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 123: Ding Dong, the Fitbit Is Officially Dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155558 I decided to give my Fitbit one last try this morning, since I had one new battery left. But surprise surprise, while the "Map My Ride" website logged my workout at 2.57 miles, the Fitbit only gave me credit for 1.3 miles and about 2000 steps (usually my workouts are 4000-5000 steps). <BR> <BR> Okay, I give up, into the e-waste pile it goes! This is the third Fitbit I've had, and each one has crapped out after the first battery change. I have given the Fitbit folks enough of my money, n... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:18:55 EST Day 122: Clutter Reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155044 And we're off to another week! I've actually been pretty productive today, in a not-very-exciting way - I've seriously whacked down my email inbox. Feels good! I love clutter reduction, in all its forms. <BR> <BR> Speaking of clutter reduction, Kate's been going to town on her room - she filled up two garbage bags from her desk drawers, cleared a bunch of books from her bookcase, and filled another garbage bag, and a Goodwill bag, from the bins in her room. (You know, the famous IKEA b... Mon, 2 May 2016 19:42:09 EST Day 121: Quilting, Biking, Wine Tasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154210 Such a nice weekend, especially today! But I'll start with Saturday. We met up with Paul's parents at a fabric store out in the 'burbs and picked out material for the new quilt Paul's mom is going to make us. Check 'em out: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10ba583a-40bb-4d3a-844e-9b7aefadf183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Paul's mom gave us a quilt she just made us as a "throw" for the living room couch, which I love: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Sun, 1 May 2016 19:05:48 EST Day 120: I Ran! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152917 Okay, now I'm going to have that Flock of Seagulls song in my head all day - bring on the '80s, LOL! <BR> <BR> But seriously, I hauled myself out of bed today and did some actual running. I badly needed to get back on that wagon - I hadn't run since the end of March! <BR> <BR> So I gave myself a goal I knew I could reach: 5 minutes. I started out running 1-1/2 minutes, walking 2, and hit 6 min in no time. Okay, new goal! 9 minutes. I was pretty pooped by the time I hit that, but I re... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:13:34 EST Day 119: Squeezing in the Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152382 Okay, it's almost 5:15 but I'm getting my daily blog entry in, just barely! <BR> <BR> Really wanted to roll over and go back to sleep this morning but made myself get up and do weights. And went up on one of them, so that felt like a job well done. :-) <BR> <BR> Super busy day at work, in meetings most of the day so my back is really bugging me - too much sitting! Thankfully there is nothing on the agenda tonight and I'm getting out of here momentarily. <BR> <BR> Wasn't great on the eat... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:14:42 EST Day 118: Walking, Running, Girl Scouting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151452 Getting myself back onto daily blogging. Accountability, peeps! <BR> <BR> Good day yesterday - managed to have a salad for lunch and NOT pig out at dinner for a change. Had some popcorn after but no dessert!. ;-) <BR> <BR> This morning I took Bam-Bam for a walk and she insisted on going the long way, go figure. Silly girl, she's terrible at pacing herself - as soon as we hit the furthest point from home, she got tired and started dawdling like crazy. I told her sorry, we're committed... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:33:53 EST Day 117: The Power of the Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150741 So, I blogged yesterday about how I hadn't been blogging because I haven't been in a great place, eating- and exercise-wise. But I decided yesterday to blog and give myself a virtual smack upside the head and get out of the doldrums. <BR> <BR> And ya know what? It worked! <BR> <BR> I did not have any snack or dessert after dinner last night...I passed up the wine...and I got up this morning and rode 8.4 miles on my bike. <BR> <BR> Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> It's amazing, how good it feels to ta... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:19:54 EST Day 116: Been Avoiding the Blogging Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150249 I've been kind of avoiding blogging lately, because it's just not nearly as much fun to blog when I don't have any "little victories" to blog about! I have just really been struggling lately. I am so tired of feeling tired! I'm through the worst of the crush period at work, now I have a breather for a few weeks, so I should be turning the corner by now, dagnabit. <BR> <BR> Didn't do much exercise over the weekend...didn't have time to workout Saturday morning because the Girl Scout troo... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:20:10 EST Day 110: Nothing Like a Good Yoga Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145734 Got a GREAT yoga workout in this morning - a full 45 minutes (usually I only manage more like half an hour), and I really focused on my breathing....for once I'm clear enough to actually breathe through my nose, which always seems to make for a better yoga workout! <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see, what else. Got a couple-mile walk in with Bam-Bam yesterday, and managed to get out of the office by 6pm. Tonight will be much later, as our big hearing is today, but then we'll g... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:39:01 EST Day 108: OUTSIDE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144376 After a really crazy week, spending way too many hours cooped up in my windowless office, I was soooo looking forward to spending a weekend outdoors! It's just gorgeous this weekend - right now it's 83 at 2:30pm, just perfect. <BR> <BR> Kate's friend Lola came home with her after school on Friday, and when Paul and I got home they announced that they'd already cleared it with Lola's mom for Lola to spend the night. Well, alrighty then! ;-) So we set up the girls with dinner and a movie, ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:49:02 EST Day 106: I'm Still Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143059 Dang, haven't managed to blog since Monday. It has been SUCH a crazy week. Can't remember what time I got out of here on Monday, didn't get out till nearly 9pm Tues and Wed, but yesterday I actually left by 6. I've turned the corner - everything is basically done for our big hearing on Tuesday, then I get a break for about a month. Thank goodness! It was so crazy on Wed, I ended up calling the pizza place at 3:30 to order a delivery because I hadn't had a chance to grab something to eat!... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:28:11 EST Day 102: Being Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140177 Trying to get myself back on the wagon, in multiple ways! Got up and took the pooch for a good walk this morning...had scrambled eggs and a slice of peanut butter toast for breakfast instead of my usual two slices of pb toast...packed a lunch because leftovers are generally healthier than what I want to buy...forced myself to get out for 15 minutes this afternoon to get some fresh air...and I've had a banana and an apple for snacks this afternoon. Working on that fruit/veggie quotient! <BR>... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:43:11 EST Day 101: Trying to Get Myself Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139237 Starting to feel human again, finally....I was just too dead to do any exercise Friday or yesterday - though I did get 4000 steps in between Costco and the grocery store yesterday, at least! I was just exhausted, took everything I had. But I"m feeling better today after sleeping in a bit again, plus I slept really hard last night. Only got about a half hour of yoga in before Paul and Bam-Bam got back from their walk and I had to roll up my mat to avoid muddy paws, but it felt good to get m... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 16:12:00 EST Day 99: Schizoid Fitbit, Waning Girl Scout Troop, New 'Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137866 So, my Fitbit is just really schizo these days...I walked Bam-Bam two days in a row, about the same amount of distance, which generally ranges 4,000-5,000 steps. Well, one day it registered as over 11,000 steps, and the next day it registered as 287! So I'm leaving the damn thing on my dresser for a couple days, maybe it'll reset. And yes, I've been syncing it with my phone every morning to make sure the time is correct and steps are at zero. Weird. <BR> <BR> Very long week at work, an... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 12:29:08 EST Day 98: Why I Got Out of Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137096 Just so pooped this week, working hard. Thought yet again about staying in bed, but the pup was having none of it. But wow, what a pretty morning! It was already almost 60 degrees, crazy warm. I am lucky enough to live right on a big park, and it is just fabulous this time of year, with everything a brilliant green. Starting out, we were walking toward a beautiful gold sunrise, and when we passed the first pond we saw an egret splashing around bathing himself. The golf course (a little ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:52:46 EST Day 97: Trying Not to Let Stress Derail Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136419 Man, this has been a crazy week at work - I cannot believe it's only Wednesday! Definitely hopping. <BR> <BR> Super tired - didn't get out of here till 7 on Monday night, and 7:30 last night, and just no breaks all day long. I'm trying to keep up the exercise but I just don't have the oomph to run...I took Bam-Bam for a walk yesterday and somehow managed to drag myself out of bed to do weights today, just couldn't do more than that. <BR> <BR> And I was the bad person who brought doughnuts... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 14:27:11 EST Day 94: Pedal to the Metal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133916 Just got back from a 59-minute bike ride - 11.01 miles! Whew. Felt good to get it done though...and now it's 8:30 and I have the whole day ahead of me. I really enjoy bike riding, though I think this is going to be the year I finally break down and get a more comfy seat! <BR> <BR> A friend of mine started a mobile doggy grooming business last year, and she's coming in a bit to give Bam-Bam a good scrub. The pooch will not be happy, LOL! Though she'll be gorgeous after, and she always f... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 11:39:06 EST Day 93: Pushing the Limits...and Not in a Good Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133208 Having a bit of a lazy morning, which is really nice, since most mornings I roll out of bed and do some sort of exercise! I'm kicking myself a little bit, because I had plenty of time for a workout today, but I just really didn't feel like it. I had planned for today to be a rest day, since it's the school pancake breakfast and I'm working a shift, but I realized last night my shift isn't till 10, I had thought it was a lot earlier. I just rousted Kate, I figure we'll walk over there and e... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 11:43:18 EST Day 92: The Alarm With a Mind of Its Own http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132540 Well, here I am at work even though it's a holiday, sigh...but by working today, I'll avoid coming in this weekend, so there's definitely a bright side! Plus, it's super quiet so I will likely get out of here before 5 - no interruptions! <BR> <BR> Super crazy week - this is my busy time of year, but the past two days were particularly hard. Had to do a lot of running around and negotiating on a bill package - the bills are terrible but the Senator got super pissed and ran to my boss and ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 12:07:26 EST Day 90: Banananana http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131160 Dang, we're 90 days into 2016 already?? <BR> <BR> Took the pooch for a good walk this morning - brrrr, it was cold! We've been getting up in the low 70s in the afternoons, but it's chilly in the mornings - only 47 when I left for work this morning. And yes, I realize many of you will laugh at me the wussy Californian for that. But that's cold for almost-April! <BR> <BR> Feeling hungry but eating my banana...I'm trying really hard to up the fruit and veggie quotient. And chugging water o... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:38:11 EST Day 89: Getting into My Running Groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130114 Got my running in today! And it actually felt pretty good again, so maybe I'm FINALLY out of the horrible loop of feeling like I had to struggle for every single step. I'm still on run 2, walk 2, but I think I may try running 2-1/2 next time, as 2 min is no longer feeling horrible. I got 14 min of running in total, 2-1/2 miles. <BR> <BR> Left my Fitbit on the dresser yesterday because it was aggravating me, but I put it back on today and it registered 5000 steps for my workout so I guess ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:03:58 EST Day 88: Lots o' Water, Little Caffeiene, Minimal Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129572 Got my weight work in this morning. And once I got outside to head for work, I was glad I'd done an indoor workout - super windy today! I had to go to a meeting this morning that was several blocks away, and the wind was kind of brutal. :-p <BR> <BR> My hams are SUPER sore and tight today - not sure if it's from Saturday's bike ride, or yesterday's yard work, or both! Definitely need to stretch again tonight. <BR> <BR> Finally got back on the wagon today with breakfast...I was being rea... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:26:02 EST Day 87: Happy Easter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128885 What a nice day it's been! I feel a tad stressed and guilty about getting almost nothing done today, but man, it's been nice to just kick back. <BR> <BR> This morning was productive - after Kate's friend left (sleepover), I gave Kate her Easter "bag" (I hate baskets, they just seem to multiply and get in the way) and then tackled the backyard for a good couple hours. Whew! But I kinda love yardwork, because you get to see instant results of your work. Here's the before and after of my we... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:48:44 EST Day 86: A Taking-Care-of-Me Trifecta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128205 Already 4pm...dang, the weekend flies by! It's been a good day though. Let's see, I got to sleep in till 7:30, which was wonderful, and then I got out on my bike for a 9-mile ride. Actually a little longer than I'd planned, because there was a big race going through some of the streets I was riding on so I had to keep detouring to get around it. Felt great to get a good ride in though - I'm so happy we're getting into bike season! <BR> <BR> <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> Paul took Kate to Ko... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 19:17:43 EST Day 85: Steppin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127589 I was going to blog today about the irony that as soon as I declared my Fitbit kaput in a blog here, it started working again perfectly. But then I got back from my workout this morning and saw that I had progressed 11,000 steps and four hours, in 45 minutes! Ughhhhh. I swear, the thing has a mind of its own. <BR> <BR> Anyhow....this morning I felt like no way, no how, could I possibly run. But I knew I needed to, so after my "5-minute warmup walk," I tried running for 2 minutes. And it... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:34:45 EST Day 83: Chug, Chug, Chug that H2O http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126153 Didn't have time for a workout this morning since Kate had an early doc appointment (her foot is finally almost wart-free, woo hoo!). I tried to make up for it by having a salad for lunch. <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> Another busy day, hard to believe it's only Wednesday! Thankfully we have nothing on the agenda tonight. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Headache on and off all week...just made an appt with the chiro for Friday morning. Wish I could get in tomorrow, but o... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:07:39 EST Day 82: So Much of it Is Mental http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125544 A friend (hi, MARINGAL!) posted today about the need to show up, which nudged me to get my butt in gear and do a blog, since I hadn't done one yet today. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Got my weight work in today - I wanted to make sure I did it this week, since I never managed to squeeze it in last week. I'm slowly moving up! Where I"m really feeling it is my knees...I almost never tweak either of them anymore, I think the strength training is really helping. So nice to actually fe... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:18:05 EST Day 81: Another Dead Fitbit...I Give Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124418 I STILL feel like I'm fighting the bug, ughhhh. Enough already! But I guess it's better than being actually down for the count - Paul and Kate are still coughing, after over a week. :-p <BR> <BR> Anyhow, the alarm woke me out of an absolute dead sleep this morning, which is almost worse than waking up early and not being able to get back to sleep. (I know, can't satisfy me, huh?) But I knew I really needed to get some running in after eating crap all weekend (at my in-laws' house, sigh)... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:41:53 EST Day 80: Forced Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123610 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6a094d9-7945-4352-af8e-47cb465eec28.jpg"> This pretty picture is the view from the guest bedroom at my in-laws' house. How's that for a yoga setting? Motivated me to do 45 min worth when I got up. Of course, then I had a chocolate croissant for breakfast, sigh...Kate and my mother in law made them, Sharon took a class last year in Paris. Sooooo good, but I managed to limit myself to one. The problem is, now I'm hungry since I didn't have... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:49:37 EST Day 79: March Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122856 How's everyone's bracket doing? Mine is not going well - Purdue and Cal didn't come through for me! Though I'm not totally out of it yet. <BR> <BR> March Madness is a big deal in my house...every year, Paul takes Thurs and Fri off and he and his dad sit and watch all the games for four days straight. (Tradition, plus Paul's dad was a high school basketball coach so he's always been into it). They've been at our house the past two days, and this morning they headed up the hill to Paul's pa... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:50:45 EST Day 78: Getting There Any Way I Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122216 I'm really trying to get myself back to running again, so last night at bedtime I perused my Runners World magazine. It always makes me smile, because they are just sooooo wild about running, it's kinda cute, LOL! And it helps motivate me to do it. <BR> <BR> So I forced myself out there this morning...I've been waking up around 2 or 3 every night, wide awake (time change?), so it was tough. But I've only run one day this week (not doing so great on that run or bike 3 days/wk reso), so I ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:12:49 EST Day 76: Still Staving Off the Crud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120751 Paul is doing much better, and Kate looked much better this morning though she still tried to get out of going back to school. No way, sister - next week is spring break, a whole week off! I won't be getting a week off till mid-July, sadly...I'm into my really busy time at work. :-p <BR> <BR> Took a rest day today...wasn't planned, but I woke up in the middle of the night and was absolutely wide awake and my stomach was growling. At first I thought maybe it was 5am (I get up at 6) - dayl... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:41:38 EST Day 75: Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120047 One of my goals for this week is to bike or run three days. I got a bike ride or two in before this last round of storms, and was really looking forward to starting regular rides again once the rain stopped. Well, duh, I forgot about Daylight Savings Time! Pitch black again now at 6am. And yes, I have lights, but riding in pitch black really isn't a pleasant experience. Plus it was only 45 this morning, a little chilly for a bike ride! So I guess I'll have to wait a couple weeks on the ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:35:59 EST Day 74: A Change in the Weather is a Change for the Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119172 After a blustery, wet, cold, weekend, during which I had to do not one but two Girl Scout cookie sales outside, it is now absolutely gorgeous, sunny, and warm outside. Really really evil, weather gods - not cool to bring the good weather the day AFTER cookie sales end! <BR> <BR> Fortunately we managed to unload most, though not all, of our cookies. Crazy - we usually do two sales, but this year we did four and still didn't manage to sell as many. SO glad cookie season is over, I always ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:25:59 EST Day 72: Exorcising Futility Rather Than Exercising It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117747 I finished Gretchen Rubin's "Better Than Befiore" today, about how to form and maintain good habits. It is definitely making me do a lot of thinking. Like about how incredibly easy it is to procrastinate on starting a good habit ..."I'll start on Monday, "I'll start on the first day of the month," "I've already screwed up this week so I might as well start next week," etc. etc. etc. I'm becoming the queen of "tomorrow I'll be good." Is that getting me anywhere? Nope. <BR> <BR> I keep ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 20:40:59 EST Day 70: Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116057 Two days in a row of blogging, finally! I really need to get back to daily blogging, I feel like it helps with my overall mindset. So many good reminders just by jumping on this site! <BR> <BR> I've been reading Gretchen Rubin's "Better Than Before," about establishing and maintaining good habits. I loved her "Happiness Project" book, i actually re-read it at the beginning of the year. This one is good too, lots of useful tips. One thing that struck me is her discussion of how the begin... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:02:24 EST Day 69: Goodbye Contacts, Hello Glasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115188 Okay, we officially finished off the Girl Scout cookies last night, thank goodness! I just can't step away from the Thin Mints. <BR> <BR> Cookie season is over on Sunday...sadly, our sales are really low, so we've had to book two more sales. Friday night and Sunday afternoon/evening, sigh...not my favorite thing to do, and definitely not the girls' fave, but we just have too many boxes left to unload. Last Friday night didn't go well since it was raining...it's supposed to rain a lot th... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 12:55:56 EST Day 66: Getting My Steps In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112869 This morning the dog thankfully let us sleep in till almost 8. Not that she didn't get up on the bed, but much later than 5am and she settled down right away so we were able to get back to sleep. WHEW. I badly needed a decent night's sleep, I've just been exhausted. And with all the nasty bugs going around, I want to make sure I'm rested! <BR> <BR> Speaking of rest, I was going to take a rest day today, since I hadn't taken one since last Monday. Well, the dog was having none of that! ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 19:51:00 EST Day 65: Staying Inside Where It's Dry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112165 Major rainstorm today, we've had some major showers blow through. Paul went out a little while ago and dumped several inches of water out of the cover that we keep over our backyard table and chairs! <BR> <BR> Bam-Bam got up on the bed at 5am and neither of us could get back to sleep, which was incredibly frustrating because I was just exhausted after a crazy week at work. Around 6 we gave up and took her out for a walk - together for a change! - because the break in the rain was suppose... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 20:50:56 EST Day 62: Too Busy to Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109706 Okay, I swear, every time I've started writing a blog entry this week I've gotten interrupted by - gasp! - work. How date work interrupt my personal life? LOL! <BR> <BR> Let's see, exercise. Sunday I took a 9-1/2 mile bike ride. Monday I didn't get a workout in because we had to have Kate at school at 7am for the 6th grade trip to Alliance Redwoods so the morning routine was all screwed up. Yesterday I took the pooch for a 2-1/2 mile walk. And today I got back on my bike (and found my ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 18:43:39 EST Day 59: Back on My Bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106793 Had a pretty good day yesterday. Spent a lot of the afternoon reading, just couldn't get myself in gear. Which on the one hand was good - it was a long week and I need some down time. But on the other hand, I felt guilty for not getting more done, especially since poor Paul was off in Fresno walking precincts (and is there again today). But what the heck, I obviously needed the rest. <BR> <BR> We had friends come stay overnight, it was a lot of fun to hang out with them. Bam-Bam was v... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:21:29 EST Day 58: Girl Scout Season Going Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106220 Ah, Saturday! Though I didn't get to sleep in, because Paul had to be up and out early to head to Fresno to do some "seasonal work." That's what we Capital staffers call it for fun - there's a special election in the Assembly in April, so Assembly staffers are being called on to phonebank and walk precincts. Thankfully I'm in the Senate so I get out of this one! :-) <BR> <BR> I was super tired and my feet hurt this morning (two hours on my feet in not-great shoes last night, more on that... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 16:52:01 EST Day 57: Too Many Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105389 I am so happy it's FRIDAY! Man this has been a long week, work has been super busy. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see, what's going on exercise-wise. I got 40 minutes of yoga in yesterday morning, which felt great, and this morning I got 2.3 miles of walking in with the pup. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <em>416</em> <BR> <BR> Eating-wise...been snacking after dinner, REALLY need to shut that down. And having a couple Girl Scout cookies for dessert each night, bad bad b... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:38:30 EST Day 55: Running May Be the Death of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104022 Yikes, I've been slacking on the blogging thing. This has just been SUCH a crazy week at work. Though thankfully, not quite so crazy at home, as Kate's flute teacher had to cancel last night's lesson and we won't have "helper class" tonight because Kate has dropped out of the Teachers in Training program. <BR> <BR> I'm a little sad about that, but they've kind of dropped the ball on it - they haven't had a TNT class in months, and she's getting bored with just helping. I think she'll pro... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:20:31 EST Day 52: A Good Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101265 Ah, Sunday morning. Though unfortunately I'm going to have to get my tush in gear soon because we've got a lot to do today! <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning we took the Girl Scout troop to volunteer at the local food bank warehouse for a couple hours. They had so much fun! It was really great - they haven't gotten truly excited about anything in so long, but they all were really impressed with the operation (the food bank has FIVE warehouses!) and they had a lot of fun sorting food. They can'... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 12:46:34 EST Day 50: Work Work Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099987 It's Friday!!!! And I'm going to a really fun party tonight - an "Old School Cocktail Party." Think Mad Men. I found a great dress and Paul found a skinny black tie, he's going to do a sort of Blues Bros thing. And we're taking Swedish meatballs. Should be hilarious. <BR> <BR> Been working my tail off all week and I'm beat. I had to come in for several hours on Monday (holiday), I've eaten lunch at my desk at my desk every day this week, and I was here till almost 7 on Wed night. And ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:54:43 EST Day 48: One Day at a Time But Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098163 I do a fair amount of planning when it comes to healthy lifestyle. My husband and I sit down every Saturday morning to plan dinners (and grocery list) for the week. I generally map out my workout schedule at the beginning of the week - for example, if I'm going to have a morning without much time, I make that a rest day or a weights morning. And I try to decide at bedtime, what workout I'll do when I get up, so I can just get up and go. <BR> <BR> But for the "big picture," I think I need ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:14:38 EST Day 46: Enjoying the 3-Dayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096726 Man, this spring weather is glorious! It's still 70 out at 4pm, just amazing. Enjoying every day of it while it lasts, as I'm sure winter will come back any day now. <BR> <BR> Found a great dress yesterday for the "Old School Cocktail Party" we're going to on Friday night: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c6e664a-d83b-4c67-b9b5-47e8c97ad3a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Naturally it was the most expensive one I tried on, but I love it! And I can wear my basic black heels ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 19:12:04 EST Day 45: Cranking Up the Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095676 I am definitely getting my exercise in this weekend! I'm gonna be lucky if I can move, come Tuesday. :-) <BR> <BR> Didn't sleep well Friday night and was tired and cranky yesterday morning. But Paul said he'd take Kate to karate and walk the dog during class, so I decided to do some yoga since it had been a month since I last did it! Bad, bad. I was really feeling it, couldn't believe how stiff I was all over...I definitely need to get yoga back into my regular rotation. I was so glad ... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:18:19 EST Day 43: Yeah, Sure, I Have a Healthy Relationship with Food... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094341 Holy cow, I haven't blogged since Tues?! I'm just having a super busy week at work. I'm putting together a couple of oversight hearings and the background paper for one has been a bear - we're compiling a matrix of all the programs this one agency oversees, and they've been stonewalling us like crazy - I think they're really nervous about having all that info out there publicly. But it's kind of funny...I think their theory is that if they give us enough grief, we'll throw up our hands and... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:36:48 EST