux there which is good. <BR> <BR> My exercise routine has been pretty good though. I attribute that mostly to the fact that I try to get it in so early in the day, I'm too tired to figure how to talk my way out of i... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:04:57 EST On writing and such "You don’t know why you started your novel, you no longer remember why you imagined that anyone would want to read it, and you’re pretty sure that even if you finish it it won’t have been worth the time or energy and every time you stop long enough to compare it to the thing that you had in your head when you began—a glittering, brilliant, wonderful novel, in which every word spits fire and burns, a book as good or better than the best book you ever read—it falls so painfully short that you’r... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 19:08:58 EST Halloween Halloween is big in my family and by in my family I mean my mom and I for the most part. Oh, don't get me wrong, the kids like it until they get to be too cool to hang with us, but I love it. What's not to love? Candy, decorations, traditions, connecting with those who have passed on. It is definitely one of my all time favorites. <img src=""> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:27:25 EST Post Halloween Party Weekend I tracked almost nothing this weekend. There wasn't an easy place to put a pedometer, so I have no idea how many steps I took, though however many it was, should count for more since I was wearing high heels and wings for the bulk of the weekend, it has to count for more. Similarly with food. Party weekend, so the prep involved a lot of tasting and then who the heck knows what people brought had in it. That said, I weighed the same this morning as last Monday, so it was good enough I gues... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:02:21 EST Halloween prep. I'll admit to the fact that I am struggling a lot with the stress levels lately and it is really noticeable in my preparation for Halloween. This time of year is usually stressful, but in a fun, frenzied sort of way. Not the case this year. It's more energy zapping. My family hosts an annual Halloween party and every year I write a story for it (and make a soundtrack to go along with it). I HAVE to get it done for tomorrow so I can start printing it. Same with the music. I should have ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:35:40 EST Food allergy walk update We went with our neighbors. As of last night, they had no sponsors. Since we were carpooling and she was driving her vehicle, I sponsored her. The kid and I managed to raise a total of $210. <BR> <BR> The walk is a fantastic place to get boatloads of free samples and coupons. I've got snacks for the kid and I for weeks! <BR> <BR> The bad news was the weather. It was a light rain at first. And then it was a good steady rain. The kids played on the jumpies and pretty much got soaked... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:34:56 EST