ERIN1128's SparkPeople Blog ERIN1128's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community S-S-S-Saturday Scale was slightly DOWN this morning, YAY! No idea why, I haven't exercised at all. Except for physical therapy exercises, but ab work isn't exactly calories burning. I'll take it though. Actually, I think part of it is that I'm taking full tramadol tablets now (I was taking half of one before), and it suppresses my appetite a bit. And of course I am trying to eat well. <BR> <BR> As for the acupuncture results...the bruises from the cupping are subsiding, and my hip is feeling better. ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:17:45 EST Teeth, Acupuncture, Cupping girl has been complaining about tooth pain in a couple of upper teeth, so I took her to the orthodontist this morning. Turns out, she has to have four teeth pulled! =:-0 <BR> <BR> The ortho had warned us about this - Kate is missing a bunch of permanent teeth (like me and my brother), and now her remaining baby teeth are "sinking" because there are no adult teeth behind them. So they all have to go, and then they'll put in "spacers" to keep the teeth on either side from c... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:20:51 EST Thurs Thankfully I am feeling MUCH better today. The last couple days have been awful, particularly yesterday. I got down on the floor yesterday morning to try to do my exercises, and I couldn't do any of them, they all hurt. Then it took me a good 10 minutes to get back up off the floor, literally, because I couldn't find a way to do it that didn't cause me horrendous pain! It was just awful. And it just hurt so much all day, I don't know how I managed to get myself to work. But I seem to ha... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:33:24 EST Monday, Oops Tuesday The bad thing about 3-day weekends is that then you're screwed up for the rest of the week on what day it is, LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm so frustrated, my back is just horrible today - it was spasming (is that a word?) on and off all morning. Ughhhhh. I feel like it should be getting better by now, but instead it seems like I'm having more bad days than good, which is pretty depressing. So again, no exercise today. :-p It's really frustrating that movement hurts - always before, walking or runn... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:33:54 EST Monday/MLK Day Lots of folks have been posting MLK quotes on FB today...I like this one particularly: <BR> <BR> "I have decided to stick with &#8234;love&#8236;. Hate is too great a burden to bear." <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, it's been a very busy weekend...don't know why I thought I was going to get some down time, sheesh! Got lots done on Saturday, and Paul and I did get out for a nice dinner that evening while my dad took Kate shopping at Barnes and Noble (xmas present). Yesterday morning I spen... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:56:43 EST Saturday of a 3-Dayer I started to blog yesterday but got sidetracked and never got back to it! Let's see, where was I... <BR> <BR> I turned the corner on back pain on Wed, and physical therapy on Thurs morning helped too. Much better the past couple days...though unfortunately, all the parents got drafted into a dodgeball game at the end of Kate's karate class this morning, and although I felt fine while I was doing it, I'm definitely hurting more since. :-p Not so much the jumping around, but the constant b... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:54:01 EST Sit-Stand Stations - Cool! I just went up to Senate Budget Committee to check out their "sit/stand" work stations. Pretty cool! One has a table that moves up and down, one has a high table with a high chair so she either stands or sits on the chair, and a couple others have a desktop one that moves up so you can stand at it. Basically a push of a button and it pops up, super easy! That was the thing I'd really wondered about, how much of a pain it would be to move up and down. <BR> <BR> I then stopped at the Capit... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:46:00 EST Back Pain Wearing Me Down :-( Had a nice weekend with my brother and his girlfriend (and my dad)...we went to Clarksburg on Saturday to a place that has a bunch of wine tasting rooms - really pretty drive through the Delta - and on Sunday morning Kate took us around the Zoo. ;-) I haven't worked out since Friday, but Kate and I did an hour of so of door-to-door for Girl Scout cookies on Saturday morning and again on Sunday evening, plus we walked to the Zoo and back. No actual exercise though. <BR> <BR> Here's a great... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:51:22 EST Friday! Got a fairly short walk in today - Bam-Bam is still a little gimpy so I didn't want to push it too much. Not sure what's going on there...hopefully we can avoid a vet visit! So, only 1.4 miles. <BR> <BR> Last night I was on karate duty. The junior black belts learned how to slice someone's head off! Kate was quite gleeful about it. ;-) <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm FINALLY getting my hair done - it's driving me nuts, I need a cut so badly, plus I'm completely gray on top, argh...I was supposed... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:33:41 EST Thursday Is it Friday yet? Well, almost. :-) <BR> <BR> Super gassed this morning, for some reason. We decided to give Bam-Bam a rest, since she's been a little gimpy, so I was unencumbered this morning and had no excuse not to run. But I just had nothing. :-p I got about 5 minutes of running in, 2.3 miles total, which I guess is worth something. <BR> <BR> But I feel like too often I'm rationalizing that my workout was "better than staying in bed," or "better than sitting on the couch," inste... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:33:48 EST Finally Started Physical Therapy Today... Better start to the day was Paul's turn to walk Bam-Bam, so I got out and did some running - 12 minutes total (ran 1-1/2 minutes, walked 2). <BR> <BR> Finally had my first physical therapy appointment this morning...I'll have two more, it looks like, plus she said she may send me to a "back class," whatever that is. <BR> <BR> I was somewhat surprised that the exercises she gave me are much lower-impact than what I've been doing. I told her I've been doing lots of crunches, sin... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:49:29 EST Rough Morning Had kind of an awful morning workout today. I was in terrible pain all day yesterday from my back, with a headache besides because I needed an adjustment (I got into the chiro this morning, thank goodness). Rough evening, though I did sleep okay. Anyhow, I took Bam-Bam out for a walk and it did NOT go well. <BR> <BR> First, she took a dump in a very dark part of the park, and as I was wrestling with figuring out where it was and getting it bagged up, a jogger with a dog came up behind us.... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:57:18 EST Monday and Back At It! Back to the "real world" today...the new legislative session has started, and the two new staffers in our office are now with us. On the one hand, I'm so sad that Mark and Carrie left, and freaked out by how much institutional memory walked out the door with them...on the other hand, change can be good and two fresh people coming in brings a certain level of excitement. <BR> <BR> My back flared up again yesterday afternoon, was so good on vacation (other than the hellish 10-hour p... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:54:25 EST Almost Back to Real Life So, tomorrow the legislative session begins, holidays and time off end, and "real life" officially kicks in once again. Which is always a little bit of a relief - much as I enjoy the holidays, it's time to get back into the routine of daily life, however hectic it may be! <BR> <BR> Not that yesterday was relaxing - we got like 8 loads of laundry done, I kid you not! And figured out dinners for the week, grocery shopped, bathed the dog, you name it. We all did great till about 4pm, then ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:13:52 EST London Pics I thought I'd post a few pics from vacation, now that I've gotten them downloaded... <BR> <BR> This was inside the Natural History Museum - gorgeous building!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tower Bridge, from the Tower of London: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Big Ben, from the "river bus": <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 20:25:01 EST Back from London! We're back! Got to bed around 10:30pm local time, which was something like 4am London time, oy...but we all slept straight through till 7:00 this morning, felt sooo good! I think it's the best night's sleep I've had since we left - I just never really got on London time. <BR> <BR> The great news is, my weight is DOWN!!!! I don't really know whether to believe it, since my clothes still feel tight, but I'll take it. ;-) I'm not totally surprised - on the one hand, I didn't work out at ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 12:42:00 EST Merry Christmas Eve! Paul and Kate are experimenting with a "chocolate trifle" - we usually do the traditional berry type (Paul's grandmother's recipe), but Kate asked for something different. It's looking pretty darn yummy!!! That'll be tomorrow's dessert. <BR> <BR> Last night we made the grasshopper pies, which will be tonight's dessert. Yup, it's crazy dessert time of year, LOL! <BR> <BR> Got nearly 2 miles in this morning, but just walking, I wasn't feeling the running today. At least I got out and move... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:30:12 EST Last Day of Work for 2014! Today is my last day of work till January 5th, woo hoo! <BR> <BR> My new boss is starting today, so that's kind of nice - we can start forward progress before the break. Such a relief to have all the unknowns out of the way after this month of uncertainty - our new chief starts today, our other new consultant starts January 2nd, and we had a conference call with our new Chair the other day (we'll meet with him in person the first week of January, when the legislative session starts). <BR>... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:23:38 EST Nuclear Kid Meltdown Oh lordy, where to begin. How about with exercise...I took Saturday off but took the pooch out for 2.6 miles yesterday. This morning I was exhausted - didn't get to bed till nearly midnight, more on that in a minute - so I decided to try for 6 minutes of running. Don't know why I picked that number, other than that it's about half of what I've been running. Continued my run 1-1/2 minutes, walk 2 (I know, I really need to start increasing!), but my walks today were more like 2-1/2 - 3. Bu... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:17:55 EST Friday Well, I started on the tramadol last night - half of one at bedtime, the other half when I got up - and it is HUGELY helping with the pain. Woooooo hoooooooooo!!!! I can't tell you how nice it is to be at a 2 or 3 pain level, as opposed to an 8 or 10. I was feeling funky for a little while this morning, but I think maybe that's because I took it on an empty stomach...the doc said I should take it with food, but I'm so used to just taking my pills when I get up (I work out, then eat breakfa... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:45:18 EST MRI Followup with Doc Saw the doc this morning to go over the results of the MRI test. SUPER helpful! I probably screwed up her schedule for the entire day, because she spent a full half hour with me, but it was just great. She went through all the results with me, walked through all the treatment options, etc. etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Basically, I have four problem discs - the four lowest, right down to my tailbone. Two of them (the two lowest) are bulging badly enough to cause "nerve impingement" (pinched nerv... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:14:14 EST One Week till Christmas, Yiiiiikes! I'm not ready, aaaaaaagh! How can it possibly be only a week till Christmas??? <BR> <BR> I did get a pile of presents wrapped on Monday evening, so at least our tree looks respectable now. :-) But I still have shopping to do - not looking forward to venturing out the weekend before xmas, but I don't think I'll be able to avoid it. Though I have a mammogram at 3:15 today and I think I can get away with not coming back to work afterward...I may try to zip over to the mall for a quick hit... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:51:01 EST Back Issues, Greek Yogurt, Sick Kid, No More Cavities How's that for a blog title? Get your attention? LOL! <BR> <BR> Had a rough day yesterday with the back pain, but thankfully it eased up by bedtime and I got a decent night's sleep. But I tell you, if the doc offers me a cortisone shot on Thursday, I'm taking it! It would be blissful to have even a couple days without pain, at this point. <BR> <BR> I talked to my chiropractor yesterday about the MRI results and she said they'll probably prescribe physical therapy, which I"m basically ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:31:07 EST Monday, the Back Verdict, and Rain Lordy, my back is bad! I was doing okay this weekend, since I was on my feet a lot, but yesterday evening I was laying on the couch and the dog jumped on me. OY. Had a terrible night, just couldn't get comfortable. :-( <BR> <BR> I got my MRI results this morning - several bulging discs and, therefore, nerve impingement. Which explains all the pain! The good news is, from what we could find online it doesn't sound like it will require surgery. The bad news is, I don't see the doc till ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:44:59 EST Weekend Didn't sleep well again last night, back was really bugging me. :-( Then I woke up super early, and I was having a horrible time getting back to sleep, especially after the dog jumped up on the bed. But I guess I did get back to sleep because Kate woke us both up when she came clomping in at 7:30. (Amazing how one kid can sound like a herd of elephants!) <BR> <BR> After breakfast, I got some running in. HARD. I'm used to going first thing, on an empty stomach, so I felt a little sluggi... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:51:25 EST Friday! So, thankfully the MRI last night turned out to be WAY easier than last time...they told me it was 20 minutes, it didn't even feel that long! Really a nice surprise. I think it was actually easier, knowing what I was in for this time. And of course, it was shorter - last time it was more like an hour and I was pretty disoriented when I came out, from the godawful racket that thing makes. I was a tad woozy when I came out last night, but I shook it off quickly. Very happy to have that ove... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:39:23 EST Storm of the Century...Not Well it's nearly 4:30 and I have not only survived driving to Davis and back for a conference (about a half hour each way), but I have survived all the rain and wind. Sheesh! The hype around this storm has been'd think we'd never seen rain and wind before!!! I mean, yes, they're flooding in a couple towns in the North Bay Area, but nothing but the usual street flooding in Sacramento. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, sitting most of the day just about killed my back, I kept having to g... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:21:29 EST Wed Whew, what an emotional roller coaster the past week or two have been at work! Things are just so crazy. The good news is, leadership has ok'd hiring the person we want to hire for the junior consultant position, and it looks like we'll be able to make the offer to her today. Yay! Of course, then we have the fun task of calling/visiting the folks who didn't get it. I know, we could blow them off, but we don't believe in that - there is nothing more frustrating than being left in limbo, a... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:41:02 EST Tuesday Didn't have a lot of time for a workout this morning, for a variety of reasons, but I decided a short run/walk workout was better than a yoga workout - trying to get that running in right now! I bumped up from run 1 minute, walk 2, to run 1-1/2 minute, walk 2. Obviously I was due, because it really wasn't any harder to run 1-1/2. I only got 8 minutes in, since my time was limited, but hey, better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Had a quiet evening at home last night, just Kate and I since Paul go... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:13:04 EST My Appointment with the Dietician So, my long-awaited appointment with the nutritionist, dietician, whatever she's called, was this morning. The good - and bad - news is that she doesn't think my diet is very out of whack. I know, that's good, but I want a silver bullet to fix everything, right? <BR> <BR> I told her about my frustrations with weight gain, and she noted that I weighed in at 185 in May and at 194 today (note that I was fully dressed and wearing a coat and boots today!). <BR> <BR> She said basically I ne... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:41:52 EST Sunday Night and I am Beat Whew, what a busy day it has been! But I guess I should pick up where I left off. Let's see, we took my dad to lunch yesterday, which was nice. Then we hit the grocery store and I know we did another errand but I honestly can't remember right now what it was! Came home and got stuff done around the house, and crashed out for the evening. <BR> <BR> This morning, I got a little over an hour of raking in, and helped Kate give the guinea pigs a bath (yeah, that was an adventure)'s wha... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:17:59 EST Man What a Week This week has been so nuts at work, I don't even know where to begin. Long story short, my boss is leaving, and I am NOT being promoted to her position. Leadership is concerned because I've only been at the committee for two years...apparently the other 23 years I've been in and around the Capitol don't count for anything. D'oh! The really funny part is that every single staffer and lobbyist I have run into, once they hear the news, immediately say, "so you're going to be chief now, right... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:23:09 EST Thurs Skipped the workout yesterday - just couldn't face the pouring rain again! But this morning I got the pooch out for a 2.81-mile, 50-minute walk so that felt good. And I only got sprinkled on, no real rain. <BR> <BR> My back is doing better, but I think it's more the fact that I'm taking a lot more ibuprofen now (per doc 's suggestion) than any improvement. I am doing my best to take care of it though. <BR> <BR> It's just madness at work right now, so many big changes going on. My bo... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:16:47 EST Rain, MRI, Changes POURING rain this morning when we woke up - hard enough that we could actually hear it, didn't have to look out the window! Of course Paul wussed out on walking the dog again - he didn't go yesterday because it was raining, and it was a light rain. I told him look, if she goes two days without a walk, she'll destroy the house today...he said yeah, I understand that, but she doesn't like walking in the rain any more than I do. <BR> <BR> yes, I took her, and it absolutely poured ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:23:02 EST Monday and December! Wow, December Kate's advent calendar together last night and was ready to go this morning, so that was a good start to a Monday! <BR> <BR> The bad start, however, was that Accuweather wasn't supposed to rain today, and the current forecast said fog when I got up...but five minutes in, it started pouring. UGH. I was just far enough along that I didn't want to backtrack to grab my baseball cap...I don't mind going out in the rain, but I hate my face getting wet! Especial... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:26:07 EST I've Broken the Barrier...of Shame Well, it finally happened, the thing I've been trying for so long to avoid - I broke the dreaded 190 barrier. Scale read 190.6 this morning. WAAAAAAAH! I've been creeping up, despite all my efforts to stop it, but I was really hoping that the extra running and stuff would help keep me from going over the top with Thanksgiving. Apparently not though. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I have a nutritionist appt soon, I'm really interested to see what I learn from that. Hopefully something useful! Becau... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:52:30 EST Only Saturday! So nice that we still have an entire weekend ahead! I'm getting spoiled with all the time off lately. But I have to take advantage, this time of year, since it's slow at work...from January to July I hardly ever get to take a day off. So we all take as much time as we can in the fall! <BR> <BR> Just got a good workout in...2.84 miles, with 10 minutes of running. Yay! I'm dying because I wore a baseball cap in case I got caught in the rain, but it's kind of warm and humid out there and t... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:37:02 EST The Day After It's 9:30am and I just finally finished the last of the cleanup from yesterday, whew! Except for putting away the card table, which we added onto the dining table to make more room for food and all. But the tablecloths, etc. are all in the wash, and all the dishes are either done, in the dishwasher, or handwashed and put away (e.g., china). <BR> <BR> It was a nice day, though the turkey was a bit of a disappointment. Unfortunately, a piece (tail?) apparently fell off and ended up catching... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:48:01 EST Thanksgiving Here's the quote I posted on my Facebook page today...good to be reminded of what this holiday is all about: <BR> <BR> The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. <BR> ~H.U. Westermayer <BR> <BR> Got my back adjusted yesterday, which helped somewhat but not as much as I'd hoped. Slept okay - woke up every time I needed to roll over, because it hurt! Argh. <BR> <BR> But this m... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:33:10 EST T Minus 1 Just got back from the back has been HORRENDOUS this week. I can hardly bend over to tie my shoes, and every time I sit for more than ten minutes I get so locked up that I have to walk around for a few minutes till I loosen up enough to stop whimpering with pain. Arrrrrgh. My chiropractor isn't sure what's going on...I'm just frustrated. Hopefully the adjustment will help. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I'm putting together a bunch of yoga stretches and ab exercise... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:05:21 EST Busy Weekend but a Quiet Week Whew, what an active weekend this turned out to be! I didn't actually work out either day, but I feel like I got a lot of movement in. <BR> <BR> Friday night, we had friends over for dinner, which was great. Saturday morning, Paul took Kate to karate and my Girl Scout co-leader and I met with the library folks about our service project. We finally have a plan, yay! <BR> <BR> Saturday afternoon, Paul and I spent three solid hours tackling the kitchen (Operation Deep Clean continues). W... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:02:10 EST Black Friday...A Different Version Tough day here in the Senate today...the new head of personnel is meeting with several offices and word is that they are all getting either heavily cut, or eliminated altogether. One of the offices is where I used to work, and I still have friends there...the meeting is happening right now and I'm stressing for them. :-( This is absolutely unprecedented, but I've been hearing for a while that the Senate budget is in trouble, and I think the old head of personnel was just here way too long a... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:51:30 EST Thursday Wow, Thanksgiving is a week from today!!! Can't believe how fast fall has flown by. It's so pretty outside right now though, we're finally getting lots of fall color. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Last night Paul took Kate to karate, I had the monthly Girl Scout leader meeting. I actually had to speak at this one...I made the mistake last month of suggesting how we structure our meetings, and how we deal with various challenges (like keeping the gir... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:10:41 EST Wednesday Wow, I haven't posted since Friday? Things have been hopping. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see...quiet weekend, which was nice. Got a good 45 minutes of raking in on Saturday morning, took Bam-Bam for a 3.1-mile walk on Sunday morning. Otherwise, watched a lot of football, ran some errands, nothing exciting. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Took Monday off - spent the morning chaperoning Kate's class field trip to the State Indian Museum, which is part of Sutter's Fort... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:59:15 EST Friday Yay, it's Friday! Sadly, this is the second day in a row I have not worked out - HIGHLY unusual for me, but yesterday morning it was pouring rain, and today I had to be out early for a meeting. I'll need to make up for it this weekend! I definitely have plenty of raking to do, that'll be one of my workouts. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Had our parent-teacher conference yesterday afternoon, got a glowing review as usual. Nice that... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:34:46 EST Healthier Than I Think? This morning I had an annual, physical, and flu shot, the whole shebang. And scheduled a mammogram, plus I need to go in for bloodwork for cholesterol testing (gotta fast for that so I couldn't do it today). Hadn't done any of it in several years - last time I was in she said everything was good and I didn't need to come back for a while. The good news is, everything looks good! Of course, I don't have test results yet, but she didn't see any issues. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:41:40 EST Wed Back to work - sooo weird, to have a holiday in the middle of the week like that! But it was nice to have a day off - saw a good movie, got some reading time, and did some scrapbooking, yay! <BR> <BR> This morning I took Bam-Bam for a walk, a little over 2 miles. We're back to it barely being light when we start out, boo! But we're getting lots of fall color, with the cooler nights, and with the wind yesterday there's a lot of it on the ground! I'll have a big raking project this weekend... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:10:20 EST Veterans Day A big thank you to all those who have served, and are serving! My dad being one of them...he was an MP in Korea. He jokes that joining the Army was a raw deal - his brother joined the Navy and served his time "floating around the Mediterranean on a boat." LOL! <BR> <BR> Weird to have a day off on a Tuesday, but so be it. I got a good bike ride in this morning, yay! Then we took Kate and a friend to see "Book of Life," which was sooooo cool - absolutely incredible artwork, just beautiful... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:11:15 EST Monday Whoa, Spark changed up the blog view, that was a bit startling! Had to re-orient myself. ;-) <BR> <BR> Took a 2.3 miles walk with the pooch this morning, and much to my annoyance, when we got home and I went to take off her shock collar, it wasn't there! (Now please don't lecture me about shock collars - I hate them too, but it's the ONLY thing we've found that works when she reacts badly to another dog.) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I went out and drove the route three times but didn't spot it, ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:28:14 EST Saturday! It's Saturday, it's a GORGEOUS day, and the leaves are starting to turn, yay! I just took a bike ride - didn't want to but I'm so glad I did, felt really good to get out and move. I'm finally feeling human today! Slept hard last night, then the pooch rousted us early of course but I was able to get back to sleep once she settled down and slept till almost 8!!! Unheard of! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I got a 6.6 mile bike ride in - didn't break any land speed records, but I was pedaling the whole... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:58:19 EST