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 84: Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338789 I saw a FB meme the other day that said, "when you're young and you fall down, everyone laughs..you know you're old when you fall down and everyone freaks out." Ain't that the truth! I am definitely feeling my Bam-Bam-induced tumble yesterday - my arm is sore and my hip hurts. Nothing serious, just enough to bother me and make me feel old. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I opted out of a bike ride this morning because of my arm - I figured if driving was bothering me yesterday, gripp... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:49:55 EST Day 83: Aaaaaand We're Back "Up" Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338405 Well, once again, the roller coaster has taken us back up. Whew! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Yep, Kate was great yesterday evening - in a good mood and chatty. So I don't know if the disruptions in routine the prior two nights messed her up, or if she's just going to have good and bad days. But for now, I'm just thankful. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> When the alarm went off this morning, I woke up, heard the rain, and went back to sleep. Oy, I've been terrible this week... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:29:22 EST Day 82: Ready to Get Off the Roller Coaster Now Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337896 Well, the emotional roller coaster that seems to be my life right now, continues. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The good news is, Bam-Bam the Wonder Mutt has amazing rebound powers - when we got home last night, she was fine! Couldn't believe it was the same dog! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3193c23a-3aff-4a13-a6a7-35dc719718ce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank goodness. Though of course the hard part now will be keeping her calm and low-activity till those stitc... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:13:12 EST Day 81: She is Strong, but She is Exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337450 The blog title comes from a meme posted by several friends on FB the other day...really speaks to me right now! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I am feeling MUCH better about how things are going with Kate...she is on track to return to school on Monday, and she's actually using the app the psychiatrist recommended (Virtual HopeBox, if anyone is interested). We haven't pushed counseling yet, but we are nudging her to check out the websites of the places the pscyhi... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:09:54 EST Day 79: Turning a Corner I Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335845 Feeling pretty good today. I ate like crap all weekend - the joys of spending a weekend at Paul's parents' house, sigh - but I hauled myself out of bed this morning and did some running. Not a lot, just 10 minutes total, but that was definitely more than I thought I could do when I started. Usually the case...I can almost always do more than I think I can, particularly when it comes to running. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Kate and I had a good chat about school on the way home f... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:38:25 EST Day 77: I'm Late, I'm Late, I'm Late! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334855 I'll try to make this quick because I'm running super late - it's March Madness weekend at Paul's parents' - he headed up there yesterday afternoon (it's almost an hour from here) - and Kate and I were supposed to be there by lunchtime today. (It's almost noon now). But I stupidly decided not to set the alarm, and I didn't wake up till 7:45! Then it turned out to be opening day for little league, and I always watch the parade when it comes down my street, so much fun. <BR> <BR> <em>33... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:47:22 EST Day 76: Erin Go Bragh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334482 Yep, you guessed it - with a name like Erin, of COURSE I'm Irish! <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>439</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> Tough week but it's getting better. We finally got the dreaded psychiatrist appointment done this morning and I think it's a big load off for all three of us. And it went really well, yay! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Not only did we not have any trouble getting her there, but she actually opened up to him pretty well. We all rea... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:34:24 EST Day 74: Checking Back In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333529 Haven't blogged in a couple days...it's been a rough week. Work has been frustrating, but one really annoying thing got resolved this morning, and more or less in my favor, so that was good. Nothing earth-shattering, just a battle with a real jerk lobbyist who tried in numerous ways to go over my head because he didn't like my answer. Grrrr. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Can I just say that I HATE daylight savings time? Ughhhh. I keep waking up super early and having trouble fall... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:36:25 EST Day 74: Checking Back In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333528 Haven't blogged in a couple days...it's been a rough week. Work has been frustrating, but one really annoying thing got resolved this morning, and more or less in my favor, so that was good. Nothing earth-shattering, just a battle with a real jerk lobbyist who tried in numerous ways to go over my head because he didn't like my answer. Grrrr. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Can I just say that I HATE daylight savings time? Ughhhh. I keep waking up super early and having trouble fall... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:36:04 EST Day 72: Spring is Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332369 Never got a chance to blog yesterday. It was absolutely gorgeous!! I wasn't feeling great yesterday morning, cold was really kicking my butt, but I just couldn't stand to stay inside on such a beautiful day and all the clover and crabgrass in the backyard was haunting me. So I got out there and weeded for a good couple hours. So nice to get some sunshine and fresh air! Here's Bam-Bam standing among all the clover, it was just going crazy: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:52:52 EST Day 70: Beautiful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331452 It is just a GORGEOUS day! I've got the entire house open. Well, almost the entire house...Kate of course closed up her windows at the first opportunity. "Too cold!" Well yes, if you're just going to lay on your bed and play video games, it is a little cooler...if you want to help me around the house, you can get a little active and warm up. Needless to say, she turned me down, LOL! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Kate spent the morning at the salon, getting her hair transformed fr... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:03:38 EST Day 69: Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330962 So, last night I was feeling fairly sorry for myself...my nose had been running nonstop all day, I was feeling pretty crappy, and I knew I needed to go to work today because it's just so busy right now. I was scrolling through my FB feed before I went to sleep, and then I saw it...a post by a dear friend who was spending a final precious few hours with his dad, who has been in hospice for a couple weeks and wasn't expected to make it through the night. <BR> <BR> Whoa. Talk about putting th... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:56:14 EST Day 68: Coming Down with the Crud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330369 Well, I've managed to avoid it so far, despite coworkers getting hit, but I've got a major runny nose and congestion today despite having taken Claritin all week, and I'm incredibly tired. So I think it's gotten me, ughhhhhh. Hopefully I can keep it down to just a cold, and not the full-blown ick. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I had sort of planned to do yoga this morning, but Paul's heel is still really bugging him - he wore new dress shoes the other day and got a really bad bliste... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:14:49 EST Day 67: The Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329863 Tough week. Work has just been nuts - it's not supposed to be this busy in March! Too much going on. And our hearing yesterday went ridiculously long, I didn't get home till almost 7:30pm. I'm trying really hard not to have a bad attitude, but it's tough - fall was much much busier than usual for us, and things are crazy now. Me and my coworkers are feeling pretty burned out. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Between being stressed at work - I'm getting tired of eating lunch at my de... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:36:06 EST Day 65: Sleep 1, Workout 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328823 Had a rather tiring evening, spending a couple hours helping Kate with math homework. That's been the biggest adjustment on this independent study thing, having to help her with homework! Because in general she rarely needs help. But of course she's not getting classroom instruction right now, plus they're having her work out of a different textbook and Paul and I are NOT impressed with it...a few of the problems, none of us could even figure out what they were asking for! And they were d... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:27:46 EST Day 64: This Productivity Thing Is Tiring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328298 Whew, it's been a busy day! I was feeling pretty energetic this morning, but that's all spent now! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see, I'll start with yesterday....I met up with my best friend at the Vacaville outlets, which is always fun. The outlets just happen to be located halfway in between us, so it's a great place to meet up. We used to spend more time shopping than talking, but the older we get, the more time we spend at our first stop (Starbucks) and at lunch. Alway... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 18:03:37 EST Day 62: TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327333 Oh man, was it hard to get out of bed this morning! We were both soooo tired, neither of us moved for like five minutes after the alarm went off. But fortunately, Paul finally hauled himself out of bed and started getting ready to take Bam-Bam for a walk. So I decided okay, I need to get moving too! We've got another wave of rain coming in tonight, so I figured I'd better get out for a good walk while it's still dry. <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> And I was rewarded! We don't get... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 17:05:21 EST Day 61: Wait, What? 61 Already?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323999 Geez, people, we're 61 days into 2017 already! And it's MARCH! How'd that happen? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I was tired this morning but I got my butt out there and did some running. First time I've gotten 2 days of running in one week, since the beginning of January, yikes! I really need to get back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I just did run 2, walk 2, aimed for 10 min of running and managed 12. So I guess that's something. <BR> <BR> <em>2... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 14:06:48 EST Day 60: Trying to Keep My Head Above Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323579 Lordy, I'm tired, I have been going nonstop at work all day! Just crazy, to be busy this early - usually things don't seriously pick up for us till mid- to late-March. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> And I have Italian class tonight, which I'm not really looking forward to because I'm just beat. But next week is the last class, and it sounds like it'll just be a party so we may blow it off...which means tonight is really the last class. It's been a great class, we really like the t... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 19:23:48 EST Day 59: Getting Sunshine Any Way I Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322997 Busy day today, though I did get some sunshine when we had an emergency evacuation drill, LOL! We were all laughing about how we didn't really care about the line to get back into the building (they made us all go through security, oy) because it was nice to bask a little bit! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> We had to have a little chat with Kate last night because not only did she snack her way through the day yesterday (it is SUCH a struggle to get her to eat actual meals!), but she ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:38:51 EST Day 58: Filling in the Gaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322405 I track my daily workouts in a Google doc, and I group them by the week. For example, here's last week: <BR> <BR> -Mon. 2/20 - 35 min yoga <BR> -Tue. 2/21 - weights (raining) <BR> -Wed 2/22 - 2.87 mile power walk <BR> -Thurs 2/23 - 1.9 mile walk with Bam-Bam <BR> -Fri 2/24 - REST DAY <BR> -Sat 2/25 - 11.85 mile bike ride <BR> -Sun 2/26 - 2.6 miles w/BB <BR> <BR> Looking over them yesterday, I realized that I have an easy reference to see how much I'm doing of different types of workouts..... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:52:15 EST Day 57: 185.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321838 Yep, 185, that seems to be the number my body likes. I don't love it and I want to make it smaller, but dang, it just seems to get harder, the older I get. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, you guessed it - weight. That's what I weighed on Thanksgiving morning, and I resolved to see that same number on the scale on New Year's morning. I had some fluctuations over the holidays, but I did it - same weight on Jan. 1st. I was pretty proud of myself. <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> <BR> ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:42:11 EST Day 56: Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321524 Internet cookies are such a funny thing...I sent my sparkfriend Fredie a link to doggie pens, and now when I log into sparkpeople, it gives me a bunch of doggie pen ads! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Lazed in bed for a while this morning - soooo nice when I can do that on the weekend, as opposed to jumping out of bed at 6am to exercise during the week! By the time I got through breakfast and coffee it had warmed up enough to go for a bike ride. Beautiful morning! The river level... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:46:26 EST Day 55: Finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320985 I've been resisting the wine all week because I realized that I went home and had a glass or two every night last week. =:-0 Not good from a calorie perspective or anything else. But last night I indulged and had a couple biiig glasses. Lordy, my mouth was SO dry when I woke up this morning, LOL! Brutal. I feel like I've been drinking water as fast as I can all day, trying to rehydrate. <BR> <BR> No workout today...had to get out of the house on the early side to go meet with the Indep... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:52:32 EST Day 54: Uncharted Territory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319974 So, another terrible morning...so we asked Kate if she wants us to talk to the principal about independent study and she said yes. She doesn't love the idea, nor do we, but we can't keep going through this hell on every school morning. <BR> <BR> So the principal is going to switch her to independent study for the next month, to be extended if needed - obviously, my hope is that we can cut it off early! But we'll see. We're waiting on the independent study teacher to contact us to set up... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:48:17 EST Day 52: Hanging In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319447 Well, Kate did so much better this weekend, so I have some hope that the meds really are going to help once they kick in fully and she's on a full dose. She was draggy on Sunday, said the meds were making her tired, but otherwise she was like a different kid - engaging with us, relaxed, joking around, playing with the dog, etc. Weird. In a totally good way. <BR> <BR> Which made it all the harder when we got close to bedtime last night and we could see her just start to shut down, as she s... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:04:58 EST Day 50 Bonus Blog: Some Fave CL Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318505 My husband and I make a weekly dinner menu plan every weekend, generally on Saturday morning. We map out our week to figure out if there are any nights we need a quickie dinner, etc. and then come up with a dinner for each night and a grocery list. We have a big binder of recipes, of which more than half are recipes I've ripped out of Cooking Light magazine, and a bunch are ones Paul has gotten from Cooks Illustrated (he's the chef in the family). <BR> <BR> As we were flipping through reci... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:15:16 EST Day 50: Never Regret that Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318415 Slept in today, which was lovely, but then I just didn't want to get out of bed to do anything! But it wasn't raining at that point, and I knew I'd kick myself later if I took another day off this week (I didn't work out Wed or Thurs)....plus, the dog was wired for sound even though Paul took her for a good walk yesterday! Word of advice - if you want to stick to an exercise routine, get a dog, because they won't let you get away with very many rest days! <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:48:27 EST Day 49: Happy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317968 Just got home from a very successful shopping trip - how often do you manage to get everything you planned to, in one trip? <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> First we swung by Fleet Feet so Paul could pick up his shoes that had been on order (he's a size 13 or 14, depending on the shoe, and they usually don't have that big a size in stock!). Then we headed to the mall. Paul went and found a pair of work shoes at Nordstrom while I took Kate to Macy's to get some jeans...she loves her bl... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:47:08 EST Day 48: TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317573 It was raining steadily when the alarm went off this morning, ugh, but I hadn't exercised in two days and I was desperate to MOVE! And Bam-Bam even wanted to go, despite the fact that she hates getting wet. So we got a good couple miles of walking in. <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> As for the Kate front...we did manage to get her to school today, first time since Tues. I was tempted to let her stay home again, because she was clearly struggling, but we were afraid that the longer sh... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:53:43 EST Day 48: The Latest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317005 Thank you all so much for your comments and support...this situation with Kate is uncharted territory, but we're taking it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Some of you have asked about why the anxiety is related to school...we really don't know but the pediatrician said it's not unusual. Kate swears there hasn't been a traumatic incident or bullying or anything, and up until a couple weeks ago she was getting straight As in everything without trying too hard (and she's in almost all GATE classe... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:45:23 EST Day 47: What's Going On With Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316584 I'm pretty slammed at work this week and never had time to blog yesterday, and I was out most of the morning today dealing with Kate. We are kind of at our wits' end. To save time but update you all, I'm going to basically cut and paste the email I just sent to my best friend. <BR> <BR> <BR> Really rough morning, I just got to work a little while ago. Despite being totally fine last night, Kate was in terrible shape this morning. She was almost catatonic, like it was physically hard to ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:44:45 EST Day 45: Trying to Get Back to Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315604 I dragged myself out the door to run today, with not-great results. I've been terrible about running lately, hadn't done any in a couple weeks, and even before that I'd been decreasing how much I was doing. Bad, bad, bad. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So I got out there today, but I just felt like I was going to die almost immediately...looked at my watch and i was only at 1:11. Are you kidding me??? <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> So I decided to run 2 minutes, walk 2 minut... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:27:20 EST Day 44: Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314958 Hubby and I just finished doing a once-over on the garage...somehow, every few months we seem to get to the point where we can barely walk in there! All it takes is maybe an hour of organizing and throwing some stuff in the garbage/recycling, plus I always throw random donation items in there so that stuff needs to go to Goodwill. Anyhow, now it's all swept and clear! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I took Kate and her BFF to see 21 Pilots last night. Oops, I"m sorry, Kate gets very... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:17:59 EST Day 43: Water, Water, Everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314552 OMG, my legs are TIRED! LOL! I went for a 10.7-bike ride this morning, and I was fighting the wind for a lot of it. I had really wanted to get out in all this lovely sunshine, but if I'd realized how windy it was I might have opted for a walk or run instead. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Regardless, it was great to get out. I rode up the river and MAN, it is just unbelievable. They've been doing more releases and you can really see the difference - the river is just crazy high... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:45:53 EST Day 42: Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314101 No workout today...when I woke up, I could just hear the rain coming down and I said forget it - rolled over and went back to sleep! The good news is, it has stopped raining and is supposed to be gorgeous all weekend, WOOT! I am definitely going to get a bike ride in this weekend. Gotta check out the river, it's up again. I just cannot believe how much rain we've had! And we're only going to get a break for a couple days...more to come next week. <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> So,... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:55:02 EST Day 41: Bowling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313451 Had a blast at legislative bowling night last night. I actually got to bowl this year - we had seven of us bowling in four slots, so we just took turns. Even though I haven't bowled in several years, I got several spares, woot! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Didn't eat too badly, though I had a lot of beer of course. But we had a great time - I think it was a badly needed morale boost for my office, we're pretty burned out on working on this damn transportation funding bill. Nice ... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 12:38:04 EST Day 40: Rain, Rain, Go Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312855 Yes, I am happy that California appears to be exiting the drought, but geez, enough already! I am soooo tired of being rained on, walking through puddles, walking into the office with my pants wet from the knees down, and oh yeah, did I mention how much wind we've been getting? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> We just got new umbrellas for all three of us a couple weeks ago that are guaranteed for life...well, guess what, Kate got caught in a gust of wind yesterday, it blew inside out... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:26:51 EST Day 39: Anxiety... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312399 Crazy rain and wind most of the night, and it was still blustery and wet this morning so I opted to stay inside and do weights. The rain is supposed to keep up through Friday, ugh, so I'll definitely have to get out in it at some point but not when it's windy! Light rain I can deal with - the pooch and I encountered some of that yesterday on our walk - but torrential rain and wind, no thanks. <BR> <BR> I think we're about to embark on an interesting parenting adventure...I may have mention... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 15:22:37 EST Day 38: Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311949 Still seem to be fighting, or recovering from, the damn bug...the bike ride yesterday COMPLETELY wiped me out for the rest of the day, and I slept super hard last night. I took Bam-Bam for a walk this morning - couple miles, and we got rained on a bit - and I was so tired when I got home, I had to sit down! So yeah, not 100%. But hopefully I'm getting there. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Can't believe it's already almost 5pm! Amazing how fast the day goes by when you're busy...plu... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 19:55:22 EST Day 37: Great Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311338 Well, don't worry, I won't whine in my blog today! Feeling a lot better. Amazing what a couple days off having fun can do. ;-) <BR> <BR> Last night we headed down to Monterey - took Kate's best friend Lola along - for a sleepover at the Aquarium. We did it years ago and it was really fun, and I'm soooo glad we did it again! We went last July and it was just awful, so crowded you could hardly move - thousands of people. But for the overnights, they only take 500 max, and most of the peo... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 17:55:38 EST Day 35: Staying Upright http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310698 Well, I'm still feeling pretty crappy but I'm still upright. Didn't exercise Thurs or Fri, but I just took Bam-Bam out for a couple-mile walk because she was badly in need of a walk! As was I. I'm seriously pooped now though. <BR> <BR> Sadly, I can't just crash this weekend to try to kick this thing, as we are heading to Monterey this afternoon for a sleepover at the Aquarium. We've done it before, it's really fun, I just kind of wish it hadn't fallen this weekend! But what can you do... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 12:13:38 EST Day 33: Tired of Feeling Like Crap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309651 Tired of feeling like crap, ugh, but I will try not to whine too much about it. I slept in this morning in hopes that it would help - plus the rain hit last night and I knew I wouldn't want to slog through that, feeling like this. It's supposed to rain through next Friday, ughhhhh. At least it's warmer - so weird that 50 feels warm at this point! <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, class was good and then we picked up Chinese takeout and of course I ate too much of it. We always... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:16:53 EST Day 32: Tired of Fighting the Bug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309209 Geez, it's 3:30 and I still haven't blogged today! I usually jump on in the morning but it's been a busy day at work. And I'm feeling like crap, ugh...REALLY hoping I'm not going down for the count with this damn bug I've been fighting. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Somehow managed to drag myself out of bed this morning and do a little running...just two minute runs, 10 minutes total, that was all I had in me. Guess it's better than nothing. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 18:32:16 EST Day 31: Time to Buckle Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308467 Wow, January is already over! How'd that happen? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I was feeling frustrated yesterday because I'm up a couple pounds, after doing all that work to maintain my weight through the holidays. But then I went on the tracker and checked, and since I actually went down a bit earlier in January, I am now exactly back where I was. So while I didn't achieve my goal of losing any weight in January, at least I didn't have a net gain. Whew. But I need to do bette... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:16:36 EST Day 30: Opt Outside! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307900 I didn't really get outside at all yesterday, though I enjoyed the sunshine coming through the windows! I was reflecting yesterday on why I was getting so obsessed around New Year's, about doing some sort of hiking challenge, and it hit me - I just need to get outside! This time of year, most of my workouts are in the dark, since I get up at 6am during the week to work out. And my office has no windows, so if I don't get out for lunch or a break, I get almost no daylight during the week ,t... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:17:35 EST Day 29: Fighting Off the Crud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307294 Thankfully I'm feeling better today - I felt kind of crappy all afternoon yesterday, so I was really afraid I was going down for the count with the nasty bug that's going around! i guess whatever I'm fighting is just allergies, because I took Claritin again last night and I can almost breathe through my nose again. Whew. Poor Kate is still under the weather, though she's not feeling feverish today so that's good. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Got a good 45 minutes of yoga in this mo... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:15:15 EST Day 28: Amazing What a Good Workout Can Do for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306765 I just got back from a 9-mile bike ride, and man, it really gave me a boost! I'm tired, don't get me wrong, and my legs are feeling a little jello-like, but it was just great to get out. I particularly like my weekend workouts this time of year, because I can wait till it's actually light! And it is absolutely gorgeous today, not a cloud in the sky. Amazing, after all the rain and fog and gray we've had for the past month! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I headed south today so I co... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 13:16:57 EST Day 27: Tickly Nose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306219 Ugh, I have a tickle in my nose this morning that's driving me NUTS! I think it's just allergies...I hope!!! Half my office is down with the horrible bug that's going around. But I feel okay, just sniffly, so hopefully it's just allergies. I so badly wanted to take a hit of Flonase this morning, but my nose is still pretty raw so I can't do that, ugh. And I don't like taking allergy pills during the day because they make me spacey, I generally take them at night. But of course this didn... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:30:10 EST Day 26: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305659 I'm fighting a crappy mood today, sigh. Sooooo tired, and tired of being in pain, and tired of fighting to get the kid out of bed and out of the house in the morning...ughhh. Just a tough week. But hey, it's almost Friday, right? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, exercise was the LAST thing I wanted to do this morning when the alarm went off, but I took a rest day yesterday so I knew I really had to get up and moving. I was going to just go for a walk, but then I tried a coupl... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:22:09 EST