EMMACLAIRE5's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMMACLAIRE5 EMMACLAIRE5'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/ Why not work out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767549 I have a meeting this afternoon with the woman who is leaving the job that I will be starting on Sept. 8th. We'll be meeting at 5pm and it's about a 30 minute drive for me, so I'm going to squeeze in a 45 min. session on the elliptical. When I told DH I'd be working out before the meeting, he looked at me like I was nuts. But he didn't say anything, so I didn't explain, but here's the thing: I have an hour between when I get off work and when I need to leave for the meeting. If I didn't ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:58:35 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765034 After 4 Fridays in a row at 140.8, I finally saw 140.0 on the scale this morning! I know it's not much, but I'm so grateful to see it! I'm sure it helps that I don't get much chance to eat during registration week at school, so my calories were in range. And I am back up to about 15 miles a week on the running, slow and steady, so I think that is a factor. I need to keep at it and drop the other 5-7 I really need to lose to feel better in my clothes. It's not like they don't fit, it's ju... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:53:45 EST A minor victory (and I need all the victories I can get!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760476 So the other secretary in my office brought me a cookie today. Her sister works at the school as well, and she makes the BEST peanut butter cookies, and Linda knows it's the only thing that I say yes to when it's offered. That way I don't have to think about it when food is offered. The answer is always no, thank you - EXCEPT - Debra's PButter cookies. Today, being Friday, is a high-calorie day for me, though, and the thought of adding another cookie's-worth of calories and fat into my da... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:17:53 EST The end of a busy summer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757649 ...and the beginning of a new adventure? <BR> <BR> I'm scheduled to go back to work on Wednesday - 3 days in the office before registration starts on Monday. I am NOT looking forward to it, I have to say. Since Princess graduated, I won't have any of my own kids at the high school with me for the first time in 8 years, THAT will take some getting used to! But also, I have started looking for a new job. I had my first interview this morning (the first one in 15 years, so I'm a little ru... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:04:38 EST Dontcha hate it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724802 When you see something edible, in the house or at work, and think to yourself "I'm not going to eat that, it's not for me". Then you watch as your ostensibly disembodied hand reaches out- of it's own accord, mind you - snatches that cookie/potato chip/piece of chocolate and pops it in your pie-hole before you even realize you've done it. Dontcha hate that? It's been happening a lot to me lately :-( <BR> <BR> I don't have a weight issue, I just have a hand management issue :-) <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:49:20 EST Princess is a graduate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719178 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1839598093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been a wild and crazy weekend, full of family, friends, RAIN, food, RAIN and warm fuzzies. Oh, and did I mention RAIN? Thank goodness for rental and loaner tents for the lawn :-) <BR> <BR> Now hopefully things will get back to what passes for normal in Emma's world! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:33:57 EST Quick funny story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717187 So, this morning I got up a bit earlier to go to the gym, because I had a mission beforehand. I had bought window paint to doll up Princess's car before she headed out to graduation practice at 9am. It was pretty wet, and I had a bit of a hard time getting the maroon and white paint sticks to work. I did the best I could and headed off to the gym. <BR> <BR> When I got out of my car, I noticed I had some of the maroon paint on my hands. No biggie, it wiped right off with Mommy Wipes (aka... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:28:52 EST Okay, enough of the bitter.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715902 After my post yesterday about Princesses graduation and my SIL's recent breast cancer diagnosis, I was complacently unprepared for yet more bad news. Abi, my oldest, called yesterday to say that his landlord has chosen to not renew his lease for next year, and now he and his wife *and their 4 kids* have to be out in 20 days :-( My heart just breaks for them - they have just not gotten a single break since he got out of the Navy 3 years ago. I'm working very hard not to take this whole thin... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:02:01 EST The bitter with the sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715054 As I've probably mentioned too many times to count, Princess is graduating from high school on Friday - WOOT!! She had her senior awards night last week, and managed to walk away with a Music Department award, a school Pride of the Pack award, 2 honors cords, an honors medallion and a local scholarship. Needless to say, DH and I are pretty proud and very happy for her successful school career thus far. <BR> <BR> So, while riding around on that little bubble of contentment, we found out t... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:48:31 EST Coupla things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712102 Hey there, Spark Friends! Life has gotten crazy-bizzy, what with all the May/June birthdays at Chez Emma, topped with Princess fixin' to graduate from high school next week. Lots of parties to plan and a not-very-big, but oh-so-messy house to try to whip into shape before the graduation party on the 15th. Meanwhile, I've been squeezing exercise in where- and whenever I can. I've managed to follow the physical therapist's "no running" order ( I just accidentally typed 'no-FUNNING' - Freudi... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:54:17 EST "I can" mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706114 DH and I were talking during a 4-mile walk on Memorial Day, and the topic came around to fitness. We talked about how difficult it can be to make working out a habit, how it really takes repeated effort to get that habit to be ingrained. And then one day you wake up and realize that you WANT to go for a run or a bike ride. That your body craves it and misses it. That feeling becomes an additional motivator to just keep you moving. The momentum of the habit of it just reinforces the whole... Thu, 29 May 2014 14:23:46 EST Ionto...what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700880 Got my PT referral for the foot-pain's-connected-to-the-knee-pain's-c<BR>onnected-to-the-hip-pain problem. He gave me a 'scrip for 8 visits to the Marquis de Sade with the option to include iontophoresis. Mmm...impressive word, but a little scary. Ends up it's a way of "using electricity to push medicine into your injured tissues." (courtesy of About.com) Evidently it can be fairly effective when treating plantar fasciitis. Who knew? So I'm wondering <BR> <BR> 1) have any of you had t... Thu, 22 May 2014 15:24:44 EST When weight loss tips don't help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698547 Princess and I were out shopping yesterday and got to talking about the frustration we sometimes feel when reading weight loss tips in magazines. Don't get me wrong, they are usually all very good ideas. But it's hard when you're trying to drop a few, and what you're reading is things like <BR> <BR> Don't eat out at fast food restaurants. <BR> Well, we don't eat at fast food restaurants, so there's something we can't try. <BR> <BR> Exercise at least 30 minutes, 3x a week. <BR> Um...c... Mon, 19 May 2014 15:15:31 EST out of my comfort zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694966 I have been dragging my feet for over a year, but finally took the plunge into my gym's weightroom yesterday. I don't know why I have had such a hard time getting past the snarky inner voice ("Everybody's watching you! You're doing it wrong!") and the fear of looking like an idiot. I certainly don't seem to have any problem looking like an idiot in other areas of my life! My secret weapon for this weightroom infiltration? Princess :-) <BR> <BR> I let my daughter take the lead because sh... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:40:23 EST Smarter than my lizard brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690709 So yesterday, in between Princess leaving for work and me arriving home from the gym, the top shelf in our kitchen cabinet broke :-( I came in and the floor was covered with shattered glassware and shards of serving plates. The only thing that survived was a plastic plate that my younger brother had given my mother when he was in kindergarten, which I had snagged as a family "heirloom". This all happened at the end of a pretty poopy day, and I was dismayed beyond even being able to have a ... Thu, 8 May 2014 16:54:29 EST Old school step aerobics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689930 They started offering a step aerobics class in the afternoons at my gym recently, and I decided to check it out yesterday. I was praying it was low-impact, in keeping with my foot-babying, and it was, thankfully. It had been several months since I did any stepping, and I forgot how challenging it can be, both aerobically AND coordination-wise. The instructor was very good - I've done her class a couple of times before, but they were only offered early morning, and I couldn't attend regular... Wed, 7 May 2014 16:08:57 EST Healthy challenge time again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688239 It's hard to believe that it's been a year since the Great Paleo Experiment I tried in conjunction with our school's spring Healthy Challenge 2013. I thought about it long and hard and realized I just didn't have the energy right now to commit to something quite so grand this time around. And the last 4 healthy challenges have all been focused on cutting something out, so I wanted to instead focus on adding something in. I thought I'd like to work more on balancing exercises - my balance i... Mon, 5 May 2014 17:07:45 EST Random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685043 * There's a special place in hell for people who don't wipe down the machines at the gym after using them. <BR> <BR> * Running in temperatures over 65 takes a special kind of crazy. Evidently I have that special kind of crazy, but it's UGLY! <BR> <BR> * When you forget your almond butter at home, the pear you brought for breakfast feels VERY lonely. Cinnamon is a poor substitute, just sayin' <BR> <BR> * You can cram a lot of boxes into your kid's bedroom rather than waste the time em... Thu, 1 May 2014 14:32:55 EST When is a Reuben sammich no longer a Reuben sammich? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684213 Answer: When you've healthy eating-ed it down to it's barest essentials. Let me 'splain... <BR> <BR> My totally happiest sandwich ever is a Reuben sandwich. My mother and I had a quest for the best Reuben going for a stretch of probably 20 years or so. At last reckoning, we agreed that the best ever was at the Orange Bowl at Northlake Mall, circa 1972. It's no longer there, nor the card shop my mom worked in at the time, but since she passed away in '08 and I don't eat "real" Reubens an... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:38:39 EST Back to running - albeit slowwly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683228 After my self-imposed week-long break from running, I ran a tentative 1.25 miles on the treadmill yesterday evening. The foot still hurt, the hip was better, and it felt GREAT to just shake out the cobwebs! This morning, I planned to run 2 easy miles, and was able to pull that off, although it was a bit of a struggle. The legs felt good, but I was having a hard time getting my breathing under control. I think I may have just been psyching myself out that it was going to 1) hurt a lot and/... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:55:34 EST Overdid it again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677212 Yesterday was a beautiful day, and I had such a hankering to run the trail from our house to the park we usually run in. DH has taken the past several Sundays off from running - he caught plantar fasciitis from me LOL, but was going to go take an easy run yesterday, so I had somebody to pick me up. <BR> <BR> The foot warmed up pretty well, and the hip was just twinge-y, not painful, which was a blessing. It was just so nice to be out and about, tunes in my ears, sun on my face, plugging ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:46:37 EST Sore, but grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675004 I tweaked my hip in last Thursday's RIPPED class, just enough to give me an occasional worrisome twinge. It happens to be the right hip, which is the side with the sore foot, too, so I don't limp on both sides, luckily. I felt good enough on Sunday to do my long run and it went well until the very end, when the hip just tightened up and got very sore. So I nursed it all week and did mostly elliptical work and upper body weights. Ran this morning, and it was tight, but not unmanageable. ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:52:59 EST Walking a fine line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672914 Princess has been complaining about her weight, her shape, her texture, etc. I can totally relate. The thing is, she's a healthy 17-year-old girl with a BMI of 22.7, and I am a relatively healthy, 53-year-old woman with a BMI of 23.7. We're both "normal", but I have to be *very* diligent about my eating and my workouts. She has the luxury of being able to be less rigid in both, but it's not without a dose of guilt. She feels bad that she doesn't work out more, she feels bad when she hits... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:46 EST Sleep - 1, Pre-Dawn Run - 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668988 There has been a noticeable lack of ZZZzzzzZZZzzzs at Chez Emma this week. I'm just having a devil of a time sleeping through the night. The consequence is that I've only made one of my morning runs this week :-( But when the alarm went off at 4:20 this morning, and I'd only had about 4 hours of solid sleep, I made a management decision to try and get another hour. Of course I fell into a very deep sleep after that, and feel quite groggy right now, but I can't help but think I made the ri... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:25:34 EST Weigh-in WTH?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658646 Ha Ha Ha - joke's on me!! Over the last 4 days of my 1300 calorie challenge, I rang up a hefty 3086 calorie deficit. And you know what the scale said this morning? up .2 lbs. WTH?? It was so wildly ironic, I started to laugh, which frightened my poor sleepy husband. I'm so glad I got another opportunity to confirm to myself that weight loss ISN'T A MATH PROBLEM!! I sense that's a lesson that I will probably revisit again and again, just to see if it's still true :-) <BR> <BR> We now re... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:47:32 EST Day 4 of the 1300 calorie challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657881 It's been an interesting week with my 1300 calorie challenge. It actually has been easier than I thought it might be. There was one day where I only hit 1000 calories, so I had a cup of graham chex for a bedtime snack just to boost the total a little. I've never had cause before to worry about not getting enough calories (whoda thunk?), but I know if I keep it too low, too long, my body will think I'm starving it's poor self and start hanging on to every.little.calorie. Don't want that to... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:09:07 EST Low-Cal Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655486 I started my 1300 calorie challenge today - looking forward to maybe seeing another drop on the scale on my weigh-in Friday. For breakfast today I had my usual CoCoYogo and a pear with almond butter. Lunch is going to be zucchini, a veggie burger (no bun), a tangerine and some grape tomatoes. I also had my chocolate soy milk on the drive in to work. I probably didn't need it, because I didn't get up and run this morning (give my foot a break after the 8-miler yesterday!), but I figured it ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:07:33 EST the 1300 challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653427 The scale was down .8 lbs. for the second week in a row - thank goodness! I hope this means that my extra diligence with food choices and workouts is paying off. I'm thinking about adding in a challenge for myself next week. I'm going to shoot to keep my calories as close to 1300 per day as I can, just for Mon-Fri, to kind of power burn my way down a couple more pounds. <BR> <BR> It has been reassuring just to be moving in the right direction - you know that feeling that your body has j... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:02:15 EST Spring has Sprung? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652361 DH and I ran the local St. Patty's Day 5k last weekend and had a great time. I love this race because it's so small (491 finishers) it's so close to home AND its 9:15 start time - nothing like sleeping in on a race day! The weather was perfect - mid 40's and no rain, although this meant I didn't wear my running jacket, and didn't realize until we got there that I had no place to put my iPod :-( Thank goodness for my running bra, right? <BR> <BR> I did fairly well - came in 7 seconds slo... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:34:09 EST food pushing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647144 Okay, so this week is classified employee week in our school district. The certified staff treats us with goodies all week, which is a very thoughtful thing to do. What isn't so thoughtful is some of the comments I get when I don't partake of the bagel breakfasts and the brownie lunches, etc. I do take time to acknowledge their thoughtfulness, but that isn't always enough to head them off at the pass. Now, I've been losing/maintaining my weight for 3 years at this point and it's old news ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:40:27 EST Plugged back in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645560 I made it 2 1/2 months without my Polar Heart rate monitor - 2 1/2 whole months! That's pretty good for me. I finally went hunting on-line and actually found me exact same package - monitor, strap, GPS, computer hook-up thingy (not to get all technical!), for HALF of what I paid for it new 3 years ago! I guess that's what you get when you're patient enough for the newer models to come out - the "old" stuff gets a lot cheaper :-) <BR> <BR> The first thing I did was wear it on the elliptica... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:59:00 EST Magnanimous Mile re-cap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641375 We had a blast at the Magnanimous Mile on Saturday. DH and I were both going to dress up goofy, but when we walked out the door - hey! Who forgot to dress up? Oh, well, I'm used to being the oddball in any group :-) Several people commented on my outfit and agreed that we should encourage goofy dressing for next year's 2nd annual Magnanimous Mile run. <BR> <BR> I did pretty well, too, kinda surprised myself. They had us run in heats according to our projected finish time, so there were ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:38:15 EST cross training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639651 I was thinking back on 2013 (yes, I know it's March, but sometimes I'm a little slow...), and all the different activities I did, and hoping I have that much opportunity to be active in 2014. <BR> <BR> Things I did in 2013: <BR> walked <BR> ran <BR> biked <BR> swam <BR> river rafted <BR> paddle boarded <BR> did RIPPED class <BR> did Cardio Sculpt class <BR> used the elliptical machine <BR> jumped rope <BR> Hula Hooped (poorly, but humorously!) <BR> used Billy, my Bosu <BR> used my step <BR... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:40:04 EST Wrong Way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635980 That's which direction the scale is moving :-( I'm a little down still from the high I hit after the holidays, but I'm frustrated that it's not dropping more. It's especially frustrating since I've eaten very well for 2 weeks in a row and been working out faithfully. *sigh* What to do? <BR> <BR> I know, I know, just keep on keepin' on, right? It's so hard to hang on and trust the process, even though I know things will turn around if I keep tracking honestly and putting in the effort.... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:44:49 EST If you give an Emma an eggroll... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634469 Ever notice how one thing leads to another, food-wise? <BR> <BR> DH is going in for routine blood work today, and the Dr. said he could have plain coffee or plain tea or water only until the testing at 3pm. I asked if he would be having coffee or tea, and he said he was better off just drinking water, because then he wouldn't be as tempted to eat. Coffee leads to donuts leads to whatever. I got to thinking about things in my diet that are like that. And there aren't many, but there are... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:53:08 EST Don't let the numbers discourage you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629380 I was poking around on an on-line BMI tracker and saw an interesting number. The BMI itself is still squeakily hanging within the "healthy range" (whew!), but the surprise came when I compared myself to other women my age. According to this site <link>www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi.htm </link> , I fall in the 18th percentile for my weight. What this means is that out of 100 women my age, 82 of them would weigh more than me. Which is amazing on several levels. First of all, I don't co... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:41:16 EST Making it happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622417 When I got up this morning, it was pretty warm (45 degrees) and *very* windy. While I was getting ready to do my daily run, the power went out :-( I don't mind running early, and I don't mind running in the dark, but running in the DARK dark when there may be downed power lines?? Not a good idea! <BR> <BR> So I did some time calculations and decided, if I got out the door ASAP, I could do my 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym and still be back in time to get ready for work and arrive a... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:07:51 EST Should have known better... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621523 I stopped at the grocery store after my R.I.P.P.E.D. class last night (first one since oral surgery, and I was whooped!), to grab a few things and grab a Coke Zero. I went to the grocery store that carries the veggie chips that I love so much, but I have a hard time portioning. Meaning, it comes in a tub, I'm-a gonna EAT a tub! But after the last time I bought them, and ate my way through them in a couple of days, I realized that I get a tummy ache after I eat them. And I don't think it's... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:57:14 EST trigger food ghost from my past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620568 I usually have a pretty good handle on my trigger foods - tortilla chips, trail mix, certain breakfast cereals, etc. But I was blind-sided recently by a confrontation with an old friend. <BR> <BR> In the olden days, before I made a lot of healthy changes to my diet, one of my favorite snacks was Durkee French Fried Onion Rings - you know, the crunchy little slivers of processed LOVE that folks put on top of the ubiquitous holiday green bean casserole? I'm sure I'm not the only one who wo... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:30:11 EST Healthy Ripple Effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617839 I am back to just about 100% after my wisdom teeth removal last week. Thanks again for all your well wishes! Still staying away from hard and crunchy stuff for another week, probably. Which I found out means I'm not eating broccoli :-( I like my broccoli really crisp, pretty much just blanched, but that's too much for the ol' mouth to handle just yet. I'm making do with other veggies that I can tolerate being softer. <BR> <BR> The recuperation period went better than I feared it might... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 12:21:42 EST I *tried* to take it easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615482 And I did a pretty good job at it for a while...really! BTW, thanks for all the well-wishes for my surgery - it did go very well and I'm on the mend. Teeth were out early Friday, and I spent Friday sleeping and Saturday taking it very easy. Sunday, though, the sun was out and the Seahawks were getting me wound up, so DH and I went for an easy 4-mile walk. It was nice to get out and move around and I honestly didn't even think of picking up the pace or missing running or anything. Then ye... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 23:43:30 EST Newbies!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610228 My RIPPED class had 15 people in it on Monday - normally, it's a pretty big day when we get 8 in there - but we have lots of newbies showing up for the New Year. Last year, I admit I got a little impatient with losing my favorite spot in the room and maybe not getting my usual locker - waaah! What a baby! This year, I've decided to focus on being as welcoming as I can be. I remember all too well how awkward I felt when I showed up at my first Turbo class - WAY out of my comfort zone. The... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:47:08 EST Grateful for all you Sparkies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609140 Although I haven't been on a scale in 2 weeks (skipped last week's weigh-in because I had book club the night before - ugh!), I can tell that I've gained a couple (buncha?) pounds. It's been a long time since my pants have felt snug and I'm not happy about that... <BR> <BR> So this is the time that I need SparkPeople the most. When I'm cruising along that easy maintenance highway, I may glance at the daily articles that show up in my e-mail and think to myself "yeah, I know all that" and h... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:58:38 EST weight gain after surgery worries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608377 I'm scheduled to get my wisdom teeth out on Friday and I'm worried about gaining weight from inactivity. I think it's making it worse that I'm not able to run my usual mileage because of my foot. I had hoped to get in some extra workouts beforehand so as to hopefully counteract my impending slothdom. Okay, recuperation, though it'll probably feel like slothdom to me :-) I have no idea how long I'm going to be out of commission - wisdom tooth extraction is for kids, not 53-year-old grammas... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:45:58 EST Give it a minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603382 In the mornings, on the way to work, I've been having a cup of soy chocolate milk to get some protein in after my run. Recently, I've been extra hungry and a couple of times last week I took something in the car with me to have along with my drink. I tend to crave something munchy and crunchy, so I throw together Cheerios (about 1/2 cup) with a couple of pecans and a couple raisins. Not a bad choice, but is it really necessary? <BR> <BR> This morning I was particularly hungry and thought ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:47:54 EST oh, my aching foot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602576 I'm sure it's been building up for a while, but it feels like it came on overnight - nasty plantar fasciitis pain in my right heel. I've had PF pain in my arches several times before, especially when I was still heavy and was working at a restaurant as a second job. But it's been several years since I've had any trouble, and I have to say it's got me pretty miffed! I've been looking on-line to see what I can do to alleviate the problem, and, of course one of the most recommended things is ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:25:44 EST Successful Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601486 So Thursday night when I was getting my shopping list ready for Friday, I asked DH what he needed from the store. He said "Football snacks" and I felt a visceral shudder move down my body. You all know I love chips and crackers and CHEESE!!! as much as the next guy, but for some reason, I felt uncomfortable with the idea of purposefully buying things that I'm trying to avoid. Maybe I sensed an impending moment of weakness in the force? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I reasoned with myself that just be... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:15:34 EST Found... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597055 one extra pound. PLEASE come take it back ASAP! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:34:48 EST grain-free isn't for everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596034 Princess has bowed out of grain-free week as of last night. She has been extra tired all week, and though some of that may be from monthly fluctuations, she also thought the lower carb level may be contributing to it. I thanked her for being my no-grain buddy for a couple of days, and then we talked about how dietary choices are NOT one-size-fits-all. And the only way to figure out what does and doesn't work for you is to simply try it for a while. If it doesn't work for you, it doesn't w... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:35:33 EST What I'm eating Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594836 I know other bloggers do WIW regularly, but I figure my eats are pretty boring most of the time and everybody would fall asleep reading about it! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> But this is a grain-free week, and for folks who may be considering trying grain-free, maybe this could be of some help. <BR> <BR> Breakfast today was my usual coco-yogo (vanilla Greek yogurt with 2 TB. cocoa powder and a squirt of agave) followed by jicama hash browns with one egg and one egg white. I love having jica... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:20:41 EST