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 257: Only Thursday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411188 Plugging along....no time for a workout this morning because I had to be at work early today. Hopefully tomorrow I can get a walk in. Back is doing okay today - a tad better, definitely not worse. I'm nervous about being able to go on rides next week, but I'm just going to have to hope for the best. I did all my exercises this morning! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Had a great evening - despite having a ton of homework, Jamie was in a great mood and we couldn't believe how much s... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:03:45 EST Day 256: Turning the Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410850 Geez, the days keep getting away from me before I get a chance to blog! It's the last week of the legislative session, so work is pretty busy, though I got to leave early yesterday since we had Back to School Night. Good night to do it, the Senate ended up going till 9pm! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I seem to be slowly turning the corner - I was able to walk a couple miles yesterday morning and again today. My tramadol is running low though, so I just messaged my doc to s... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:43:20 EST Day 254: Back Pain, Continued, Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410090 My damn back is STILL giving me grief..I'm actually starting to get a little worried. Usually I'm only really bad for 2-3 days and then it starts improving, but this has been a solid week and I'm still in a lot of pain. (I've been rear-ended twice so I have a lot of back issues). And this time next week, I'll be at Disneyland, and I want to go on rides, wah! <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Hopefully it'll start turning around. It is a little better today. I was actually going to tr... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:00:00 EST Day 253: Back Pain, UGH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409694 Sigh...my damn back has been acting up for a week now, and I haven't been able to work out in four days, which is killing me. I think maybe I'll be able to go for a good walk tomorrow - normally, walking is the best thing but when I'm this off-kilter I start listing to one side and it puts a lot of pressure on my knee and hip to walk. But I'm definitely straighter today so hopefully I'm making progress. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, VERY tired of being in pain, the tramadol ... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 13:58:52 EST Day 251: I'm Still Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409147 Sorry, haven't blogged for a few days...kind of a crazy week. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Jamie (yes, I'm calling Kate "Jamie" now, trying to honor her wishes though I haven't gotten as far as saying "they" instead of "she" yet) has been having a tough time with school, at least with getting to school in the morning, culminating with her disappearing during first period yesterday (she was in the bathroom crying and trying to pull herself together). This has been different from th... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 21:00:11 EST Day 247: Back to Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407931 Whew, what a day yesterday! Almost 10,000 steps, on top of a 17-mile bike ride. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Kate ended up not wanting to go anywhere yesterday, and it didn't break my heart to not brave the mall on Labor Day. Though Paul and I went to Ikea, which was already bad idea! I was thinking that the college kids would already have done their shopping, but I was definitely wrong - a staffer told us that "this is our Black Friday." LOL! It was pretty c... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 12:56:48 EST Day 246: Bike Ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407563 I rode further than ever up past Discovery Park this morning, and man, my legs are tired! But I'm pretty proud of myself, I logged 16.9 miles. Here are a few pics - I don't know if you can tell, but it's still pretty hazy here from all the fires burning in California. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3259bd38-8bd0-48de-a086-022cbe1ddf52.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2934e9ca-9d2c-418e-bb57-0ee2a666757d.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img s... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:50:59 EST Da7 245: Hot, Hot, Hot, Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407244 Lordy, it has been HOT! It's "only" supposed to get to 100 tomorrow, and then it's actually supposed to drop to around 90 for the rest of the week. That would be sooooo nice! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> We had a fun family dinner for Paul's birthday on Friday night, though I ate WAY too much crap. Needless to say, I'm up, though only a pound. But man, I have GOT to start getting that needle to move in the other direction. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 15:01:02 EST Day 244: Almost to the 3-Day Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406521 Well, I can see that the morning workout has a big impact on my step count...I slept in yesterday morning, and only got 6937 steps in total. Whereas I took the dog for a walk this morning, and I'm already at 5439 for today (it's 9:30am)! Useful to know...basically, on days where I don't walk or run, I'll have about a 4000 step deficit to make up. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Anybody have fun plans for the weekend? We're going out for Paul's birthday dinner tonight (his bday was W... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:42:12 EST Day 243: First Day of 8th Grade! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406153 I officially have an 8th grader! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c364d3d2-8238-4167-906d-dc70382aca21.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And thankfully, we had no problem getting her out of bed and out the door. Such a relief! Fingers crossed that this year will be much easier. I think she's excited to see all her friends today, she hasn't seen most of them all summer. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My feet and legs were pretty sore last night, but I figured I'd try to g... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:15:40 EST Day 242: Sore Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405751 So, between running yesterday morning, the block party at work at lunchtime, and everything else, I ended up at nearly 14,000 steps yesterday! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Which would be great, except that way too many of those steps were in heels...my feet are sore today! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So today will probably be a much lower count. Though Bam-Bam was not interested in a short walk this morning, so by 7am I was already at 4100 steps. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:03:35 EST Day 241: 19 minutes of running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405337 I got 19 minutes of running in this morning, WOOT! Not all together, of course - in increments - but I'm still feeling pretty good about it! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I decided to tackle Week 4 of C25k because a, it's about time, and b, I realized that it's the same total time I've been running (16 minutes), just in longer increments (3- and 5-minute runs). And since I was still a ways from home when I finished the two sets, I did several stints of run 1 min, walk 1 min. Yes, ... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:31:03 EST Day 240: Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404996 Lordy, what a trying morning...and the worst part is, it was basically all my own fault. I am just absolutely kicking myself. And it's weird, because I'm normally soooo OCD about stuff, but I just apparently totally fell apart on this one. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So, I took Kate to DMV to get an ID card, so we can get her set up for TSA pre-check. Paul and I got set up earlier this year, but she wasn't 13 yet. And since I procrastinated so long on getting her passport renew... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:30:34 EST Day 239: New Toy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404624 Well, I took my sparkbuddy Angela's advice and got myself a Fitbit One! I've had bad luck with Fitbit Zips in the past, but I really like the fact that this has a rechargeable battery. And I can sync it wirelessly with my phone - the Zip software always seemed to mess with our home computer. I just started wearing it this afternoon, so I'm only at about 2000 steps at the moment (it's about 1:45pm), nothing impressive. But going forward, I'm really going to make an effort to get those step... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 16:56:55 EST Day 237: Shifting My Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403907 **edited to add that after I wrote this, I realized GATE is a California thing, I had though it was national - Gifted and Talented Education, sort of like honors classes. ** <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes in parenthood, you have to remind yourself that it's not about you, and that what's best for your child is not necessarily what you originally decided. And that's okay. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> We picked up Kate's class schedule this morning (school starts next Thursday), and... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:25:13 EST Day 236: Yogahhhhhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403476 Did yoga today for the first time in like a month. Why did I wait so long??? Felt soooo good to stretch out. I just looked over my workout schedule for the last couple months and most weeks I've been doing two rest days, so I think I'm going to make an effort to get back to only one rest day, and substitute yoga one of those rest days. <BR> <BR> <em>417</em> <BR> <BR> It's tough, sometimes I wish there were more days in the week....I would love to have more time to do yoga, but somet... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:38:56 EST Day 235: Pondering the Step Count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403112 I've been pondering a possible re-entry into Fitbit land...I read a fun essay from Runners mag this morning about a woman's experience doing a 20,000 steps-per-day challenge. I've been thinking lately about how motivated I was to get more steps when I was wearing a Fitbit. But I keep thinking, I should just be motivated anyhow! But...there's just something so satisfying in seeing those numbers. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> BUT...I've been through three Fitbit Zips - they always... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:06:39 EST Day 234: The Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402742 Yesterday was fun - so nice to focus on something non-political for a change! My boss got back last night from Oregon, he said it was just a blast seeing the full eclipse and totally worth the drive and traffic. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Got a couple-mile walk in with Bam-Bam this morning. I'm sad that it's barely light now at 6am - all too soon, it'll be pitch black and cold, wah! But I'm trying to stick with the positive and enjoy the pretty sunrises. I only get glimpses rat... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:34:35 EST Day 233: Happy Eclipse Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402357 Never got a chance to blog yesterday! We took Kate and a couple friends to Sunsplash, a big water park, and ended up being there all day - left the house at 10am and didn't get back till after 4! Fun day, though I only went on one slide since my back's been acting up so much lately and I didn't want to push it. Mostly stuck to the lazy river. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today I managed to drag myself out of bed and do some running - C25K Week 2 workout, though I only got 15 min ... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:30:21 EST Day 231: Busy, Busy, Busy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401717 Well, the one thing I had planned to get done today was to get stuff back up on the walls in Kate's room and the guest room, and here it is 3pm and that's about the only thing I HAVEN'T gotten done! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Super busy day but very productive. Slept in till almost 8, which was really nice. Had a leisurely breakfast and got laundry started, and then Paul and I jumped on our bikes and headed over to the shop where we bought them earlier this year...they do free a... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:10:40 EST Day 230: Wrapping Up a LONG Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401323 Lordy, what a week it's been, but now it's Friday! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I did a nice bike ride yesterday morning...I should have run, I haven't since last week, but I just couldn't face it. I'm sad that soon it will be too dark to ride on weekday mornings, wah! But I caught a beautiful sunrise yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7deffab0-5924-4d21-a2da-e06e6d57bcbb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went on an "affordable housing bus tour" for ... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:18:30 EST Day 229: Worn. Out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400989 We had a REALLY horrendous therapy appointment yesterday....I'm just going to cut and paste from the email I sent my best friend this morning, to tell you what happened. Here it is. <BR> <BR> <BR> In case enough hasn't happened this week, we had a HORRENDOUS therapy appt yesterday afternoon...suffice to say, we will never set foot in there again, and we'll be lucky if we can ever convince Kate to go to another therapist. I cannot believe how horribly the therapist handled everything. Bas... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:55:02 EST Day 228: Plugging Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400637 We had friends over for dinner last night and had a great time - though we all drank waaaay too much wine! <BR> <BR> <em>181</em> <BR> <BR> That 6am alarm was ugly today...I rolled over and went right back to sleep for an hour. So, no workout for me today! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Kate's doing well, actually spent most of the evening with us. Usually she can't wait to bail out when we have guests, but she really likes these folks. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:30:26 EST Day 227: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400219 Okay, first the good news. I got a bike ride in this morning, though dang, I was tired for whatever reason, just felt like a slog. Did 7.6 miles, not bad, though shorter than I've been doing lately. Felt good to get back on the bike though, hadn't been in a couple weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> And we FINALLY got Kate's passport dealt with this morning, WOOT!!! Such a pain with kids, because you can't do it by mail - you have to go do it in person and both parents have to b... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:35:37 EST Day 226: Room Redo and Struggling Kid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399860 So, I forgot to mention THE MOST IMPORTANT THING the other day, which is - I met my vacation goal of maintaining my weight, woot! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> That may not sound like much, but OMG, you wouldn't believe the amount of crap my mother in law brought into the house...she doesn't believe in low-cal anything. And I have no willpower. But I guess those daily workouts I made myself do, were just enough to keep the balance. Whew. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> No w... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:39:16 EST Day 224: Back to Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399066 Well, I'm back at home and I have to say, it was WONDERFUL to sleep in my memory foam bed last night! That's always the one down side of vacations, having to leave my lovely bed. The beds in the house we rented are soooooo hard, they're awful. So I got a great night's sleep last night, especially since I didn't have to put up with Paul's snoring. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> The girls and I headed back a day early...took us FOUR HOURS to get home, absolutely ridiculous. Google M... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:15:34 EST Quickie vacation blog #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398083 Trying to keep up the exercise amid all the crap eating...got a brisk 40-min walk in yesterday, and this morning Paul and his dad and I drive over to the coast and went for a hike along the bluffs overlooking the ocean. I didn't feel like it was a major workout, though I did go through an entire bottle of water and we did climb a bit to get down to the bluffs and back up to the car. But to my surprise, when I checked the health app thing in my iPhone (I brought it sling so I could take pics)... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:04:35 EST Quickie vacation blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397251 This is a quickie since I'm typing on my phone! Saturday, no workout, other than a zillion steps to get the family packed and loaded up, and lots of trips up and down the stairs to unload when we got here! Sunday, I took the dog for an easy 15-min walk (she was a little gimpy, not used to all the stairs) and then I went for a brisk 35-min walk. Much hillier here than home so definitely a workout! Today, I got over an hour in, including 10 min total of running - tried to run a minute each ... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 22:18:13 EST Day 217: D'oh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395952 So, Paul and Kate went to pick up the bed frame at IKEA yesterday. Last night after dinner, he unpacked the boxes and got everything laid out...and realized that for some reason, this model didn't include the slats - sold separately. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> So we zipped over to IKEA, which fortunately isn't far from our house, found the slats, and triple checked to make sure we had the "full" set. Got home, finished putting the bed frame together, went to put the slats on....an... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 12:35:13 EST Day 215: Super busy week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395632 Another busy evening...man, I'm ready to just kick back! But I'll get plenty of that next week. For now, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The carpet got installed yesterday and it looks GREAT. It is utterly amazing how great it feels to walk on it - not only had it not been replaced in 20 years, but we went the cheap route last time because we were broke from buying the house. Now it's soooo nice. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/g... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 17:09:46 EST Day 214: Back on the Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395104 Proud of myself, I dragged myself out of bed this morning and did an 8-mile bike ride! First time in the better part of two weeks, haven't gotten on since I threw my back out last week. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> it was hard...I was so tired, but I need to get some good exercise in this week because next week we'll be on vacation and about all I can do is walk and kayak there. Although I'm thinking we'll drive to the coast one day and get a good hike in also. <B... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:00:16 EST Day 213: Busy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394680 Whew, busy evening last night! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Chatted with the neighbors about our trees...they want us to take out the two 80-foot trees that overhang their pool and interfere with their solar system. I went into it totally unwilling, but going over and looking at it from their side (literally!) - yowza, the trees really do hang quite a bit over their pool, and drop a lot of junk of course. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> We agreed we'll take the biggest on... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:36:34 EST Day 212: Back to Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394253 Never got any running in last week, what with back issues and all, so it was time to get back on the wagon today! Did a C25K Week 3 workout, and got 16-1/2 minutes of running in (2.85 miles total). <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not as sore as I expected today, after all the painting yesterday, thank goodness. I definitely slept hard! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I'm back at work today - I tell you, even... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:15:22 EST Day 211: Everything Hurts but It Looks Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393975 Lordy it's been a productive day! Got two coats of paint up in the guest room (soon to be Kate's room), plus we painted all the trim, and the closet doors. It looks FANTASTIC! I'm loving the peach, plus I can't believe the difference that freshening up the trim makes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c728e1f5-91d4-4f8b-82a7-842e42d326b7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Everything hurts, but what can you do - the price we pay for home improvement! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR>... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:52:42 EST Day 210: Discombobulated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393593 Holy cow, I haven't blogged since Wednesday?! I have really gone off the rails this week. Not so much on eating - well, I haven't been eating great, but then again I haven't been eating much. I don't know if I'm fighting a bug, or if it's the back pain, or what, but my appetite is way down. Yesterday I ate lunch at 12:30 and then didn't eat again till we went to a birthday dinner at 7:30pm. That is SO not like me!!!! And today I had lunch around noon, and now it's 4pm and I don't even h... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:11:53 EST Day 207: Back on My Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392311 Well, a day totally off my feet yesterday really helped...I was able to face the chiropractor this morning and I'm back at work. Thankfully I can stand with almost no pain today, so I can use my sit-stand station - on Monday it hurt so much to stand that I basically sat all day and sitting is the worst thing for my back even in the best of circumstances. So today I'll be standing a lot! <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> I managed to do a very light yoga workout this morning, just half a... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:13:08 EST Day 206: That Which Does Not Kill Us, Makes Us Stronger? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391974 Well, my back pain is definitely getting the best of me, I think I shouldn't have gone to work yesterday and spent so much time sitting. Today I stayed home and am alternating laying on a heating pad and an ice pack, and it's really helping. I need to get back to my chiropractor for another adjustment, but right now I just can't bear the thought! Hopefully the pain will be more tolerable tomorrow and I'll be able to handle it. I tell you, this gives me a lot of empathy for folks who have ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:14:06 EST Day 205: Back to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391478 Well, back to work but I can't really complain, since I'll be taking Thursday and Friday off! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Originally I was hoping that we'd be painting the guest room those days, but we're still waiting to hear from the carpet installers so I'm not sure. We want to paint before the new carpet gets put in, but we're hoping to minimize the disruption by clearing everything out, painting, and getting the carpet done all in the same week. But we leave for vacation o... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:53:26 EST Day 204: One of "Those" Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391075 Got up and did a 13.8-mile bike ride this morning, woot! Pretty morning on the bike trail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f81720f0-3538-4b97-8a75-491cbee557ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Kate didn't want to go mattress shopping till after lunch, so I decided to finally dive in and do one of "those" projects. You know, the kind of project that languishes on your to-do list for months, and then when you finally buck up and deal with it, it only takes about an hour and a half... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:34:38 EST Day 203: Facial! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390736 Slept in till around 7:30 so nice! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Then I got up and took the pooch for a good walk. After breakfast, I tackled a bunch of overdue weeding and pruning in the front and back yards. Got a good hour and a half in - well, minus 15 minutes when my neighbor came over and started yapping at me when she came out to mow her lawn, sigh. But I got a lot done, and I was hot and pooped after! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Had a quick snack and jumped in t... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:25:01 EST Day 202: Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390226 Just couldn't get out of bed today - slept in a bit and took a rest day. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Took Paul out to the airport this morning - he's off to Hawaii for 5 days to do a golfing trip with a buddy. His friend's aunt and uncle recently retired to Maui, so they're going to stay with them. Nice deal. <BR> <BR> <em>278</em> <BR> <BR> Went out with coworkers after work last night - fun, but I really should have stuck to one beer (rather than 2-1/2). Oh well, I'll ma... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:14:12 EST Day 201: C25K - On to Week 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389811 Started Week 3 of Couch to 5K today! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The workout is to run 1.5 min, walk 1.5, run 3, walk 3, repeat. Well, I repeated twice, and got another 1.5 min run in at the end besides. And I got 3.1 miles in total! So I'm feeling pretty good mentally...though my legs are tiiiiiired. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But it feels good mentally, to do more running than I think I can. So much of running is mental for me...not that it's easy physically, but I... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:21:36 EST Day 200: The Long and Short of It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389395 Too funny....Paul said yesterday Bam-Bam kept trying to take shortcuts, but with me today, she kept pulling me to the longer way! We usually do a couple miles, but today we did 2.75 and I had to rein her in because she wanted to do more! Not that I'm against a longer walk, but on weekday mornings I really need to get back to the house by 7 or close to it, or my whole routine gets screwed up. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Our secretary announced this morning that she got into all the... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:32:57 EST Day 199: Finished C25K Week 2 (Yet Again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388971 Got up and finished off C25K Week 2 today, got 12 min of running in. I was thinking about it, and the workout actually calls for 20 minutes total, whereas I do more like 45. So I'm actually getting a lot more running in than called for. Which makes it all the more ridiculous that I've never managed to actually get to 5K, sigh. The last time I actually attempted C25K was last November, and I made it as far as Week 5 before petering out - further than I'd ever made it before, but still not ... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:47:32 EST Day 198: Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388571 Busy weekend! But nice to be out of the office. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Had a pretty busy day Saturday, then after Kate's guitar lesson we picked up her friend Rory and headed out to the State Fair. We loooove going to the Fair, always super fun. But lordy, it was SO hot! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Pretty much sweated through everything in the first 20 minutes - it was at least 100 when we got there, around 5:30. But we had a good time - saw lots of animals, the... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:49:22 EST Day 196: Tired Legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387761 I just logged yesterday's dinner and today's breakfast. I'm going to try logging my food, see how long I can keep it up....I hate doing it but it does help, makes me think about it more. I'm happy to say that even though my boss brought in cookies yesterday afternoon, I didn't have a single one! Of course, it helped that I had literally just taken the first bite of a granola bar when he walked in with them. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Lest you think I'm overly good though, we cr... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 13:42:27 EST Day 195: Gotta Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387414 It's Friday, peeps! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Lots going on this weekend. Tonight I'm taking Kate for a haircut. She initially claimed she "wanted to get rid of all of it," but then she said she still wanted to be able to put it up in a ponytail, so I don't think we'll be going TOO short. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we've got some errands and stuff, plus the weekly grocery shop of course. Then after her 4:30 guitar lesson we're going to pick up her friend R... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:15:39 EST Day 194: I Want to Ride My Bicycle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386953 Got a bike ride in this morning, but it was hard, just felt tired. I did a quick ride over to the next neighborhood and back, but then realized dagnabit, I still have an awful lot of time left. So I started zigzagging around my own 'hood to rack up some mileage. I was aiming for 6 miles, I figured that would be a respectable ride, though actually shorter than I've done for a while. But to my surprise, when I got home, I was at 8.2 miles! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> I guess I am... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:09:27 EST Day 193: Colorful Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386547 Got Bam-Bam out for a nice walk in the park this morning - it was so nice and cool! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The beginner's running club was out in force today (Fleet Feet does a lot of early morning running clubs in our park). I can always tell the beginners because it's such a colorful group - I think people make a point of buying new workout gear when they sign up for a "how to run" class. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Got through our last big hearing yesterday so no... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:08:56 EST Day 192: Getting Back to Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386062 Got up and did some C25K-ing today...Week 2, Day 1. I've only been getting in one C25K day per week, so my goal this week is to get a second day in. I know, you're supposed to do three days a week, but it seems like whenever I try that I end up tweaking a knee or something. Two days seems to be the sweet spot, so I'll try to get up to that again. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> I actually left work a little after 5:30 yesterday, gasp! Felt weird to have such a "long" evening, LOL! ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:45:01 EST