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/ Day 267: If You Need Exercise, Get a Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240650 I soooo wanted to take a rest day today....but when you have two dogs jumping up onto the bed the second the alarm goes off, rest ain't happening, LOL! So I sucked it up and took Scotty (my in-laws' dog) for a couple-mile walk. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> On the bedroom front...they started laying floor yesterday, WOOT!!!! We're loving how it all looks. We'd been a little unsure about whether the white trim would work with the whitewash-type floor, but it's turning out great. <B... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:20:27 EST Day 266: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240185 Crazy commute this morning...apparently they found a suspicious package at the high school (which backs up to my daughter's middle school) and evacuated. I guess they told the kids to go to the middle school or go home, so there were kids wandering all over the neighborhood. Maybe not the best evacuation plan?! That school has over 2,000 kids! And the road I take into work was just a mess, they must have shut down the road next to the high school. My usual 10-minute commute was closer to... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:52:09 EST Day 265: That Which Does Not Kill Us, Makes Us Stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239662 In a fairly crappy mood this morning. :-p Contractor got all the "smoothing" work done on the concrete yesterday (evening out the low spots, in preparation for putting the new laminate floor down), and was ready to lay it today and tomorrow. Which meant we'd be moving back into the bedroom this weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ec80806-15e7-4ceb-961b-b045f1bca079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But, as with all things construction related, we hit a big kink last night.... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:34:53 EST Day 264: Pizza Lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239079 Well, since I couldn't do weights this morning with our bedroom still torn up (more on that in a minute), I decided to go for a walk. Which may not have been the best decision...halfway through, I was really wishing I'd chosen a shorter route, LOL! My legs are definitely a bit tired. I've learned the hard way that I can run and bike back-to-back days, and I would certainly never try running back-to-back...usually I do a rest day or weights or yoga in between. Definitely feeling it today. ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:29:14 EST Day 263: I Think I Can, I Think I Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238498 Tackled Day 3 (which is supposed to be the last day) of Couch to 5K, Week 4. But I still had to split up that last 5-min run into three shorter ones, wah! I am doing pretty well with the first three runs, but that last one is just a killer. <BR> <BR> So I guess I'll have to repeat Week 4, sigh. Discouraging, but I'm trying not to beat myself up about it. Better to repeat than to give up, right? And I am actually running 16 minutes now, even if it's broken up...that's a lot of running fo... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:30:49 EST Day 262: Craving Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237936 I am soooo ready for sweater weather, but it's supposed to hit 100 here today, sigh. <BR> <BR> I've had a lovely lazy Sunday morning, I rarely get to indulge like this! Slept in all the way till 8:15, unheard of (I get up at 6am during the week to work out so my body generally wakes up early on the weekend too). Lazed in bed with breakfast and coffee and a book for quite a while, then got myself up to do some yoga. Felt great! Now we're about to settle in to watch the 49er game and I'm g... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:18:38 EST Day 261: C25K Week 4, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237338 Oh lordy, I'm tired, but right now I'm a happy tired because I tackled a C25K workout despite feeling like I really just couldn't do it today. How'd I do? Well, I didn't get it perfect, but I did get all 16 minutes in, even though I had to break up the last 5-min run into three runs, and up to that last 5-min run, I kept all the walks where they were supposed to be instead of letting them run long like last time. So, definite improvement. <BR> <BR> What have I learned? <BR> <BR> 1. I'm f... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:33:43 EST Day 260: TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237031 Man, this has been a frustrating day. I won't bore you with the details...suffice to say I've been trying to get online access to my dad's checking account, which I am already a signator on, and I've been completely unsuccessful. I get that banks want to protect your money, but geez, the security has gotten out of control!!! <BR> <BR> And yes, I could go into the bank with him and probably make this easier, but my brother and I want to start monitoring his finances and we'd like to kind of... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:41:58 EST Day 259: Tackling C25K, Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236307 Whew, my legs are TIRED! Today I tackled Week 4 of Couch to 5K. How'd I do? Well... <BR> <BR> Let's start with the workout. what it is. Week 3 is run 1.5 min, walk 1.5, run 3 min, walk 3, repeat. Well, Week 4 is a big step up - run 3 min, walk 1.5, run 5 min, walk 2.5, repeat. Not only are the runs longer, the walks are shorter, and the total running time is greater. So I've been feeling VERY intimidated about taking it on. Me, run 5 minutes??? And those short little walks? I real... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:21:49 EST Day 258: Docs and Vets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235770 Well, as it turns out, it was a darn good thing they sent Paul in for a colonoscopy and endoscopy - the doc found NINE polyps in his colon! I guess some polyps can turn cancerous if you leave them long enough, so it's a good thing he got this done now instead of the usual waiting for the 50th birthday (he just turned 48). <BR> <BR> So they took all those out. He also has a polyp in his esophagus, which I guess is quite unusual - doc said she's been doing this nine years and had never see... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:52:27 EST Day 257: Dining Challenges, Coming Right Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235157 Well, today is the big day - I'm taking Paul in for a colonscopy and endoscopy. He's had a lot of intestinal bugs - or something - over the past 9 months so he finally went to the doctor and has been going through lots of tests - blood test, ultrasound, CT scan last week, and now this. Mostly to rule out the bad stuff, like cancer, but obviously it would also be nice if they find some nice little problem that's easy to fix. They have said he has some very small gallstones, but they don't t... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:11:57 EST Day 256: Moving, Packing, Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234619 My coffee flavor today is chocolate raspberry and it smells HEAVENLY. Important to enjoy the little things. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Well, our bedroom is all cleared out and my back is doing okay, though not great. Waaaay too much packing and moving the past three days! More than my back could really handle. Thankfully when our contractor and his kid stopped by last night for a final walk through, we were able to sweet talk them into moving the bed. Whew. Here's the empty ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:37:27 EST Day 255: Getting Into Good Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234018 Ugh, you never realize just how much stuff you have, till you have to move it!!! <BR> <BR> We've been emptying out our bedroom in preparation for repainting/reflooring starting tomorrow. I peeked into our walk-in closet this morning, which I'd thought was empty...and realized that there was still a ton of hangers in there! So I had to grab a garbage bag and clear them all out. It's a constant process. <BR> <BR> And a little while ago, I got a big lower back spasm when I was walking acr... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 13:42:56 EST Day 254: I Finally Bit the Bullet and Guess What, It Felt Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233383 Just got back from a nearly-12-mile bike ride, so I'm mainlining water right now! I was debating whether to bike or C25K it, since I haven't had a chance to run since Wednesday, but I can only ride on the weekends now (too dark when I get up during the week), and we're about to move most of our bedroom into the garage so the bikes won't be accessible for a while. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> As for the bedroom...our contractor will start work on Monday! I'm really looking forwar... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:28:16 EST Day 252: About to Enter Home Improvement Hell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232349 So, we're about to redo our bedroom - the walls will go from a rosy tan to light blue, and we're having the carpet ripped out and replaced with a whitewash-looking laminate. We've got the paint color and the laminate picked out, and our contractor came by a couple weekends ago to measure everything out and go through it with us. He told us he'd get back to us with a start date. Last Friday, Paul pinged him and he promised he'd get us a date this week. <BR> <BR> Well, he called last night,... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 14:34:25 EST Day 251: Sticking It Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231735 Just read the latest installment of "Journey to 5K," which is a great blog by a total beginner who's doing Couch to 5K: <BR> <BR> <link>www.active.com/running/articles/the-<BR>journey-from-couch-to-5k-mastering-the<BR>-long-run?cmp=312&memberid=134052681&l<BR>yrisid=45895165 </link> <BR> <BR> It scares me a bit because she talks about how in the second half of C25K, you lose your "beloved walk breaks." I totally agree with her when she says the walk breaks are what make the running bea... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 13:07:51 EST Day 250: Starting to Believe in This Running Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231109 I have tried, in on-again, off-again stints, over the past four or five years, to run. I've tried Couch to 5K, I've tried my own thing. It seems like every time I start making any progress at all, either I get discouraged/bored and quit, or get sick, or life otherwise gets in the way. I think the best I ever got to was running 4 min, walking 4 min, for three or four sets. <BR> <BR> But this time, I am REALLY trying to make it work for real. I've been doing C25K, and while I haven't been ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:50:04 EST Day 249: 190?!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230560 Yes, I just entered the fabulously awful number of 190 into my weight tracker...pretty much my highest ever. It's a little hard to believe I can be gaining when I exercise almost every day. I mean, I'm not running marathons or anything, but geez, I am getting out and moving! <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Clearly, the eating side is the problem. I can push myself on the exercise side, but I just have such a struggle with willpower on the eating side. It's not like I eat horribly - ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 13:35:27 EST Day 247: Play Ball! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229569 Wow, I can't believe it's noon already! Amazing how fast the day slips away when I don't have a schedule. Plus, I got the luxury of sleeping in today, WOOT! The dog was nice enough to let us sleep till almost 7:30 before she rousted us. Paul took her out, then came back and put her on the bed and she settled right down and I passed right back out for another hour. I'm finally starting to feel human after that killer 16-hour work day on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I haven't been very pr... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 15:06:24 EST Day 246: A "New" Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229034 September always feels like New Year's to me...the kiddo starts a new school year, the Legislature (where I work) ends its legislative session, etc. So I'm thinking it's a good time to really get going on a good exercise-and-eating program. Even though my weight hasn't really changed, my pants/jeans have all been feeling REALLY tight lately, which is making me feel horribly fat. As I saw somewhere this morning, I think it was on Facebook, "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take" (Wayne ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 14:26:25 EST Day 244: C25K-ing It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227854 Well, the good news is that I got home from work by 7:30 last night, which is pretty unprecedented for the night before the last day of the legislative session. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The bad news is that Kate and Grammy went to the local bakery to get a "Boston Cream Pie" cake for Paul's bday, so I had a big slab of that for dessert. After wolfing down a rice bowl from Panda Express for dinner. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Even better, they picked up "donuts for b... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:27:50 EST Day 243: D-Day Minus 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227143 Today is going to be a LOOOONG day at work. The legislative session ends tomorrow, and the Senate isn't going in till 2pm today because of a funeral this morning that a lot of Senators and staff wanted to attend. So we're likely to be here till 9 or 10pm, easily. Since tomorrow is the last day, we'll be here till at least midnight. But then we're DONE till January, woo hoo! Four months of 9-5, getting out for lunch every day, and jeans. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Got a littl... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:06:23 EST Day 242: All About the Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226683 It may sound cliche, you may have heard it a million times but so much of this whole journey is about the planning. For example, I've been finding myself lately making daily forays after lunch into my coworker's office to raid his candy bowl. So finally this weekend I got smart and picked up some "mint fudge brownie" Fiber One bars at the grocery store to stash in my snack drawer. So today, when I got the post-lunch sweet craving, I headed to my drawer instead of the candy bowl! Yes, I sh... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:48:19 EST Day 241: Sunday Funday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225946 Got my Sunday off to a good start, with a 10-mile bike ride. It was a tough one - I took a route I haven't done for a while, and turned on the wrong street so instead of avoiding the hills, I had to take them on! It's funny, I grew up on a huge hill so I used to be super good at them, but now I live in a mostly flat area so hills are a killer. I actually had to walk up the last part of a particularly steep one, which really annoyed me. ;-) And I was feeling pretty pooped the rest of the r... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:16:30 EST Day 240: A death in our (animal) family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225547 Bit of a sad day in our house...one of Kate's guinea pigs, who just underwent surgery on Tuesday for a malignant tumor (ovarian cancer), died last night. Kate's doing okay - sad but not heartbroken. We knew the pig's days were numbered, since the tumor turned out to be huge and vet said he couldn't get it all because it had attached to the bladder...so this didn't come out of the blue, but we had hoped to have a little longer. Kate wants to go to SCPA etc. next weekend to look for a new bu... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:04:38 EST Day 239: Updating My Spark Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224904 Spending way too much work time playing on my Spark page, LOL! I've been accepting some friend requests lately, but haven't been seeing any new blogs pop up. Well, duh, it finally occurred to me today that adding someone as a sparkfriend doesn't automatically subscribe you to their blog! So I went through all my friends and did that. Then I did another run through and unfriended pretty much everyone who hasn't done a blog entry in 2016, on the assumption that they're not around anymore. <... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:43:24 EST Day 238: Tired Legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224457 Well, once again I managed to do running & biking on back to back days...you'd think I'd know better by now! My legs were tired from the get-go when I started pedaling, and after they were REALLY tired. Doing fine this afternoon though, seem to have recovered. Anyhow, I got about 6 miles in this morning. <BR> <BR> I also got a couple miles of walking in last night - after dinner we all walked over to the middle school to help make sure Kate knows the route, and to see how long it would ta... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:52:07 EST Day 237: Keeping My Head Above Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223855 Whew, never got a chance to blog yesterday, what a day! The main event was 7th grade orientation from 12-2 - totally blew a hole in my very busy work schedule, but what can you do. The worst part was, I didn't get back to the office till around 2:40, and only had time to wolf down a couple granola bars (thank goodness for my snack drawer stash!) and a diet coke before I had to run to a 3pm meeting. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, orientation was pretty good, and we got Kate's schedule so she was able to... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:43:19 EST Day 235: Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222572 I really liked today's Spark quote: "I am the problem, but I am also the "SOLUTION." So true...nobody else is going to do this get-fit-and-lose-weight thing for me...it's all on me! Much as I would like to assign the losing-weight part to someone else. ;-) <BR> <BR> I got a good 40-minute yoga workout in this morning...I really focused not only on going as deep into stretches as I could, but on keeping my inhales and exhales even (so easy to drop out of that). Did some ab work and I'm de... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:48:45 EST Day 234: Brandon's Blue and the Purple Fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222143 Since we have finally made decisions about paint color and flooring for our master bedroom redo, we finally got our contractor over here this morning to walk through it all. This isn't a fabulous pic, but the color we settled on is the first one on the left, "Brandon's Blue." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/204e73bb-ec1c-47a4-858d-e4794e745331.JPG"> <BR> <BR> And we're going with a laminate that basically looks like whitewash, for the flooring. I think it's goin... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:30:32 EST Day 233: Busy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221602 This turned out to be a lot busier day than I'd planned! I'm definitely ready to sit for a while. <BR> <BR> Originally I'd planned to go for a bike ride this morning,and do a ton of yardwork tomorrow morning. But after the running yesterday I decided I should give my legs a bit of a break, and then my hair appt got moved from 10am to noon. So I got an hour of yardwork in, lessen the load tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Then I got showered and dressed and hit the grocery store, and by the time I got ... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:47:11 EST Day 232: Trying Out C25K Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220940 Someone here mentioned Couch to 5K the other day and it got me thinking that I hadn't looked at that program for a long time. I've been starting to inch back into running, and I've been doing run 1 minute, walk 2. So I looked at C25K yesterday and it turns out that I'm right in line with it, so I decided what the heck, today I'm going to start it up again and see how it goes. Only, I had in my head that Week 1 was run 1-1/2, walk 2, so that's what I did....after I got home and looked it up... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:00:57 EST Day 231: Twilight Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220489 I'm just feeling like I'm in the twilight zone or something, it's been such a wacky day. A person that I've worked with very well for a couple years has blown up at a colleague and at me today...one was over something that none of us can figure out why she's upset about it, and the other is just totally not a big deal. It's like she's just gone around the bend. <BR> <BR> And I took Kate to the stylist for a followup after the whole re-purple issue on Saturday - he basically begged me to br... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:55:17 EST Couch to 5K revisit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219751 Okay, I hadn't looked at the actual Couch to 5k program for a bit, so I wanted to compare it to what I'm doing. Here's the program...note that each workout begins with a 5-minute walk (and obviously a cooldown walk), and these workouts are three days a week. <BR> <BR> Week 1: 1 min run, 1-1/2 min walk = 20 min total <BR> <BR> Week 2: 1-1/2 min run, 2 min walk = 20 min total <BR> <BR> Week 3: 1-1/2 min run, 1-1/2 min walk <BR> 3 min run, 3 min walk <BR> rep... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:09:10 EST Day 230: Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219680 Got out and did some running this morning...ran 1 minute, walked 2, and got 10 minutes in! I know, that probably doesn't sound impressive to most of you - 10 min of running out of about 45 min (2.8 miles total, no idea how much of that was running). But for me to do any running is an accomplishment! I actually really want to work on ramping it up. I tend to focus on running more in the winter, when it's too cold and/or dark to ride my bike in the mornings. Maybe if I can start getting so... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:06:37 EST Day 229: Olympic Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218996 We were watching more of the track and field stuff last night and oh man, those gorgeous athletes - male and female - make running look so pretty and easy, I just want to get out there and do it! But of course when I do it, I feel (and probably look) like a galumphing elephant. It is motivating though. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I had some extra time this morning - I'm going into work late so I can drop Kate at Day 2 of volleyball tryouts at 10 - so I took a long bike ride this m... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:31:13 EST Day 228: Things are Hopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218575 Whew, what a day it's been! Super busy at work...it's 3:30 and this is the first real break I'm taking. My brain hurts. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm also stressing because Kate went to volleyball tryouts today for her new middle school (school doesn't start till the 1st, but sports start earlier). Anyhow, Paul said when he dropped her off there were about 30 girls there...when I texted with her after she got home, she said according to the coach, only 10-12 girls will make the... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:40:09 EST Day 226: Another Saturday Flies By http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217424 Busy day today, but I started it off right - got my butt out the door for a walk and even got 7 minutes of running in (run 1 min, walk 2). Not much, but every little bit counts...hopefully. <BR> <BR> I'm doing well on exercise right now, today marks my 9th day in a row, woot! I'll probably break my streak tomorrow because I"m feeling pretty in need of a rest day, but stay tuned. ;-) <BR> <BR> Got Kate in to the salon today for purple, phase 2..unfortunately the roots didn't come out th... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 19:06:49 EST Day 225: Horse Camp, Girl Scouts, and oh yeah, Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216901 Woo hoo, it's Friday! Busy day at work, but that's okay, makes the day go by faster. <BR> <BR> I did take a bit of a long lunch, because today was "show" day at Kate's horse camp. The camp is run by one of the teachers at her school, she does a great job - she teaches them all about how to take care of (and clean up after) the horses, and they ride a lot of course, and then in the afternoon they play in the pool. Kate always comes home completely exhausted but she loves it, she just has s... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:42:05 EST Day 224: Purple Hair Education http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216316 Whew, this has been a busy day! Got into work a little early, then had a 9:30 meeting out of the office and I didn't end up getting back to my desk till after 11. Then a little after 11:30 Paul emailed me that he'd gotten pulled into a meeting and wouldn't be able to pick up Kate from Zoo Camp at noon (she's there for a one-day thing, back to horse camp tomorrow), so I had to scoot to go get her and deposit her at home. So I was feeling a little frazzled. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <B... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:47:57 EST Day 223: Short Workout Is Better Than No Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215573 Mornings this week have been a bit hectic, since we've had to get Kate out the door around 8am for horse camp. Paul and I are taking turns taking her and her friend Amelia in the morning, and then Amelia's parents are on pickup duty. It's meant I've had to abbreviate my workouts a bit, but better a short workout than none at all. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I did about a five-mile bike ride. All too soon, it will be too dark to ride in the morning, which will make... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:58:12 EST Day 222: Getting Out of Bed Is the Hardest Part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214930 It's getting light a little later now and that makes it that much harder to get up! It's very gray when the alarm goes off now (6am). I wanted to stay in bed but poor Bam-Bam was clamoring to get out (she's living in a pen right now while she recovers from knee surgery), and Paul didn't appear to be budging. So I hauled myself out, and took her out to the dog run. <BR> <BR> And you know what? As soon as I got a deep breath of that fresh cool morning air, I thought ooh, I want to go for... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:41:50 EST Day 221: Sore But a Good Sore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214424 Hoo boy, are my legs sore today! But I'm happy because that means that I really am ramping the exercise back up, right? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got a little running in, and today I did weights. I am totally feeling it. May have to think carefully about what workout I opt for tomorrow... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Workouts are going to be a little tight this week, as Kate is doing a camp this week that involves us getting her out of the house by 8am. B... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 15:53:51 EST Day 220: The Act of Kindness that Made My Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213842 Well, we decided to bail out of our friends' party in the Bay Area today...none of us could face a day in the car, which inevitably would be what would happen. We just always hit so much traffic whenever we head there. So instead of being in a car right now, I am home! <BR> <BR> We just painted three big swatches of blue on our bedroom wall to help us decide which one to go with. We both like the darkest one the best, though I'm a little nervous about doing all the walls that dark and h... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:51:29 EST Day 218: Tired, Tired, Tired but it's Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212743 Whew, am I beat. Between being up all night last Friday night with Kate being sick, getting some version of it myself by Saturday night, and being up half the night with Paul on Wednesday night because he had it...I am exhausted. Hopefully I can catch up on my sleep a bit this weekend and we can all be healthy! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I managed to drag myself out of bed this morning and get 2-mile walk in. Not much exercise this week, I've just been too tired. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have fun ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:02:28 EST Day 216: Time to Update the Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211659 Well, I'm not doing very well on daily blogging! Not that it's a requirement, but I feel like the more I'm on here, the better, in terms of healthy mindset, accountability, etc. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Household is still recovering/experiencing the bug. Kate seems to be fully recovered,but today Paul is down. I'm betting I'll have to go home early today to help take care of him. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I went for a walk yesterday and was surprised how fast I gass... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 15:19:33 EST Day 214: The Dreaded Stomach Bug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210474 Monday, Monday. Well, we had a bunch of plans this weekend, but they all went out the window when Kate started throwing up at 2am Saturday morning! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Poor baby, she was soooo sick - threw up about every 25-30 minutes, like clockwork, till around 9am. Then it slowed down, but she wasn't totally free and clear till about 1 or 2pm..then she basically just slept until Sunday. She's doing much better now, though she wasn't up to going to volleyball camp this ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 15:58:40 EST Day 211: Do the Thing That Scares You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208837 Where do I begin? I haven't been on this site all week, because reception was so spotty where we were staying. Yes, I took another vacation....I have two excuses - one, the legislative summer recess (my husband and I both work for the state legislature) only overlaps with school recess by four weeks, and two, he and I were both about to hit our vacation caps at work. (Sign of getting old). And hey, we wanted time off, LOL! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we headed down to Monterey (actually Moss Landi... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:26:55 EST Day 204: Keep On Keepin' On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204888 Whew, it's been a busy week and unfortunately I don't get to go home and crash tonight, because we're heading to the State Fair! We looooove the Fair though, it'll be fun, though a lot of time on the feet. Gotta counteract all that fried food, get that walking in. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Hair appt last night - I've been so sick of the mop, I told her cut it all off, LOL! She didn't, of course, but she took off a lot of length and a ton of bulk. I won't know what it REALLY... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:46:33 EST Day 203: It's Not All or Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204325 Lordy, what a morning. Overslept by about 20 minutes, which really annoyed me because this was one of the few mornings this week I was actually going to have time for a workout! But Paul pointed out that I could still do a shorter one and I realized he was right, it's not all or nothing. So I got a quick walk in (1.7 miles), which felt good, even if it wasn't as long as I would have liked. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, it was just a busy morning - I didn't get to the laundry or kitchen last night b... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:19:01 EST