ERIN1128's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ERIN1128 ERIN1128'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/ I survived the week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913429 Just got back from a 9.4-mile bike ride...no idea how I did it, I've just got no oomph today! Kept having to downshift in places where I shouldn't need to. But I just forced myself to keep thinking about that scale, keep thinking about that fitness level I want to be at, and kept plugging. <BR> <BR> Speaking of the scale, I got on this morning and thankfully, those 3 lbs that appeared last week have now left again. Buh-bye!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was terrible, eating-wise...I splurged o... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:48:47 EST I. Am. Exhausted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912639 Okay, it's 7:30pm Thursday night and this is just about the first chance I've had all week to just sit and blog for a few minutes! Man, it's been nuts. I've been jumping on each day to check in, and look at other people's blogs, but haven't had time to write. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Work is just really nuts right now...I spent Saturday afternoon in the office and came in Monday morning feeling like I was starting to get on top of things. Then I got handed two huge new thing... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:51:54 EST Stress = Bad Eating = Must Stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909982 Whew, what a crazy week at work - SUPER busy and stressful. That fun time of year! I ended up going in for 3-1/2 hours yesterday afternoon too. The nice thing about going in for a few hours on the weekend is that I can get soooo much done in the quiet! I can just focus and crank away. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, the stress has led to some bad eating...I always like to say that I'm not one of those people with food issues, but guess what? As soon as the stress hits, I decide I "deserve" those cook... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:03:19 EST Is It Friday Yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908444 Oy, I'm beat, it's been a super busy week at work. Ate lunch at my desk yet again today. :-p <BR> <BR> Thankfully, nothing on the agenda tonight except family time in the jacuzzi! And a big glass of wine, I think. :-) <BR> <BR> Was short on time this morning so all I got in was 25 min of yoga. But at least that's something, right? <BR> <BR> My mother-in-law made chocolate chip cookies when she was here the other day...evil...my absolute favorite. I've eaten way too many of them. Jus... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 18:06:56 EST Wed afternoon already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907820 Whew, this week is flying by! Super busy at work. <BR> <BR> Let's see...yesterday it was absolutely pouring rain (YAY for that, by the way), so I took that as an excuse to roll over and sleep some more. But today I took the pooch out for a 2.8-mile walk. It was only 40, brrr! I know that's balmy for a lot of you, but pretty chilly here for April. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm eating lunch at my desk for the third day in a row. :-p Just too busy to get out right now, it's crunch time. <BR> ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 15:43:59 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906415 Well, spring break is over - the kiddo is back at school, and the legislators are all back. I was here all week last week, but at least I got to wear jeans! :-) <BR> <BR> Got some running in this morning - my usual, run 1-1/2 minutes, walk 2. I petered out early on the last run so I got 13 min total in rather than 13-1/2, but not bad. (2.87 miles total). I just wish it would get easier! Every time I see a runner, I marvel at how easy and lovely they make it look. I just don't think I'... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 12:18:36 EST Busy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905585 Well, this was a busy Saturday, but good. Started off taking the Girl Scout troop to tour a local restaurant as the last activity for their "Simple Meals" badge. Those folks were so nice! They took the girls all over the restaurant, then crammed them all into the tiny kitchen and let them make a batch of biscuits (which they later brought out to us - yum!). We stayed and had a great breakfast of course. Almost all of us ordered the french toast, LOL! I don't even want to think about how... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 23:28:45 EST Unhappy Tummy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904807 So, I'm not sure what to think at this point. I've been having intestinal issues after almost every meal, and I thought it might be the Allegra so I stopped taking it earlier this week. But the issues haven't stopped, though they've lessened a bit. So I thought okay, I've been having more trouble with carbs/starch the past year, maybe it's that. So I made a point of having just scrambled eggs for breakfast this morning, no toast. But half an hour later, there I am in the bathroom. Argh.... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 12:28:48 EST Yogahhhhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904218 Paul braved the pollen to walk the pup this morning, so I got some yoga time in, yay! I was surprised how stiff I was, it felt good to really stretch out. I tried something new today - instead of holding poses for my usual 5-count, I aimed for a 10-count. Which I was able to do on the majority of them, though not all (half moon pose, anyone?). It's funny, even something seemingly simple, like mountain pose, becomes a lot harder when you hold it for that long! I will have to do more of th... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:25:18 EST Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903551 Got some running in today, woo hoo! I made a point of NOT losing track of my runs, for a change (I run 1-1/2 min, walk 2, and I tend to lose count about halfway through). So I can definitely, positively say that I ran 14 minutes total today, woo hoo! Of course, it would be nice if I could actually run those all in a row, but hey, it's something. <BR> <BR> Today is a regular work day again, though still quiet since the Legislature is on spring break. Kate is spending the day with Grammy ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:06:47 EST Working on Those Good Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902921 I did well at the office yesterday - I didn't totally avoid the donuts, had half of a little one when I hit sleepy time around 3, but that's it. And I did avoid the chips and salsa. So, not bad. Oh, and I skipped dessert last night, though I did have a small handful of crackers later. Tradeoffs... <BR> <BR> It's spring break for Kate and for the Legislature, but it's super busy time for me and Paul. But nice to have the building so quiet - all the committee consultants are working hard,... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:52:49 EST A Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902324 Well my goodness, my blog was "featured" yesterday! Probably because I took my title from Sparkguy's blog. ;-) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, had a great day yesterday. Here's the gorgeous view from one of the wineries we visited: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1385073699.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you can see, it was just a stunning day. In the 80s! Madness. <BR> <BR> Let's see, what else. Basically, I just want to focus on good choices today. I took Bam-Bam for a 2.8-mi... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:51:25 EST Positive Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901694 Did you all get your email from SparkGuy today? He says, "I hope you are ready to make many positive decision this week!" Very timely for me, because I've been making a lot of bad decisions, food-wise and some others, this past week. <BR> <BR> I think a lot of it relates to the fact that yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my mom dying. It really weighed heavily on me all week - remembering last year, when I spent the entire week running between very-busy work, and the ICU, and know... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:55:57 EST Why NOT to Eat Like Crap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901132 Why NOT to eat unhealthy...I've been falling off the wagon pretty good this week in terms of carbing it up like crazy. And you know what? I've been having, shall we say, some intestinal issues all week. Coincidence? I think not. <BR> <BR> Why NOT to eat unhealthy...yeah, it tastes great when I'm eating it, but then I beat myself up for eating crap. <BR> <BR> Why NOT to eat unhealthy...I've been godawful tired this week, and I'm guessing that's not a coincidence either. <BR> <BR> Thankf... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:01:12 EST Thursday but Feels like Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900065 Whew, what a week. I just feel like I'm losing it a bit, spacing out on stupid stuff. Like this morning I realized that we have HUGE piles of laundry, so much so that Kate had to go into the dirty laundry to find underwear. I know, ick. I just am not keeping up well right now, for some reason! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Monday evening was basically normal, but Tuesday night was the annual "Founder's Day" event at school, which we've come to dread...PTA meeting, election of next... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:32:31 EST Monday Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898172 So, Saturday turned out to be a really crappy day. Not all of it, but I was definitely in a grumpy mood. I had thought that getting my hair done would be the good part - but ohhhhhhh, no! Lordy, what an experience that turned out to be. I'd been thinking about switching stylists anyhow, but boy, now I am for sure. <BR> <BR> So, first she kept me waiting 20 min past my appointment time because she was still working on her prior client. Then she came and whisked me into the chair and slap... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:44:52 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896972 It's a beautiful spring morning! I'm on full dog duty now, with Paul's allergies being so bad, and since I skipped yesterday with her, she was raring to go today. So I took her for a long one - 3.1 miles. She's pooped now. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We got a bit of a scare yesterday...apparently Paul's mom woke up having trouble remembering anything, totally confused. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Paul's dad got her right into the car and headed for the hospital, but ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:08:33 EST Friday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896495 Woo hoo, it's Friday! Thankfully, this hasn't been nearly as crazy a week, either at work or at home. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'd been hoping to try running again yesterday, since my quads were STILL sore, but Paul's allergies have now kicked into high gear - so bad that he's hitting the inhaler. So off Bam-Bam and I went. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> However, she kind of dragged through the second half of the walk, and wasn't super perky this morning, so I decided t... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:40:51 EST Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895230 Holy cow, my quads are sooooo sore from running yesterday! Tells you how long it's been, oy. The problem is, I don't know how to get them stretched out - my understanding is that the basic solution is the one where you grab your ankle and pull it up behind you, but my poor back says no way to that one. I took Bam-Bam for a couple-mile walk this morning and I was hoping that would help, but not really. So if anyone has a suggestion for a good quad stretch that doesn't involve contorting my... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:10:51 EST A Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894614 I got some RUNNING in today, wahooo!!!! Can't remember the last time I ran. I went pretty easy, just ran 1-1/2 minutes, walked 2, and I was surprised it wasn't harder. Naturally I managed to lose track of how many runs I did - I ended up with either 10-1/2 or 12 min of running, not sure which. (2.8 miles total.) But either way, I'm happy, since I haven't been able to run in ages, between my back and my knee! But everything is feeling good today. <BR> <BR> Several friends have posted ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:15:30 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894164 Thankfully, this week seems to be much quieter at work (knock on wood!). <BR> <BR> I had a great day down in the Bay Area yesterday with my BFF. So nice and relaxing! Really nice to have a whole weekend OFF. I also drover around a bit after I left her place - went to where my elementary school was (houses now), drove by my high school (still going strong), and visited my junior high, which was weird - the front half of campus is abandoned and overgrown, the back half is now a Montessori S... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:31:49 EST A Blessedly Unscheduled Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892898 It's 12:45 and I'm sitting at the computer screwing around. Love it! Seems like I'm always running around doing stuff on Saturdays. Such a relief to have a day OFF! I really need it, after this crazy week. <BR> <BR> This morning was one of my favorite rites of spring - the annual Little League parade! It comes right down my street so we always sit out on the front steps to watch it, so much fun. <BR> <BR> I took Bam-Bam out for a long walk, she was raring to go! I just mapped it and we... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:51:49 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892262 Woo hoo, it's Friday! I am SO tired. It's been a super crazy week at work, and I've been having to knock myself out to get out at 5 since Paul is out of town. Plus I've been waking up around 5 every morning, ughhhh (I usually get up at 6)....I HATE HATE HATE time changes! I do not understand why we keep doing it! Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, took Bam-Bam for about a 2-1/2 mile walk this morning. Yesterday I did yoga, she was very annoyed with me for not taking her out. ;-) <BR> <BR> Ton... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:11:41 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890459 Holy cow, did yesterday turn out to be a crazy day at work! Hoping for much, much quieter today. <BR> <BR> Did a half hour of yoga yesterday, felt good. I can do almost everything now without back pain, though I have to be careful getting in and out of down dog and go gentle on twists. Nice to get back to it though - I've lost some flexibility, I want to get it back! <BR> <BR> Today I had to get Kate to school early (she has band on Tues/Thurs), so I didn't think I had time to walk the d... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:10:36 EST Gorgeous Weather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889382 This weather is crazy even for here - 70-something today! Unfortunately we're all sneezing so we can't open the house up, but I did spend most of the morning outside. Did a bunch of yardwork (yanking out ivy, oh joy) and then went for a 20-min bike ride. I would have liked to go longer but my knee was tweaking a bit so I didn't want to push too hard. Felt great to get out on my bike though! <BR> <BR> Sooooo nice to be unscheduled today! The upside of having to cancel the Girl Scout acti... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:59:05 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888218 Had to skip the workout again today, unfortunately - early physical therapy appt on Wed, and Kate's oral surgery was at 8am today. <BR> <BR> But it went great! Poor baby had six teeth pulled - all her remaining baby teeth. But the doc said she was a total rock star, better than most adult patients! So we were pretty proud. She was doing great when we walked out but after being on her feet a bit got suddenly very woozy at home so we got her on the couch wtih orders to stay there all day a... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:13:33 EST Feels Like Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887533 Man, I have been SO busy at work, I can't believe it's not Friday yet! I feel like I've already put in a full week. <BR> <BR> I was depressed about the scale ticking up last weekend, but it seems to have ticked back down so maybe it really was due to TOM thank goodness. I'm actually wearing a pair of slacks today that I haven't been able to wear for a while because they were too tight, so that's making me feel good! <BR> <BR> Let's see, what have I done this week, exercise-wise...I'm ta... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:30:54 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885611 Monday already...definitely not enough down time this weekend, but what can you do. I did get a lot of stuff done, which is always a bit of a stress reliever! <BR> <BR> My sad moment this weekend was when Kate was trying on clothes at Justice...she put on a super cute dress that just looked great on her, and when she looked in the mirror she exclaimed, "I look skinny!" Aieeee! I coudln't believe those words would come out of a 10-year-old's mouth. :-( <BR> <BR> As for exercise, I did ab... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:58:19 EST Weekend, Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884332 It's only 1pm and I've already gotten quite a bit done today! Didn't manage an actual workout, but I did spent almost an hour doing yardwork, so that's something I guess. We got the car in to the dealer for service, and stopped by my dad's to drop something off. Then I ran Paul and Kate out to pick up the car and they went and got her a pair of sneakers and did the grocery shopping, while I came back home and showered and ate lunch, then I put away the groceries when they got home. <BR> <... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:10:00 EST Almost Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883204 Wow, this week really has been busy - I haven't blogged since Sunday! Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Super busy at work - it's a big deadline week, which is always crazy. Thankfully, we're almost into home stretch. :-) <BR> <BR> On Tuesday night, I went with a group of coworkers to volunteer at a women's and children's homeless shelter. Very humbling experience...some of the women's stories were so heartbreaking, they have such hurdles to get over! One woman told us she was in a domestic violence s... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:40:25 EST Sunday Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880829 Whew, busy weekend! But I got some shopping time in today, so I'm happy. ;-) <BR> <BR> Let's see...despite major back pain this morning, I got out and walked - 3 miles, in fact - and it seemed to help. Nice to walk on my own, more relaxing than hassling with the dog. I was going to take her but Paul rightly figured it would be too hard on my back. <BR> <BR> Kate and I delivered Girl Scout cookies on our street this morning. Then we came back home for a break, and Paul and Bam-Bam came ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:08:59 EST Girl Scout Cookies!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880124 Well, here's what my dining room looked like an hour ago: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249730904.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thankfully, most of the cases are now gone, as the various moms and dads have arrived to pick them up. We still have a pile of cookies that Kate sold, but we're going to head out tomorrow morning to start unloading those. But yes, we bought some, so there will still be lots of temptation around. I am going to try very hard to exercise restraint... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:17:27 EST Busy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878779 Well as usual, the short week almost makes the long weekend not worth it. Almost! I did really like having that extra day. :-) <BR> <BR> Tweaked my back Tuesday morning and it's been bugging me the past couple days...particularly bad today, argh. So frustrating, I feel like every time I'm over the hump, I take two steps back. Anyhow, Paul is going to take Kate to karate tonight so I think I'm going to do some time in the hot tub! Haven't had time the past couple nights and I really nee... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:55:22 EST Tuesday But Feels Like Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877557 It was sooo nice to have a long weekend, especially with such gorgeous weather! Crazy warm here, supposed to hit 70 today I think. Of course, we'd rather have rainstorms here in parched California, but the spring-y weather is awfully nice. <BR> <BR> Busy weekend, but I got a lot done so that helps my sanity. ;-) <BR> <BR> Took a 2-1/2 mile walk this morning - on my own, no dog! She was looking pooped so I left her home. I thought about running, I really need to get back to it, but my k... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:18:05 EST Hot Tub, Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875927 I just spent half an hour with my family, soaking in our BRAND NEW HOT TUB!!!! So excited! It's been a long saga, but it is finally up and running. Here's what it looked like this afternoon as we were getting the chemical balance figured out...I couldn't get a good picture of it tonight, but all the lights are pretty cool. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1842255629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This thing is going to sooooo help me all over - my back, my arthritic joints,... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:45:42 EST Almost Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874814 Got a couple-mile walk with Bam-Bam in this morning, trying to get back on that exercise bandwagon! I have finally kicked the bug and am feeling back to normal. Tired...but hey, that's normal. ;-) <BR> <BR> Very busy day at work today, things are definitely kicking into higher gear. Have to be careful not to sit too long at a time and screw my back up all over again, now that it's finally feeling good. <BR> <BR> Have made it through our little karate crisis, for the moment at least. Th... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 23:57:31 EST Physical Therapy, Hot Tub, Teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874033 Feeling much better today, after feeling like utter crap half the day yesterday...with any luck I'm on the tail end of this damn bug! <BR> <BR> Back to physical therapy today...had to cancel my appt last week since I was sick. Looks like I have yet one more to do - apparently I have to achieve a number of goals in order to finish, including being able to sit for 20 minutes without pain (not quite there yet). I've hit all the other ones though, we went through them today - being able to do ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:10:02 EST Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872705 Another day, another dollar! Yep, I'm back at work. Still not feeling 100%, but apparently that's the nature of this bug...you feel good for a day, then you feel crappy for a day, then back to good again. Sounds like it lasts up to 2 weeks, and I'm close to a week in, so hopefully not too much longer. <BR> <BR> Took Bam-Bam for a walk this morning, couple miles, and managed to avoid the rain. Though it totally cleared up by the time we left for work, so there wasn't much rain to avoid! N... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 18:39:17 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871826 Sitting here drinking my coffee and listening to the RAIN, yay! Even better, I got a quick half hour walk in with Bam-Bam before the worst of it hit. Though she still wasn't happy, she hates rain - keeps stopping and trying to shake it all off, LOL! Anyhow, we got in a little under 2 miles, not overly long, but it felt good to get out and move since I haven't done any exercise in days, with being sick and all. <BR> <BR> Several things to ramble about today. First, diet. I've been genera... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 12:40:55 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871286 Well, what a week this turned out to be! I spent most of Tue and Wed at conferences (all that sitting did my back NO good, let me tell you), and then was home sick Thurs and Fri. Not looking forward to seeing my desk on Monday morning... <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I felt pretty much back to normal yesterday but stayed home again because I had woken up feeling a bit feverish. (I slept ALL DAY on Thursday). Today I'm definitely not feeling 100%, so I'm going to try not to push to... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 13:49:50 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868684 Well, I actually got a little running in today! Very little - my knee has been tweaking a bit, so I just did run one minute, walk a couple, for a total of 5 minutes. (I had to keep it short because one of us had to get back in time to get the kiddo up early for band practice, and Paul wanted to take the pooch for a long walk since we didn't take her yesterday.) But it feels good to have broken the barrier and gotten back into it. <BR> <BR> The downside is that my knee is really bothering ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:27:03 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868128 Almost 4pm on Monday, and we have nothing on the schedule tonight. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Spent an hour or so yesterday morning cleaning up my scrapbooking/exercise area. (I know, that sounds like a weird combo, but in a small house you have to maximize space!). Looks soooo much better, it had gotten pretty dusty. Did some organizing, too, which always makes me happy. :-) A couple months ago we finished a big room-by-room purge, which we do every couple of years, and we came to the conclus... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 18:51:32 EST Things Are Looking Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867130 After a very hard week, on many levels, I feel like I"m really turning a corner. I have now had many days in a row of almost no back pain, which is just amazing!!! I'm actually thinking about getting off the tramadol and seeing how that goes. Of course, the downside is that it's been suppressing my appetite somewhat. ;-) But hopefully I'm now in enough of a snacking-less mode that I can keep it up. And regardless, I am just so so so happy to not be in massive pain! I was beginning to ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:18:48 EST ...and the Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866065 Let's see, what ELSE is going on, aside from all the ten-year-old drama I posted about separately? ;-) <BR> <BR> The GOOD news is that I'm on like Day Three of my back feeling GREAT. Woo fricking hoo!!!! I am afraid to hope that perhaps I'm on the mend...this flareup is supposed to actually subside eventually...but this is probably the most days in a row I have felt this good in weeks and weeks. Fingers crossed! I'm doing everything I can - doing my exercises faithfully every night, and... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:22:33 EST The Trials of Ten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866055 Wowie kazowie, what a week...the last couple days have been TOUGH. I'm starting to understand why everyone says boys are easier! <BR> <BR> Long story short - oy, I don't even know how to make this short. Well, Kate has this friend Amelia who walks home from school with her every day, and they're in class and Girl Scouts together. We have probably pushed this relationship a bit, as it's convenient and it did seem to be working. <BR> <BR> Kate has come to us a couple times in the past six m... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:13:13 EST Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864562 Well, I'm having major ups and downs with my back, which is really frustrating. Sunday was my lowest-pain day in weeks and weeks, but after sitting at my desk all day Monday, yesterday wasn't so great. And I had horrible achilles pain on Monday night, though mostly only in my left achilles, so I guess the acupuncture on the right side did some good. <BR> <BR> The bad days are just really hard...it's difficult not to get depressed and feel like I'm not making any progress. And of course it... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:12:14 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863181 Super busy day at work today, but the good thing is, it's already after 3:30! <BR> <BR> Had my second acupuncture appt this morning. I have to say, I'm becoming a believer...yesterday was the lowest-pain day I've had in WEEKS, and this morning I actually felt good enough to take Bam-Bam for a walk! Been a while since I could do that. It's bothering me now, but I've been sitting too much today. :-p <BR> <BR> I have another appt scheduled for Thurs, and then I will have to evaluate...if... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:37:50 EST S-S-S-Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861617 Scale was slightly DOWN this morning, YAY! No idea why, I haven't exercised at all. Except for physical therapy exercises, but ab work isn't exactly calories burning. I'll take it though. Actually, I think part of it is that I'm taking full tramadol tablets now (I was taking half of one before), and it suppresses my appetite a bit. And of course I am trying to eat well. <BR> <BR> As for the acupuncture results...the bruises from the cupping are subsiding, and my hip is feeling better. ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:17:45 EST Teeth, Acupuncture, Cupping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861039 Ughhhhh...baby girl has been complaining about tooth pain in a couple of upper teeth, so I took her to the orthodontist this morning. Turns out, she has to have four teeth pulled! =:-0 <BR> <BR> The ortho had warned us about this - Kate is missing a bunch of permanent teeth (like me and my brother), and now her remaining baby teeth are "sinking" because there are no adult teeth behind them. So they all have to go, and then they'll put in "spacers" to keep the teeth on either side from c... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:20:51 EST Thurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860317 Thankfully I am feeling MUCH better today. The last couple days have been awful, particularly yesterday. I got down on the floor yesterday morning to try to do my exercises, and I couldn't do any of them, they all hurt. Then it took me a good 10 minutes to get back up off the floor, literally, because I couldn't find a way to do it that didn't cause me horrendous pain! It was just awful. And it just hurt so much all day, I don't know how I managed to get myself to work. But I seem to ha... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:33:24 EST