DOLLYHOLLY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DOLLYHOLLY DOLLYHOLLY'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/ SHADY FUN in the SUN w pic :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728029 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l160700252.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know I've been MIA. I've just been super busy trying to regain full range of motion and stability in my ankle/foot. <BR> <BR> PT is going well. Docs and PT are amazed I am able to regain near full mobility so quickly. I have about 95% ROM and I can almost run again :) I believe it's all thanks to my daily yoga practice and also the PT home exercises and the massages at the PT office. <BR> <BR> For the past tw... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:56:16 EST At our other house in the sun w Xoxo & bff & my crutch & scooter :) (PICS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687901 I'm still in severe pain after I try to PWB (partial weightbear on CAM walker & crutches)...but in the meantime, who says I can't enjoy the hot flaming sun and gorgeous weather in my scooter & pink crutches without the heavy Robocop boot? LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1099081008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1614574232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2062362627.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hop... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:05:35 EST FUN video: Spring Clean in Cast & Knee Scooter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676457 Saw Dr C on Wed for 2nd postop visit. He was sweet as always. They removed the cute blue cast Dr C had fitted me on 1st postop visit (after I complained the splint from surgery was way too tight and painful) with a tiny circular saw that did not spin. Apparently it's the vibrations of the saw that actually cuts the cast. A few times I did feel the saw touch my skin but then it automatically paused when that happened. <BR> <BR> They also removed the staples/stitches. I was bracing for the pa... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:09:16 EST Temps in 70's so bff took me & Xoxo to Park (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671465 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1942710409.jpg"> <BR> Look how cute! Bff trying to get Xoxo to pose. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2041901700.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1628072087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l537061579.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you recognize what the statue is? <BR> <BR> I was the photographer. I took these pics while seated on different benches... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:30:10 EST COPING with Post-op Immobility & Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669812 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2083025538.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was doing fine and learning to navigate about with my knee scooter and crutches, and even taking my Xoxo to the yard when I noticed the past few days the pain in my tendon site when I'm sleeping has started to get MORE excruciating than before. Now I have to up my dosage of Tylenol and I do NOT want to turn towards the prescription opiates like Percocet for relief of pain... Also my toes have gotten more blue-pu... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:19:21 EST So proud! I made it SAFELY down & upstairs on my crutches with Xoxo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663735 Xoxo was SO happy. I actually managed to make it downstairs ON CRUTCHES for the very first time. And back upstairs TWICE today! WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Not bad. Thank goodness I had been building up my upper body muscles prior to the surgery. Otherwise, I'd likely have fallen down the stairs like I did a few months ago when I tried to hobble downstairs with crutches for the first time! <BR> <BR> I'm SO proud! :) <BR> <BR> Here are some pics of me in yard w/Xoxo: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 19:02:40 EST 1st post-op follow-up visit & new cast (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662812 Saw Dr. C today and he changed my cast to a new blue one :) It looks much nicer and much more compact, shorter, lighter in weight, and is not twisted the way the old one was. THANK GOODNESS! <BR> <BR> Here are some pics of me in new blue cast. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1396876578.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l91505632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Also I tried to take some pics of my surgical sites while doc was changing the cas... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:50:56 EST Getting Cold-Feet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656092 I caught a cold the past few days. First it was only sniffles, then full-blown runny nose and sore throat and slight cough. I took Benadryl, Tylenol and Nyquil. The drugs zonked me out and I was totally asleep nearly the entire day which irked me because I wanted to do things! <BR> <BR> A few days ago I searched online and saw videos of one of the surgical procedures that will be done on me on youtube. If you're like me and are curious about the surgery, you can glimpse them at: <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:20:14 EST Another Medical CAPER! ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652294 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l673230788.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok, so I went to pre-surgical testing and saw the anesthesiologist, Dr H. I was happy it was a she...You'll know why based on prior blogs. LOL <BR> <BR> She was very nice and accommodating, agreed with everything I wanted (no intubation, no general anesthesia unless the popliteal, saphenous, and ankle nerve blocks were not working)! She actually seemed really nervous... <BR> <BR> I always carry my Iphone with m... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:19:08 EST THANK YOU for the Kind THOUGHTS & Preparing for Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640692 The medical clearance is tomorrow. But surgery is not until 2 weeks later because I need to prepare... <BR> <BR> I want to be ready healthwise (emotionally, mentally and physically) so I've been doing Bikram and power yoga to improve my strength and flexibility. I'm also hoping to lose the last 5-10 lbs so I will be in tip-top shape for the surgery. <BR> <BR> My orthopedist, Dr. C, has been very sweet and kind, answering my millions of Q's by phone, email, and in person...He's also very pr... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 18:13:04 EST VERY FUNNY VIDEO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633237 What do you think? Should I get a knee scooter or stick with crutches? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggmYionI3us </link> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:09:07 EST Surgery scheduled for 3/26...but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629486 Ok, so I saw one of my main orthopedists and my rheumy today. Yep, both on same day as they're locate in same hospital. I figure "Kill two birds with one stone." <BR> <BR> I also went to do Iyengar yoga this morning. <BR> <BR> My orthopedist said "FDL Tendon transfer and medial glide calcaneal osteotomy". No gastrocnemius recession or bone graft. He thinks I don't have "flexion contracture" which would necessitate the recession...I hope he's right and I don't have further problems with my i... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:33:23 EST So blame the victim, HUH?!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621299 Saw a new PCP yesterday, a female. If you have followed my prior blogs, you'd know I've been considering changing docs... <BR> <BR> Although this female PCP was shocked about some of Dr. G's behaviors, e.g., his constantly at every single visit asking if I want pap smears, etc. and that he would personally be performing the pap smears -- the female PCP says she refers her patients to female gynecologists and doesn't do the tests herself because they are too time-consuming though she does go ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:48:34 EST DOC update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598845 So I went to see Dr. G. I vented and let him have it...I was so angry...I told him I was considering changing doctors because I question his conduct and character... <BR> <BR> Well, I mentioned as much as I thought he needed to hear. He was SO NICE AND ACCOMMODATING, just like he was when I first met him. AND he was PROFESSIONAL this time. No mention of pap smear, etc! :) <BR> <BR> He reviewed my entire medical history with me and printed out copies so I'd have them for easy reading/access ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:52:56 EST Stretches in my home dance studio (video) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589163 SO this is the type of exercises I do at home, mainly RA (sitting exercises) because my Left ankle is non-weightbearing AGAIN... <BR> <BR> I don't know how much more of this I can take. I want to scream "Just amputate and give me prosthetic leg!" I've seen the Boston marathon bombing victims running in races again with prosthetic legs and I'm STILL in excruciating pain. <BR> <BR> Do I need to be in a horrific national disaster to get excellent medical care? <BR> <BR> Why am I stuck with d... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:57:14 EST Just a video on my assessments of different PT massage balls & a Health Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581019 What do you think? Which massage ball would you use? The expensive one that costs $30 or the cheaper versions like your tennis ball or a laundry fluffy ball? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to see my rheumatologist and she diagnosed me with "Psoriatic Arthritis". Apparently because I had psoriasis in high school that is a genetic condition that predisposes me to a Sero-negative Psoriatic Arthritis. I was shocked because that episode of psoriasis occurred over 30 years ago! How co... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:51:47 EST My cutie pie Xoxo (video) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572074 Merry X-mas to all my <em>223</em> s! <BR> <BR> So yesterday was x-mas. While most people, I assume were celebrating and partying up with their friends and families, my bff's dad was suddenly hospitalized for symptoms of an apparent stroke... <BR> <BR> He had been at a festivity in a senior citizen club when he unexpectedly experienced numbness on one arm. Luckily he was with tons of friends. They immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital where he underwent a series of medical tests. He... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:45:07 EST Quick question - Please answer :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570608 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1955704712.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm very confused... <BR> <BR> Do you think it's odd for a male doctor to keep asking you if you want a pap smear and breast exam whenever you go in for a medical visit with a specific purpose (e.g., your ankle pain and non-ambulation)? <BR> <BR> My new primary care physician (I was referred to this doctor in October because my old PCP had been promoted to being an attending at two different teaching hospitals a... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:17:48 EST SNOW - 'Twas the Night Before & Morn' After (Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561163 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1058220082.jpg"> <BR> Night before snow... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138837725.jpg"> <BR> True artists braving the cold dark night. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l480489421.jpg"> <BR> Snow in our backyard this a.m. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897995578.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2125987456.jpg" Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:41:11 EST XOXO absconds w Mommy's TENNIS BALL! (Cute video) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559187 I've been doing these PT exercises called "Active Release" of muscles. Whenever I'm on the floor, my doggy Xoxo thinks I'm playing with him! Here he is absconding with my massage tool, the tennis ball! <BR> <BR> He also likes to lick my face when I'm doing downward dog in yoga. <em>246</em> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 15:33:13 EST Just random pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l711846083.jpg"> <BR> One of my very best friends <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l840413116.jpg"> <BR> My niece and stepnephew and stepmom and friend. I don't see them much because my sister had given full custody to the stepmom -- even as my niece was diagnosed with leukema at age 7. Sad, but true... I know people often have stereotypes about Asian families, about how close, supportive, and loving we are. But i... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:15:45 EST Thanksgiving FUNNIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551750 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2029644165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> George Carlin <BR> We're having something a little different this year for Thanksgiving. Instead of a turkey, we're having a swan. You get more stuffing. <BR> <BR> Johnny Carson <BR> Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. <BR> <BR> Anonymous <BR> May your stuffing be tasty <BR> May your tu... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:41:55 EST FALLEN & Can't Get Up?!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550886 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1270933672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To those who've known me a long while, you will know that I do not give up easily. If something gets in my way -- an obstacle, a person, whatever -- I feel a rise in my heart and gut to overcome... <BR> <BR> However, today I felt very frustrated. I had been doing so well with my left calf seeming to heal and I had even walked on Sunday at my favorite trail along with my bff and doggy Xoxo for 0.85 miles and my le... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:44:05 EST My first foster dog VIDEO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547686 I had promised Diedre (Doodie59) that I'd post pics of my foster dogs before my adoption of Xoxo. Here they are. Hope y'all like them. I really miss my fosters. Their names were Mandy and Winnie. Mandy was a miniature pinscher loved to hump my panda stuffed animal and running. I had Mandy for about a month so I took quite a few pics of her. She was such a doll... <BR> <BR> Winnie was a mixed chihuahua and was ill when I fostered her for about a week. She had kennel cough but with my specia... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:30:03 EST When one door closes, another door opens! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544358 That proverb is right! <BR> <BR> This is me in the summer: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l985917622.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me right before my ankle tendinitis flared up like there's no tomorrow and a few days before I tore my calf muscle: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146379007.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me now after doing 2 min clips of RA exercises and using resistance bands: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:35:40 EST Xoxo races towards Mommy! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540570 How cute is Xoxo? <BR> <BR> Cooped up in the house, I was beginning to feel trapped and stir-crazy. But since my calf <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1550319259.jpg"> muscle has been healing quite well according to the orthopedist (nice gentleman from the my alma mater!), I decided to accompany my Xoxo and bff to the park. Well, bff drove and I basically sat in car, then on bench near the car. LOL <BR> <BR> The doc even gave me a new Cam walking boot. He said this one is... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:24:13 EST Blog Redux! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533612 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309669845.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l97660895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to my new <em>223</em> LIVINGFREE19 for sharing these quotes! <BR> <BR> Ok, the other day I had posted a blog that upon taking my good <em>223</em> 's Doodie59's advice, I found a handful of Sparkers with PTT issues. Hopefully not too many of you noticed, but I decided to delete it. I felt it was a bit depressing an... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 07:25:27 EST Private Invite only - Virtual Halloween Party! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528287 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213163691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1769498769.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me, Xoxo and Bff are the BATMAN FAMILY! You likey? (Pics are from last Halloween 2012 when we were all pretty healthy. LOL) <BR> <BR> Since I'm nonambulatory (well, my left calf is semi-healed and I can now walk on my left foot but my PTT gets painful and swells after), I'm unable to attend any Halloween parties this year. So I've dec... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:35:54 EST Using crutches - NOT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526896 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l429615568.jpg"> <BR> Above is a celebrity with her crutches. <BR> <BR> The first few days of using crutches, I was exactly like that. Falling over trying to climb UP steps, tripping over seemingly INVISIBLE things, and barely able to balance on one good leg! <BR> <BR> Nobody told me how hard it is to be over age 40 using crutches. This is not the first time I'm using crutches either. I had to use them when I was in my 30's when I first had... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:14:41 EST Friday Funnies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1940023689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309487829.jpg"> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:59:20 EST Update on Doc Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516082 So my personal doctor, Dr. A, is on vacation and I saw a colleague of hers, Dr. G., last Friday. I must say he's a handsome man, wears glasses and reminds me of Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> He was very accommodating and gentle, which is contrary to the female doctor I had chosen as PCP last year, who is although quite nice to me and tries to be helpful, I find her manner of speech rather brusque and impatient and her technical skills lacking. (I think it might... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:37:10 EST Xoxo's Transformation from pre-Rescue to Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513620 My Sparkteam Rescue Dog Lovers made my Xoxo the team mascot for this week. Since I posted these pics for the group, I thought I'd share it with my Sparkfriends here on my blog as well :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Xoxo pre-Rescue at Animal Control <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1755295633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Xoxo today <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l89150304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope this encourages y'all to adopt a rescue pet. <em>381</em> WE CA... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:11:38 EST Xoxo does not like Mommy's new bootie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499795 I saw my doctor Friday about my sudden onset of vertigo and excruciating foot pains. She took some more tests. <BR> <BR> Then she had me see a podiatrist who diagnosed me with PTT (posterior tibial tendinitis) on the left foot, and a heel spur from plantar fasciitis on the right foot. Yes, both stem from my FLAT FEET! So for those of you who think that flat feet is not destructive to your health, think again. <BR> <BR> I had PTT several years ago but on my Right foot. Now it's on my Left! G... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 23:50:28 EST WHAT CAN THIS BE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494990 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778069567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been getting my vertigo and feeling faint and fatigued again. I seem to get this wave of illness whenever fall arrives, and this general malaise doesn't seem to let up until winter's half over, which means until next year 2014!!! Spring and summer, I am fine. <BR> <BR> My illness seems to come when the temperature drops and it suddenly feels BRRR COLD -- to me. I was feeling so happy and carefree in the 70's ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:39:30 EST Is what this person did OKAY or NOT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484738 Yesterday a male acquaintance whom I had recently met at an event and I went to a live taping of a talk show I've never heard of, the "Tricia Show". Apparently it was like a mellow version of the Jerry Springer show. The theme was paternity DNA results, aka "Who's your daddy now?" <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898019258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1641459607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:47:49 EST My One & Only TRUE LOVE!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477000 Need I say more? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>313</em> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 17:38:42 EST ARE THOSE BUGS in my CEREAL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475093 I screeched in absolute fright <em>40</em> when I saw those tiny dark oval shaped things in my cereal this morning! Do you see them? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1941923977.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BFF laughed and said, "Those are flax seeds! I bought a new type of raisin bran!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1348658725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Come on! Don't they look like bugs to you? <BR> <BR> And what are flax seeds good for anyway? <em>... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:50:37 EST Gym vs. Home Fitness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466743 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l835366845.jpg"> <BR> Kickboxing at home! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l978413110.jpg"> <BR> Studio SPINNING at the gym! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1475766687.jpg"> <BR> Pilates equipment at the gym... <BR> <BR> The GYM seems to HAVE IT ALL -- you name it -- Tennis courts, racquetball courts, b-ball courts, squash...swimming pools, pilates, universal weights, etc. THEY HAVE... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:41:37 EST BFF lives it up while I Get Injured at the Park! Grrr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463226 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1822156302.jpg"> <BR> BFF in a mustang convertible. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2156132.jpg"> <BR> My poor, bleeding, scratched up knee. I had blocked a large, unleashed hound from lunging onto my little silky terrier Xoxo. <BR> <BR> Yes, this is me doing the HARD stuff, slaving away in the northeast while my BFF lives a life of luxury down south. (Just Kidding!) <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> BFF's down sou... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:32:29 EST Gym with an old friend (video) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460512 Today I met an old friend and we went to his gym. This is somewhat of an upscale gym and the facilities are expansive and vast. There are several pools, multiple courts, tons of exercise equipment, wifi lounges, saunas/jacuzzis, etc. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we did spinning and while waiting for the class, I videotaped my working out on a machine. Puzzle question #1: Can you figure out what type of machine I was using in the video? Second puzzle question: What is the movie on the screen on the mac... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:41:21 EST Contractor NIGHTMARE! Grrr!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452900 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l855617468.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Contractors are notorious for scamming and over-pricing and shortchanging homeowners. How do I know this? <BR> <BR> NOTE: Rant ahead. Stop now if you don't want to hear this! LOL <BR> <BR> Well, in mid-June is when all this mess started. Bff had wanted to replace 3 windows and the gutters in one of our multi-family homes. He wanted to install energy-efficient, and a new OPEN-ABLE octagon-shaped window in the cor... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:13:55 EST Xoxo meets the Choo Choo Train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445902 I took His Majesty Prince Xoxo of Buckingham to explore his first choo-choo track. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l515321804.jpg"> <BR> I can fit into an old Danskin leotard again! Woohoo! Just have to stop eating so much junk food (especially those darn Doritos spicy BBQ chips that I love) and not succumb to sneaky late night eating while bff is sleeping! Grrr <BR> <BR> How are y'all doing with your nutrition & fitness? Mon, 5 Aug 2013 23:57:39 EST YOGA POSES for my friend, DETERMINEDJANET http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434485 My Sparkfriend Janet has been having problems with her knees. She was inspired by my blog about how yoga saved my knees. <BR> <BR> I've decided to post some pics of the yoga poses which have helped my knees with their flexibility and strength. Although I recommend doing the whole sequence of poses from Bryan Kest's DVD Part I of III entitled "Power Yoga", I believe the pics of several poses shown below will start the ball rolling on improving the knees (and the back) of people such as Janet... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:00:50 EST YOGA SAVED MY KNEES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426427 I used to LOVE yoga. It made me feel strong and flexible. <BR> <BR> This is me at age 34 (ten years ago) doing a split. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1543071899.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then after my sports injuries at age 39, I was immobilized for a year and stopped going to the gym. I started gaining tons of weight till I reach an all-time high of near 140 pounds. At my height of only 5 foot 1 inches, that is A TON of weight! And since I'm Asian, it's worse because in th... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:29:10 EST Metlife Fitness Expo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399474 I, Bff & Xoxo visited a Fitness Expo at Metlife Stadium. The same Giants' <em>281</em> Football Stadium. I participated in Zumba and wall climb. J had an ingrown toe nail so he was incapacitated -- or so he says. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Xoxo sat with J. I also tried out hula and dance, dance revolution. We all toured the Giant's Locker Room. I got to touch ELI MANNING'S LOCKER! WOOHOO. LOL <BR> <BR> Zumba was fun. I was huffing and puffing within 3 minutes into each song! I could only... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:15:42 EST OUT OF COMFORT ZONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386243 I've come to realize I've been too comfortable with where I am and that is why I am not changing. I've lost some weight, then I regain some back, then lose again, etc. Also, I keep wanting to do more with my life -- go back to graduate school or enroll in law or business school, or even pursue a forensics science degree -- but I've so far done nothing to pursue any of it. <BR> <BR> It's because I'm WAY too comfy with the status quo. Even though I know my bff is not right for me, that I'd ne... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:41:20 EST Virgin at Murder Mystery Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376947 I went to my very first Murder Mystery Dinner this past weekend. Here are some pics they finagled us guests into taking (and paying heftily for) as soon as we walked into the restaurant! Talk about a scam. Oh, and they made me wear these 1920s eyeglasses that were WAY TOO SMALL for my face and blue boa that obviously did NOT match my outfit. LOL <BR> <BR> I couldn't believe it when they chose littl' ol' me to guest star as "Dr. Sara Dippity" in the show. I got to wear a white coat and stetho... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:34:54 EST So my doc says... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335470 A few months ago I started getting this really sharp, immobilizing pain as I was walking up the stairs. It'd come and go as suddenly as it came. I had gone to visit my PCP and she had said, "Don't worry. It's only osteoarthritis. I see that arthritis runs in your family." So then she prescribed some painkillers. <BR> <BR> I've been taking those painkillers. THEY DON'T WORK. <BR> <BR> In fact, the pain started coming more regularly. And it even struck me while I was doing the ELLIPTICAL mach... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:47:44 EST Just a Cute Video & some moo-moo pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282606 Xoxo plays with new chew toy. I have to sew up his old ones as the stuffings were all chewed out of them. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l251455064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1347151397.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1080813105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1583965722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21041... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:38:20 EST Relaxing dog walk in FL (VIDEO) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274639 While bff went off this morning to negotiate a contract with a new tenant, I walked Xoxo around our gated community. <BR> <BR> Hopefully the new tenant & her family are not slobs like the last one. We had to hire extra cleaners to massively scrub over the last home to get it in presentable, livable conditions. WHO breaks chandeliers, bathroom fixtures, and less than 2-year-old washer & dryer in a home?! <BR> <BR> Florida weather was BRRRR cold over the weekend but is warming up! Thank good... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:55:58 EST