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 23: Well, I Just Did It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455025 Yesterday I decided that today I really need to just do it - so today, I did! Finally got back to running. I kept it simple, run 2 min/walk 2 min, and aimed for 10 min of running since I hadn't run in about a month. And I managed 14 minutes of running, woot! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I actually felt like I could do more, but my knee was starting to tweak so I figured I'd better play it safe. Felt good to get back to running though. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> I was... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:08:50 EST Day 22: Need to JUST DO IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454636 Rolled over and went back to sleep today because it was raining. I should have gotten up and gone anyhow, because my arthritis has really been kicking up lately, but I just couldn't face it. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I have GOT to get back to a real workout schedule! My January workouts have not been very impressive, between sickness, rain, etc. Most of my workouts have been walks. I got one day of biking and one day of yoga in the first two weeks, but no biking this past week.... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:46:09 EST Day 21: Clear and COLD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454243 I had hoped to get a bike ride in this morning, but when I got up at 8am it was still only 35! Amazing how much the temp drops when we lose the tulle fog. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But I was hurting all over despite spending some time in the jacuzzi last night - my arthritis is NOT happy with this weather - and Bam-Bam was raring to go. So I bundled up and off we went - got a good three miles in. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I didn't have time... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:57:02 EST Day 19: Trials and Tribulations, Oh My http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453504 Last night Jamie and Paul decided right after I walked in the door that they really wanted pizza, so I said fine, call it in and I'll go get it since I hadn't changed into comfy clothes yet. Well, it turned out it was fundraiser night at this pizza place for one of the local elementary schools, and it was a ZOO. They were completely overwhelmed, couldn't handle the crowd at all! I went and stood in the "phone-in" line for 5 minutes, till someone told me they weren't doing that tonight, eve... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:14:01 EST 2018, Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453054 I'm a little sad because today would have been my mom's 81st birthday...hard to believe she's been gone almost four years. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> On the plus side, I seem to be back on track, healthwise. No issues yesterday, and I had a pretty normal dinner and didn't have any problems. Whew! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We saw Scott Kelly last night - he and his twin brother are both former astronauts. He was pretty good - had a lot of canned one-liners, which got... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:29:15 EST 2018, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452683 Well, I think I'm really on the mend now- haven't had an attack since yesterday afternoon. Doc said to just stick with "bland, starchy" foods for a couple days and everything should settle down. She was a bit puzzled by my symptoms - weird that I haven't had any fever or nausea, just the intestinal issues. She's going to have me do a test in the next couple days just to make sure it's not a bacterial infection (which can be treated with antibiotics), but she thinks it's probably just a bug... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:20:05 EST 2018, Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452361 Thankfully I seem to finally be on the road to recovery. Yesterday was rough, I was having stomach cramps and diarhea all day long, though I basically felt fine otherwise. But I haven't had an attack since about 1:30am today, thank goodness. I felt super weak and no appetite when I got up this morning, so I choked down a piece of toast and went back to bed for a couple hours. When I got up I felt much better - I've been eating since then and my tummy is basically okay, just the occasional... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:09:56 EST 2018, Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451870 Argh, this bug just does not want to go away! I seem to have my energy back - I went for an 8-mile bike ride AND raked the front yard yesterday - but now the (sorry, TMI) diahrea is back. I had a bad attack yesterday afternoon, three in the first hour I was up this morning, and two more after breakfast. What the heck. I just took some immodium, hopefully that'll help calm things down. Weird because I feel fine otherwise...just need my innards to stop roiling. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:28:31 EST 2018, Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451073 Got Bam-Bam out for a 3-mile walk around the park this morning...major tulle fog. For those not familiar, it's a very damp fog that goes all the way down to the ground - literally, I came home with my hair all damp! It's kind of cool during daylight, but creepy at night and definitely not fun to drive in. We get it pretty bad in my neighborhood with the park and all the lawns - lots of wet grass. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> It's that gray time of year - yesterday there was still... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:39:19 EST 2018, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450668 Woo hoo, it's Friday with a 3-dayer ahead! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I was feeling a lot better by the end of the day yesterday, but I decided to play it safe and skip the big party last night. I'm so glad I did, because when the alarm went off this morning I was so tired I barely got out of bed! I don't know how I would have made it if I'd partied. Clearly I'm still fighting this thing. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> My coworkers are all looking a bit the worse for wea... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:18:39 EST 2018, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450274 I FINALLY got some exercise today, woot! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better today, though not 100%...I'm back at work but I'm going to skip the big party I was going to attend tonight (big annual political fundraiser). This was actually going to be the first year I finally checked it out, but I just really want to take care of myself...so many people I know have gone for the count for a good couple weeks! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I got the dog ou... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:55:30 EST 2018, Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449845 I'm feeling pretty crappy so I'm staying home to rest today. I'm not completely down for the count, but I don't have anything urgent going on at work today so why push it. Hopefully I'll feel better after a day of rest. Though I can't go back to bed yet, because while I was taking Jamie to school, Paul "helpfully" threw his comforter into the washer. Sigh...the washer is not exactly quiet, and it's about 10 feet from our bedroom, so no going back to bed for me for a while. <BR> <BR> <e... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:31:04 EST 2018, Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449516 Definitely fighting a bug, ughhhhh....my tummy has not been happy the past day or two, especially today. Crossing fingers and toes that it doesn't get worse! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Frustrating that the rain has finally hit, because I usually find that if I keep up the exercise when I feel something coming on, I can either stave it off or stave off the worst of it. But yesterday I skipped due to rain...today, even though I was determined to get up and go even if it was raining... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 16:16:29 EST 2018, Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449008 A quickie today because I have a busy day at work. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I felt pretty tired and crapped out all day yesterday, not sure what was going on. And this morning, when the alarm went off and we could hear the rain pouring down, I rolled over and went right back to sleep for an hour. Maybe I'm fighting that nasty flu that's going around? Crossing fingers and toes that I avoid it!!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> We tried a new Cooking Light recipe last n... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 13:22:58 EST 2018, Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448505 I'm going to try to keep this short because my back is really starting to act up again, dagnabit. Sitting is just a killer for me! <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I made myself get out and do some running this morning....I REALLY didn't want to, but I looked at the forecast and it's supposed to start raining tonight for a couple days. Not that I can't go out in the rain - I did it a lot last winter when it seemed like we got rain constantly - but I'd rather avoid it if I can. ... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 12:57:26 EST 2018, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447758 Oops, missed blogging yesterday - it turned out to be a crazy day at work, plus I had to leave for a couple hours for a doc appt (more on that in a minute). I haven't worked out in a couple days, between my messed-up back and the rain, ughhh. (Not ugh on the rain, we're very happy about that!). Hopefully I can get a couple good workouts in this weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So, yesterday was our appt with the "adolescent gender specialist." Who knew there was such a thing... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 16:30:03 EST 2018, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446731 Ugh, my back is still majorly acting up. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I had originally planned to try running today, but there was no way my back was going to handle that. But moving basically always helps, and I'm trying to get back in the habit of daily workouts, so I decided to go for a walk. Unfortunately it didn't help loosen me up like I'd hoped, but at least I got a couple miles in. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> And yes, I did my exercises last night! Though I cou... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:32:47 EST 2018, Day 2: Back to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446256 Yep, I'm finally back at work today - so weird, I haven't been at my desk since Dec. 15th! Feels like I've been off for months. Which is kind of nice. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The really nice thing is that we have a day to ease back in, since the Members (state legislators) aren't back till tomorrow for the official beginning of the 2018 legislative session. So I'm still in jeans today, but tomorrow it's back to heels! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've managed to scr... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 15:32:01 EST 2018, Day 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445620 Happy New Year, everybody! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> I started off 2018 with a 10.2-mile bike ride. Pretty morning on the river! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a3b1679-32f9-4e1e-bdf0-1a701d7edd47.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know some people say that a morning workout is impossible, and obviously you've gotta do what works for you, but I have to tell you, it is so nice to have that feeling of accomplishment to start off the day. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 13:54:57 EST Day 365!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445139 Holy cow, it's the last day of 2017! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> No celebrations for us, we really don't do anything for New Year's Eve. Though Paul's boss gave him a REALLY nice bottle of Prosecco for Christmas, so we may be breaking into that. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I tackled running and the Garmin this morning. I'm still figuring out the Garmin - I had a nice interval workout all set up on it, complete with a five... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:43:14 EST New Year's Eve Eve... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444801 We saw the new Star Wars movie last night and it was great! No spoilers...all I will say is that I really felt the history in this one, maybe because Carrie Fisher died last year. But it was kind of amazing sitting there and watching Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as Luke and Leia and thinking man, I've been watching them do this for 30 years! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow....I took the dog for a long (3.1-mile) walk this morning. I set my new Garmin on "walk" and now wheneve... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 19:16:22 EST Day 364, Part Two: The Quote Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444468 Okay, I'm still mulling over how best to do this, but I've been collecting quotes that speak to me and I'm thinking that keeping these in front of me may be a lot more effective than making New Year's resolutions....keep me focused on what is important, big-picture wise. Here are the ones I've got so far, there may be more. <BR> <BR> First, the one big thing I learned when I did a few months of therapy, years ago...you can't control what happens to you, but you CAN control how you respond t... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:27:49 EST Day 363: Vacation Winding Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444464 Sadly, I only have a few days left of this lovely long time off...I'm getting so spoiled! Though I am trying to start getting serious about getting stuff done, because I don't want to be kicking myself on Jan. 2 about frittering away the entire break. Not that I haven't gotten some nice down time, which is important too. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, no workout today, I was just too sore. Tomorrow - seriously! - I am really, really, really going to get serious about getting... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:43:10 EST Day 362: Time to Get Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444085 Where does the day go?! I swear, I can't believe how fast my time off work is flying by. I mean, it's already almost noon on Thursday, yikes! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Not that I haven't done anything....I slept in till 8, which was heavenly (and somewhat necessary, since we killed an entire bottle of wine last night at dinner), but then I hopped on my bike and did a nearly-9-mile ride. Hadn't been on my bike in nearly two months, so it was hard work! It's just been so cold...... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:00:40 EST Day almost-361: a light bulb moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443921 I just had a light bulb moment and I’m going to jot it down here so I don’t forget it! I’ve been mulling over possible New Years resolutions the past couple weeks...there are certainly things I’d like to work on about myself and New Years is as good a time as any for a refresher. But it hit me tonight all at once that occasionally I come across quotes that resonate with me and really make me think, and really remind me what’s important. And it occurred to me that maybe instead of trying to... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 01:56:30 EST Day 360: The Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443486 Well it's the day after Christmas and life goes back to normal. Nah, not really...Paul and I don't go back to work till next Tuesday, and the kid is off school. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Christmas was good - the Christmas Eve party was fun, and we had a nice quiet day yesterday, just the three of us. Jamie was a pill most of the day, which kind of sucked, but managed an attitude adjustment by dinnertime thankfully. After dinner we went to the movies - we couldn't get the kid... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:28:37 EST Day 357: Christmas Eve Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442735 Taking it a little easier today - decided to skip walking the dog or doing any kind of workout. I'd actually really like to do some yoga, but since my one-week-post-op restrictions include no bending over, that kind of rules out yoga! <BR> <BR> <em>415</em> <BR> <BR> We got the grocery shopping done this morning, and picked up a yummy big deli sandwich for lunch (don't worry, we split it!). This afternoon, it's time to do some cooking and baking...I always bring my mom's Grasshopper P... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 16:20:22 EST Day 356: BRRRRRR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442454 Dang, I cannot believe how fast this week has flown by! Why can't days go by this fast when I'm working? <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> It was 35 when we woke up this morning, so I opted to wait on the walk. By 8:45 it had risen to a *balmy* 38 - thankfully, without yesterday's wind - and the dog was seriously antsy, so I braved it. Not too bad...it's just so nice to be able to wait till the sun is up, rather than going out in the pitch black at 6am! Though that'll be changing now... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:11:06 EST Day 355: Thursday Already?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442146 Only one more day of an alarm, till January 2nd! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Got up and went for a walk this morning...not a power walk or anything, still trying to take it a little easy as I recuperate, but it felt good to get out and move. Though it was FREEZING - 36 degrees and breezy! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> I definitely pushed it a bit yesterday with all the shopping - I got 6000 steps in by noon yesterday! Spent the afternoon crashed out on my bed watching tv... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:10:43 EST Day 354: Recuperating...and Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441937 Got my Christmas shopping done today! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Got to the mall right after they opened at 9am and boy, I'm glad I did. By the time I left, around 11, there was a huge stream of cars coming in. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I hit the mall, Cost Plus, and Target, and then dropped my dad's laptop back off to him (we fixed it all up last night - ran updates, etc.). Home around 12:30, exhausted. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am technically recuper... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:29:44 EST Day 353: This Year is Winding Down Fast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441587 Wow, gang, there are only 12 days left in 2017! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I'm on Day 2 of my two weeks off work (yay!). Had my second cataract surgery yesterday and it went fine. They doped me up a little more this time...it's funny, the anesthetist told me people usually remember the second one better, but I remember a lot about the first one and almost nothing about yesterday's! I remember being wheeled into the operating room, and I remember the doc saying "okay, we're done,... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:00:34 EST Day 351: Cataract Surgery #2 is Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441367 Just a quickie to let you know I made it thru #2. They doped me up a bit more this time but otherwise it was basically the same drill as last time, pretty easy. Other than having to be there at 6am!!!! Anyhow, taking it easy today - watched Nightmare Before Xmas, one of my faves, took a nap, ate lunch, now I’m going to crash out and watch some HGTV for awhile till the kid gets home from school. Happy Monday! Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:59:57 EST Day 350: My Niners Are Winning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441128 Well, I have definitely gotten my activity in today, whew! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> This morning, I took Bam-Bam all the way around the park (3.1 miles). Then after breakfast, Paul and I tackled the massive leaf fall from yesterday's wind...since the city didn't pick up either our pile or our can last week, we are just drowning! Took a good hour of me with the rake and Paul with the blower, to get it all cleaned up and into two big piles. I made them nice and high to discoura... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:03:35 EST Day 350: A Different Christmas This Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440865 Skipped the workout today...just couldn't face that awful wind out there! It's been pretty nasty all day, huge gusts and lots of swirling wind. Not good in terms of the California wildfires (which thankfully are nowhere near me). <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Paul and I always sit down on Saturday morning to plan out the menu and grocery list for the week...took quite a while this morning because we had to think through what's left to do before Christmas! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> ... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:49:49 EST Day 349: Sports Watch Recos, Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440558 As y'all know, I had cataract surgery on my left eye a couple weeks ago, and surgery #2 will be on Monday. So now I see beautifully, distance-wise, and I picked up some readers at the drugstore so I can read my phone. But lo and behold, the computer is right in between! So I'll definitely have to get some computer glasses when this is all done. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But the other problem I'm finding is that I can barely read my watch to time my runs/walks for my C25K worko... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:38:59 EST Day 347: Too Old for Rock and Roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439966 Well, Paul and I went to see Big Head Todd and the Monsters last night, which we were pretty excited about. But stupid us, we believed the ticket, which said the show was at 6:30. So we grabbed a quick dinner after work, and showed up at the theater (small theater, like 1000 seats) at about 6:10...and the doors weren't open yet. So we asked at the box office, and they said,, "oh, the show isn't till 7:30, the doors open at 6:30. Grrrrrr. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> So we went an... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:13:53 EST Day 346: Last High School Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439699 Did our last high school visit this morning! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Lordy, this has been a process. Long story short, the only high school we're guaranteed to get into is our home high school, which is within walking distance of our house so super convenient. However, it's 2,300 kids, and with Jamie's anxiety I just don't see it working...in fact, we went to the info night and had to leave after 15 minutes because Jamie was going into a full panic attack just being crammed i... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:03:13 EST Day 345: Ready to Rest at My Desk, LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439351 Never got a chance to jump on the computer yesterday! Another fairly busy day, though I did get some football watching in. My Niners won for the second week in a row, WOOT! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Got a lot of activity in yesterday morning...took Bam-Bam for a walk all the way around the park (just over 3 miles), and then after breakfast I raked the front yard. I was BEAT after that. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> In the afternoon, we did a little cookie party. Jami... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:31:19 EST Day 343: Super Busy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438863 Lordy, I am tired, dudes! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It has been a very busy day. Didn't get a workout in because I had to get Jamie out the door early - one of the high schools we're applying to requires kids to take a "mock PSAT" as part of the application process. I think it's their way of trying to weed down the applicant pool, since they're oversubscribed - they said the scores won't count. Kind of a pain, but a lot of Jamie's friends are applying to this school (public, b... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 18:42:36 EST Day 342: Back on the Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438565 Got myself back out running this morning! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It had been about a month, so I eased back in. I frankly couldn't remember the C25K workouts - wouldn't you think I'd have them memorized, for how many years I've been doing C25K, on and off? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So I ended up running 1-1/2 minutes, walking 2, which turned out to be Week 2. I probably could have done more, since my runs ended up being more like 1:45 by the time I looked at my w... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:23:09 EST Day 341: Looking Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438335 Had my one-week (well, one week plus one day) follow-up with the opthalmologist today and he's very happy with how everything is looking. So I am cleared to exercise fully again, woot! I've been walking, but no running or biking - or yoga since I haven't been allowed to bend over...they don't want you doing anything that might cause the blood to rush to your head because I guess that can mess with the pressure of your eye. Anyhow, I'm still not allowed to wear eye makeup, boo - risk of inf... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 18:21:12 EST Day 340: Plugging Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438016 Didn't sleep well last night, and when the alarm went off this morning I looked over at our temperature gauge and the "freeze warning" light was blinking, so I rolled over and went back to sleep for an hour! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Paul wanted to watch the Gonzaga game last night - he's a big college basketball fan - so I finished putting out the Christmas decorations (I got the tree done over the weekend). So all that's left is getting the outside lights up, which probably wo... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 16:17:14 EST Day 339: When Life Happens... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437710 So, I guess I'll get the bad news out of the way first. I did NOT get my turkey and pumpkin pie fix on Sunday after all. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Kind of the classic "worst Thanksgiving ever" kind of story...my mother-in-law called Jamie "Kate" several times right off the bat, which got Jamie stressed and pissed enough to lock himself in the bathroom...and that set Sharon off. Paul and I ended up getting in a big fight with her - she just hates the whole situation, which I get,... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 15:18:48 EST Day 337: T-Day and Xmas, Not Necessarily in that Order! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437041 I got myself out for a good walk on Friday morning (almost 3 miles) - felt good to finally move again! I realized it had been a full week since I'd actually done anything, between traveling and jet lag and the cataract surgery. Can't remember the last time I went that long without exercise! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't get myself moving yesterday, though between Costco and other errands I got 7,000+ steps in, so that counts for something, right? Got another 2.9 miles in ... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 12:37:53 EST Day 334: Good Report from the Doc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436214 Got a great report from the opthamologist (god I hate trying to spell that word!) this morning! He said everything looks great, he's really happy. And I can see 20-20 (distance wise) out of that eye! It was so cool to be out driving and actually be able to read street signs again, I can't believe how much better my vision is. Close-up is horrible, but I picked up a cheap pair of readers at Rite Aid and that is helping a lot. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> No heavy lifting or bendin... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:04:43 EST Day 333: One Eye Down, One to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435871 This is going to be a quickie because I can't read very well right now and I'm not supposed to be straining myself. Had the first cataract surgery this morning (left eye). One down, one to go! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Thankfully, it was a lot easier than I'd expected. The prep took forever, and I had to answer the same questions over and over from various nurses and all, but the actual procedure itself was only maybe 20 minutes. Really not scary - the doc was great about kee... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:14:36 EST Day 331: Back from Spain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435239 Hi everybody! We just got back home last night around 8pm (local time - something like 5am Spanish time), and I had to come to work today and we had to get the kid off to school this morning, so I'm feeling a bit frazzled! Fortunately Paul was able to take the day off, so he's handling laundry and grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I managed to stay up till nearly 10pm, then crashed hard till around 3am, when I was wide awake. Dozed on and off after that till around 6... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:02:52 EST Reporting from Córdoba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434263 Ok I just wrote almost an entire post and then o got a notification about someone posting to the community feed and it wiped out my post! Argh! So I’m going to make this short. We got to Barcelona on Fri afternoon, spent a few days there, then took the train down to Córdoba on Tuesday. Today is basically our last day of vacation - tomorrow we’ve got the train ride back to Barcelona (4-1/2 hrs), then sun we fly home. It’s been a great trip, I’ll post pics when I get back! Here’s my step ... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:13:05 EST Reporting from Barcelona: getting my steps in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432563 Just a quickie - we got into Barcelona around 4pm local time yesterday. This morning we all headed to Parc Güell, which was AMAZING - I’ll have to post pics when I get home! Lots of amazing Gaudi architecture. We took a cab there but walked back. Between that and walking all over the park I was already over 9,000 steps when we got back to the apartment! Then after a break, Paul and I headed back out (we let Jamie crash for the afternoon) and did a bunch more walking, including walking thr... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:42:31 EST Day 319: Barcelona-Bound Tomorrow!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431682 I can't believe it's finally almost here! Tomorrow at 7:35pm PST, we will officially be on our way to Barcelona!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Today is my last day at work till the 27th. We're aiming to leave town by 2pm tomorrow. We'll have the morning to pack and get last-minute stuff done, then Jamie gets out of school at 1 (Thursdays are short days). Without traffic, it's probably an hour and a half to Oakland... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:21:34 EST