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 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 Day 191: "Hawaii" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385678 This morning, my boss cracked, "I think we should call you 'Hawaii' now, because you're Five-Oh!" <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Of course, that just made me want to go to Hawaii! <BR> <BR> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I had a good birthday, though a little busier than I had planned. I was going to do a nice yoga workout yesterday morning, but 5 minutes after Paul and Bam-Bam left for a walk, they were back...apparently someone dumped a couple of kittens at the temple a few... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:27:54 EST Day 189: I Impressed Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384932 Went for a bike ride this morning...a little longer than I'd planned, but just over an hour (1 hr 3 min, to be exact). But I was shocked when I got home and looked at my phone and saw the total - 12.48 miles!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've ridden that far before (though not often!), but never in that little time. I guess I'm getting more fit, even if the weight isn't coming off like I want it to! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> I actually have managed to lose the extra f... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 17:56:56 EST Day 187: Yogahhhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384092 Got a good yoga workout in this morning for a change - felt great! <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> In 4-1/2 weeks, I'll be at the River, woo hoo!!!! I am soooo ready for a vacation. A week of hanging out on the deck and the beach, soaking up some sun (or shade, in my case), reading a trash novel or magazine, and sipping some sangria, sounds fantastic right now. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> Man, how did it get to be July already? I can't believe my birthday is already here ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 13:41:40 EST Day 186: Back to the Grind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383668 Back at work today, man it was hard to get here. Went to bed way too late on Monday night because Paul crashed early and was snoring super loud (remnants of a cold that just won't leave). Then last night there were still tons of people setting off fireworks at 11:30, I couldn't believe it. I guess a lot of people don't have to work today! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow...took a rest day yesterday but today I got out and did a little C25K-ing, though I only got 10 minutes of... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 13:28:00 EST Day 184: Almost the Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382949 Hmmmm, I posted a quick blog this morning but I just realized it never actually posted. Well, that's not very nice! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow....worked my butt off for 6 hours yesterday and I've been cranking all day today. I can't believe it's 4:30 already, this day has flown. Unfortunately I'll likely be here for several more hours, so I can take tomorrow off. The bummer is that I won't totally be able to relax tomorrow, knowing I have another crazy long day ahead on... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 19:40:25 EST Day 183: Work Work Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382419 Well, it's 10:20 am and I'm getting settled in at work, ugh. This will be my last weekend of working for quite a while though, which I am very happy about! And this way I can take the 4th off. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a lost cause, sigh. I got a good walk in with the dog, and then I picked up Kate from her sleepover and we made the schlep out to the 'burbs for her therapy appt. (She's done with the intensive outpatient treatment program, but she'll have to go... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 13:30:03 EST Day 181: Yum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381719 Ugh, terrible night's sleep...as soon as I went to bed, my brain started churning about work and it took me FOREVER to fall asleep. And when I finally did, I had bizarre dreams...then I woke up in the middle of the night and started thinking about work again. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Paul was up at some crazy hour, 5 something, to go play a 36-hole golf tournament today. (Needless to say, his work schedule is not as ridiculous as mine right now). I managed to doze on and off t... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:34:00 EST Day 180: Hanging In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381255 Soooo tempted to sleep in this morning, but I got my butt out of bed and onto my bike and managed nearly 7 miles. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> Such a pretty morning, and nice and cool. I don't know how people manage evening workouts this time of year - in Sacramento, our peak heat is from about 4-6, so a workout after work can be pretty miserable! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I felt super fat in the workout clothes I put on, so I thought about changing but then I thought ... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:45:49 EST Day 179: Tunnel Vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380855 Soooooo close to the end of the tunnel, but man, it feels far away right now. My analyses for our last big hearing have to be done by Thursday morning, and I'm going to be working a LOT of hours between now and then. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Really didn't want to get out of bed this morning, but I knew that both physically and mentally I needed to. So Bam-Bam and I got about 2-1/2 miles in. Beautiful morning in the park, glad I did it. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Do... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:35:53 EST Day 178: Gassed....Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380466 Geez, once again, I felt fine during the morning workout, but spent the rest of the morning feeling gassed. This happened the other day too, after a bike ride but everything seemed fine over the weekend. I guess I'm still fighting the bug that both Paul and Kate have gotten? Weird. I just finished more than half of a chicken burrito and that definitely helped. Gonna try to stay hydrated the rest of the day, that seems to make a big difference too. <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> A... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:10:51 EST Day 177: New Week, Bring it On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379906 The first thing I thought when I woke up this morning was no! I need another day on my weekend! One more weekend where I'll need to work, though, and then I should be back to a normal schedule for a while. Yay! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Got about 2-1/2 miles in with Bam-Bam this morning. Not even 60 when I got up, I couldn't believe it! In the 100s last week, not even supposed to hit 90 today. Weird. But I'll take it! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got a ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:20:33 EST Day 175: It's Saturday So I Must Be at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379208 Well, here I am in my office at 2:30 on Saturday, though I'm about to wrap things up and get out of here. Next weekend should be the last one I have to work for a while. But I've gotten a lot done today, so that's good - I got in around 11:45, so not too bad. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Haven't been feeling great the past day or so, I think I'm fighting Paul's thing. Kate's pretty congested so she seems to have it, but hopefully she won't end up with the fever that hit him. She ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:27:33 EST Day 174: Good for What Ails You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378765 Had a great evening with my friend last night but boy, did I feel that wine when I woke up this morning! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> But since I skipped the workout yesterday, I had to get up and go today. I got on my bike and actually got a little over 8 miles in. Kind of amazing considering how I felt when I started, but I felt surprisingly good when I finished. Guess exercise is good for a mild hangover! <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> I'm getting a bit of a breather at... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:34:43 EST Day 173: Dinner Plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378427 I was dragging all day yesterday and clearly I was tired, because this morning when the alarm went off at 6, I rolled right back over and went to sleep and Paul had to wake me up at 7! I do feel a little more human today, so I guess it helped. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> So, no workout today, but that's okay, it's my first rest day since last Saturday. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight I am actually going to leave work at 5, because I'm having dinner with a good friend... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:07:48 EST Day 172: Surviving the Sick Ward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377940 And another one bites the dust...now Kate is sick. She's got something different though - while Paul is still super congested (he's had it for a good week now), she had a stomach and back ache all day yesterday, and no appetite, and threw up around 9:30 last night. Thankfully that was it, she slept through the night after that - though she barged into our bedroom around 5am asking for tylenol and ice water, sigh. Again, I'm just hoping I don't get it! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:56:17 EST Day 171: Changin', Not Complainin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377477 Lordy I'm tired today...vacation is feeling VERY far away right now. But in 6-1/2 weeks, I will head to our favorite family place, the Russian River. Can't wait!! Relaxing, reading, drinking sangria, kayaking....it all sounds soooo good right now. <BR> <BR> Hey, no kayaking emoticon! Boo! <BR> <BR> Anyhow....this is my new mantra: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74cb0edb-cb2e-44e0-b36b-37a77f5e73e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I reminded myself of it yesterday every time... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:05:34 EST Day 170: Getting on Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377129 So, the pants are getting tighter so it is time to actually do something about it! Got on my bike this morning (note that it was already 76 degrees at 6am!) and got 7 miles in. Good start to the day - hot, but a pretty morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92df2bce-7c4c-4365-b904-1144734c6f9f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had eggs and toast for breakfast - I've been slipping lately and doing peanut butter toast a lot, but today I had scrambled eggs (substitute) and toast... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:52:57 EST Day 168: Working on Saturday, Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376362 Taking a quick break at work to blog...yes, sigh, it's 2:30 Saturday and I've been at work for about three hours. Third Saturday in a row, ugh. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm getting a lot done though - I feel like I've finally gotten my focus back, which is a relief. All the stuff with Kate was so overwhelming for a while that I was really having trouble concentrating and buckling down when I needed to. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I was bad, no workout today. Got woke... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:40:57 EST Day 167: Hot Hot HOT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375922 Holy cow, I haven't blogged since Tuesday?! It's just been that kind of week = nuts. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Summer has arrived - it's supposed to hit 100 today and get all the way up to 110 by midweek! I can't remember the last time it got that hot - it regularly gets to 102, maybe 104, but we haven't had temps above that in years. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The good news is, yesterday was Kate's last day of therapy!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:16:05 EST Day 164: Running! (Gasp) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374754 This morning, I decided to take some inspiration from SUGIRL's "summer C25K challenge," and I did some running! <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> Holy cow, I haven't run since like March...my legs are super tired, LOL! I just did a Couch to 5K, Week 1, workout - run 1 min, walk 1-1/2. I lost count of exactly how many runs I did, but I know I got a good 10 min in total (2.5 miles total). <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Crazy day...an 11:15 meeting this morning lasted till noon, ... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:08:44 EST Day 163: Another Home Improvement Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374174 Busy weekend...I set a very ambitious to-do list for myself and of course didn't get through all of it, but I got through enough of it that I'm happy. Probably would have exhausted myself completely if I'd actually knocked it all out! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Kate and I went to Lowe's yesterday to start looking at paint and carpet samples. This summer we're embarking on another home improvement project...the guest room is LONG overdue for new paint and carpet (it's been over a... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:09:12 EST Day 161: Great News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373360 Hey, I'm blogging two days in a row! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Of course, it's mostly because I just got in to work and I'm procrastinating on actually diving in. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow....we got AMAZING news yesterday....next week will be Kate's last week of therapy! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I slept in till about 7 this morning, which was nice. I'm still getting woken up at dawn every morning by the damn mockingbird, but to... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:37:20 EST Day 160: Just Keep Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372995 Whew, what a busy week. Work is getting pretty crazy, and the two hours a day I have to be out to schlep Kate to or from therapy (Paul and I trade off depending on our schedules) is really wreaking havoc with my workload and schedule. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> All worth it though - it's amazing, the dramatic improvements we're seeing! She successfully did "exposure tests" three evenings this week - ordered for herself at a restaurant on Monday, talked to an employee when we go... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 14:33:09 EST Day 158: Keeping My Head Above Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372130 Lordy, I have not been good about daily blogging lately! Just too much going on. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Therapy is going REALLY well, Kate seems to have really turned a corner all at once. She hasn't had a meltdown since last Wednesday - the longest we've gone in quite a while without one - and we're having a really easy time getting her to therapy every day now. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Paul and I attended a "family day" session yesterday, which was r... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:48:34 EST Day 155: Sunday Funday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370820 Whew, busy weekend. I went into work yesterday for about four hours, ugh...I had planned on several hours but I didn't get as much done as I'd wanted to, having trouble focusing - I think everything with Kate and all just catching up to me. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I also felt weirdly gassed all day yesterday. I was afraid I was getting sick or something but I'm fine today so maybe I was just tired. Plus, once in a while I get side effects from the arthritis meds (I take Enbre... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:51:24 EST Day 153: Turning a Corner, Hopefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370014 It's Friday! Though I'm going to be at work for a big chunk of time tomorrow...we're really hitting the busy time, and taking a couple hours off every day to deal with getting Kate to and from therapy (Paul and I generally trade off with drop-off and pickup) is taking a toll. But I think we've finally turned a corner - the therapist gave Kate a "plan" for getting and keeping herself calm before coming to each session, and yesterday and today we had no incident getting her there. Woo hoo! ... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 18:09:20 EST Day 151: Growing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369133 I have not been good about my daily blogging lately...life just getting in the way. Things are pretty tough right now - therapy for Kate has been a very rocky road. She does pretty well while she's there, and she's great after, but she keeps going into full-blown panic attacks and meltdowns at the prospect of it so getting here there is a huge traumatic thing every day. Really, really hoping it gets easier. The good thing is, the therapist seems to be establishing a rapport with her, whic... Wed, 31 May 2017 18:13:33 EST Day 148: 100 Miles!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367710 Soooo happy for a three-day weekend after such an exhausting week! Especially since I'm diving into my super busy time at work....I'm going to really take this weekend OFF since it'll likely be my last work-free weekend for a month or so. Loving it! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's also Kate's birthday weekend! She'll turn 13 on Monday...obviously it's been coming, but I am still having trouble wrapping my brain around the fact that she'll be a TEENAGER. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em>... Sun, 28 May 2017 12:49:07 EST Day 146: She Is Strong, but She Is Exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366895 Got a nearly 10-mile bike ride in this morning! I was soo tired, but I panicked when I realized that there are only a few days left in May - I want to beat my 100-mile goal! I did 100.4 miles last year, and even if I only get to 101, I want to do that. Just on general principle. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I am now at 88.7 miles, so I know I'll make it - I'll get at least one ride in this weekend, and I can ride on the 31st to get those last miles in. <BR> <BR> <em>33... Fri, 26 May 2017 12:12:03 EST Day 144: Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366086 Tough week - Kate started therapy and it hasn't been easy, but I think we're making progress. Monday was mostly filling out paperwork (insurance forms and stuff for us, assessment forms for Kate). She did really great, and was fine all evening, then had a huge hourlong meltdown at bedtime which was pretty awful. It was tough getting her back there yesterday but they're really amazing - Paul went in and talked to one of the therapists and she brought the office dog down to the car and had K... Wed, 24 May 2017 13:02:46 EST Day 142: Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365220 Missed my blog yesterday, oops! Will have to catch you all up. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I got out for a good bike ride. It was already 70 at 8:30am! Definitely a hot one. I rode up through Discovery Park and found a pretty little crossing: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0eb20c7-8711-491a-9ee2-030930eb27c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think next weekend I'll throw my bike on the rack and drive up to Discovery Park - the trail is so pretty... Mon, 22 May 2017 14:08:42 EST Day 139: Fun Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364459 My brother was here visiting for a couple days, and last night my dad and his girlfriend came over and we all had dinner in the backyard. Our first outside dinner of the year, it was sooooo nice. Paul picked up some corn on the cob at the store on the way home and it was excellent! Surprised us, seems a little early for corn. I LOVE corn on the cob, I wish we could eat it year round! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today we all went wine tasting up in Amador County. Just a perfect... Sat, 20 May 2017 19:35:53 EST Day 138: Looking Foward to the Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363983 Paul is finally back on the exercise track today (he had a basal cell removed from his face last week), so he took the pooch for a walk today and I got a yoga workout in. Felt great, I really have not been going about stretching lately. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> So happy it's Friday! Busy weekend ahead, but fun busy. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My brother came into town yesterday for a few days (he lives in Seattle). He flew in late afternoon yesterday and had din... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:25:25 EST Day 137: The Dog's in Charge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363585 Got a good walk in with the pooch this morning, about 2-1/2 miles. She's so funny...she was acting poky for the first part of the walk, but then when we hit the big loop she headed right to go all way around the loop, instead of left to go the short route. She always knows what she wants! The dog's in charge. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> When we were walking, I saw a bunch of Comcast/Xfinity workers unloading coolers and stuff at one of the picnic areas. Looked like a company pi... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:02:23 EST Day 136: Morning Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363141 Ugh, I'm dragging today. But I got 7 miles in on my bike this morning! Beautiful morning for a bike ride. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88725ca2-c793-402e-b483-123fa59cb04e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the reasons I like morning workouts is that it's so lovely and peaceful at 6am. Granted, it's a lot easier in spring than in dead of winter when it's cold and dark! But as hard as it is to drag myself out of bed at 6am, I love getting it out of the way first thing. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:31:19 EST Day 135: Wacky Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362771 The pooch and I got a good walk in this morning - she was raring to go after a couple days off! <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> I got another bike ride in yesterday morning, which brought me to 50.6 miles for May - halfway to my goal! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The weather is soooooo weird here....it's been pretty cool the past couple days, and when I was out at lunch just now, it was sprinkling! So bizarre! Usually we're into the 90s by now. Though it's supposed to hit ... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:07:19 EST Day 134: Mother's Day and a Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362261 Never posted yesterday, oops. Never exercised yesterday either, though I was so sore from everything I did Saturday, I think I needed a rest day! My hams are still feeling it - I think I was really throwing my weight into it when I was yanking out those big overgrown plants, didn't realize I was working quite that hard. Can't believe I'm still sore! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went to the Whole Earth Festival in Davis for a couple hours. it's really fun - kind of a... Mon, 15 May 2017 12:54:09 EST Day 133: Pooped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361492 Wow, has this ended up being an active day...a little more than I'd planned! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Starting off, I got to sleep till 7:30 - woo hoo! Paul picked up his parents at the airport last night, and they decided they just wanted to get home and sleep in their own bed, so they didn't spend the night here after all. Which meant we were back to one dog, which makes for better sleep for all of us! <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> I took Bam-Bam for a good walk this ... Sat, 13 May 2017 17:50:26 EST Day 132: Rock Star Parenting ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361042 Got a good bike ride in this morning, so now I"m at 43.8 miles for May - almost halfway to my 100-mile goal! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> So, we had a real fun dentist appointment for Kate yesterday...really made me feel like a rock star parent...is the sarcasm coming through? <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So, this was her first dentist appt since she got braces. She's been slacking a lot on the brushing, and she drinks way too much fizzy water, and some soda, but we've go... Fri, 12 May 2017 12:45:08 EST Day 131: Creature Features http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360637 Scotty (my in-laws' dog) was super restless again last night, kept pacing around the bedroom. Argh...I'm a light sleeper, and he just kept waking me up and/or keeping me awake. Then at dawn, I heard him scratching away at something so I made him get up on the bed with us. But then I kept hearing the scratching, and I realized crap, there's something in our bedroom! Aieeeee! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So at 5:30 I finally woke Paul up - who of course had been snoring through all... Thu, 11 May 2017 12:20:44 EST