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/ Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770684 Let's see, where to begin. Well, the legislative session ended Friday night...or should I say Saturday morning? Yep, it went LOOOOONG...the Senate adjourned at 3:03am, shortly after the Assembly gavelled out. Extremely long day! <BR> <BR> I was really pretty good though. I stuck to a salad for lunch, and a granola bar in the afternoon. Around 7 we had dinner - I had three pieces of pizza and a little bit of wine, not even half a glass. (Yes, the last night of session is one big party!)... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:29:06 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769428 Well, today is HOPEFULLY the very last day of the legislative session...there is still some threat that we'll be here this weekend, but more likely we'll be here past midnight. I'd much rather just stay till we're done, and have my 3-dayer! <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> Got a very nice surprise yesterday when I went to check the class lists...we got a better teacher than we'd expected! Long story, but we had thought she'd be put into the 5/6 split, and instead she was put in an all-... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:36:03 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768741 Well, I was not as good at the goodbye party last night as I would have liked - I had one lettuce cup, one spring roll, and one potsticker, and two big glasses of wine. Ughhhh. I knew I shouldn't have that second, but it was hot and I wanted it - if I had any brains, I would have had a big glass of ice water after the first one. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Soooo tired this morning, but I dragged myself out for a 2-1/2 mile walk with Bam-Bam. Already warm out at that hour, it's going to be a scorc... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:53:08 EST Happy Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768076 So, my leg has been feeling really good - only bothering me the first few minutes of walks with Bam-Bam. So I decided that today I would get back to running! <BR> <BR> Only, as soon as I started out walking, my leg hurt. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I kept walking, thinking maybe it would loosen up, but it wasn't till I was about 20 minutes in that it started feeling better. <BR> <BR> So then I was faced with the choice - does this mean I'm now loose enough that it's okay to try... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:40:51 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767370 Bam-Bam was raring to go as usual, but threw up five minutes into the walk. :-( She was perky as ever afterward, but I decided not to push too hard and did a little slower walk today - hit 2.2 miles in 40 minutes (we've generally been doing about 2-1/2 miles in 35-40 minutes). <BR> <BR> Kate is having fun at Camp Grammy - she was emailing with Paul and I all day long, kind of funny but hey, whatever works! She is VERY excited this morning because Grammy is taking her shopping. I texted G... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:56:50 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766721 Well, yesterday was a tough evening. :-( We took Kate to Paul's parents' (for the week), and she usually loves spending time with them. But she got super teary as it got close to time for us to go, and begged us to stay at least till bedtime. She said that now that she has had "a bad experience away" (i.e., Girl Scout camp), she is afraid to be away. We spent a long time talking her through it, and finally got out of there, and we emailed with her later and she seemed to be doing okay by... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:20:46 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764992 Yay, it's Friday! And I am determined for my Saturday not to be as crazy busy as last Saturday, sheesh. Then on Sunday, we'll take Kate to Paul's parents for the week. :-( I'm sad, but I know she'll have lots of fun, and with next week being the last week of legislative session Paul and I are likely to have to work late a lot. <BR> <BR> Dentist appointment this morning, now I've got sore gums. :-p I may have to finally cave in, my hygienist keeps urging me to get a water pick. Hmmmm. ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:34:15 EST Thursday Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764266 So, my "salad for lunch every day" pledge has fallen by the wayside, because I was so frustrated at doing that for a couple weeks and not losing a single pound. I had intended to do it at least three days a week, but haven't had any this week, except for a side salad with dinner one night! =:-0 I am meeting a friend for lunch today, so I will make an effort to order salad. <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> But I have been sticking to my "mix it up" workout schedule. I'm liking the v... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:33:49 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763590 Bike ride today...unfortunately, as soon as I got outside I realized it was a bit windy, but fortunately it wasn't too bad so I ventured forth. Got nearly 8 miles in about 40 minutes, not bad. <BR> <BR> After being almost entirely pain-free yesterday, my knee was bugging me when I got up this morning, and a little more after the bike ride. Grrr, is this thing ever going to go away? It's a lot better though. I'm still icing it every night - probably should have iced this morning but I ran... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:28:19 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762888 Busy evening last night - Paul's family came down yesterday afternoon (his sister and her partner are visiting) and took Kate to the pool, then we all, including my dad, met up at a Mexican restaurant downtown for dinner. Then we all headed our separate ways, and we made up a BIG batch of chocolate chip cookies for the Capitol "block party" today. The party is fun, it's an annual thing and most offices participate - you can do desserts, entrees, whatever, and for a couple hours in the middl... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:26:35 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762133 It's Monday! We have two weeks left in the legislative session, so things will likely be hopping at work. But Kate is back at schoolsite daycare this week, which makes life SOOOOO much easier. They have coverage 8-6, no more of these stupid 4pm or 3:30 pickup times. Oy. Next week she'll be at her grandparents' for the week, then after that it's back to school! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, had a good day yesterday - got a lot done in the morning, then sat and watched the entire Niner game, which wa... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:33:19 EST Sweet Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761468 I have been pretty productive so far today, but I plan to REST this afternoon! Time for some football! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Took Bam-Bam for a 2-1/2 mile walk this morning, then after breakfast I spent nearly an hour in the backyard - sweeping the patio and stepping stones, weeding, pruning. I love yardwork because you get to see instant results! But I'm still sweating...drinking lots of water and trying to cool down enough to get in the shower. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:09:28 EST Um, Why TGIF Again? ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761130 Today is one of those days where I wonder why I'm excited for the weekend on Fridays, LOL! I am just beat, and it's only 8pm...I can still remember - barely - the days when I would just be heading out to the bar about right this time on a Saturday night! Ah, the difference between 20s and 40s... <BR> <BR> Anyhow, the Girl Scout campfire was fun, but I was soooo tired, and of course we got to bed late. Then Paul was snoring super loud all night, woke me up a couple times! Allergy season, ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:11:44 EST TGIF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760350 It's FRIDAY, woo hoo! I got a better night's sleep last night, thank goodness, though I'm still tired (on my second cup of coffee, bad bad). But I got into the chiro this morning, so that'll help. <BR> <BR> Learned a lesson yesterday - make sure you get into see your specialist once in a while! I've been thinking for months that I really should get in to see my rheumatologist, because my arthritis has really been kicking up at night a lot. Well, I finally got around to calling his office... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:29:46 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759640 Ughhhhh, I am dragging so badly today! My lower back kind of went out over the course of the evening, and the pain kept waking me up. Plus, Bam-Bam went out and started barking at something, practically right under our bedroom window, around 2:30am. :-p May have to go for a second cup this morning. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I did manage to drag myself out of bed and go for a bike ride. Didn't push it too hard, about 7-1/2 miles, but it actually felt pretty good after being off the bike for a fe... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:46:23 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758955 I am soooooo sore today from yesterday's weight workout! Nothing like getting those muscles moving again. Kate's sore from horseback riding camp, so we were commiserating this morning. ;-) <BR> <BR> Took Bam-Bam for a 2-1/2 mile walk this morning. Today is our one-year anniversary with her! We brought her home from the SPCA exactly one year ago. Took this pic this morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606749639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Went out last night afte... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:28:42 EST Tooooosday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758267 Paul took Bam-Bam for a walk today, and I REALLY didn't feel like walking, so I decided what the heck, I should do some weights. Well, I was surprised how hard it was! Of course, the fact that I haven't done weights since June 13th probably has something to do with it. =:-0 <BR> <BR> So, here's the deal...in a perfect world, I'd like to do weights 2-3 times a week, yoga 2-3 times a week, and run three times a week. Plus I'd like to get back to bike riding - though I think that's how I ori... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:42:14 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757687 More than halfway through Monday already, woo hoo! :-) <BR> <BR> Took Bam-Bam for a 2.2-mile walk this morning. Mulling over what kind of workout schedule to do...walking every day ain't moving the scale, and my knee isn't quite 100 percent yet so I don't want to try running yet. Maybe it's time to get back on the weights. Hmmmmm. <BR> <BR> Kate's at horseback riding camp this week, which has turned out to be a nightmare because it lets out at 3:30 and the parent we'd expected to do pic... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:27:15 EST Sunday Already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756938 Sunday always comes way too fast, doesn't it? Phooey. ;-) <BR> <BR> Just took Bam-Bam for a 25-min walk...I REALLY didn't want to do any exercise today, I slept in so I feel like half the day is already gone, plus I'm achy all over, my arthritis seems to be acting up. But she's been bugging me all morning and I knew she wouldn't settle down till she got a walk, plus I always feel better when I get moving, so off we went. <BR> <BR> Still super frustrated on the weight thing...I know there... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:14:45 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755761 Sooo glad it's Friday, and even more glad that we have nothing on the sched tonight, woo hoo! I was very happy to finally get a haircut last night, and even happier that she said she could stay a little late so she'd have time to touch up my color. But the downside was that I didn't end up getting home till nearly 8, an hour later than I'd originally planned. I was starving! And pooped. But my hair looks way better. <BR> <BR> I'm soooo happy I get an evening at home tonight! <BR> <BR... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:48:13 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755129 Got a good almost-45-minute walk (2.7 miles) on my own (Paul took pooch duty). I am TIRED. The reception last night was fun, and I managed to grab a seat for part of it, but my feet still hurt. I wish I could have an evening at home tonight, but I'm finally getting my overdue haircut. At least I can sit for that! Two evenings in a row on my feet is too much. But I was good, only had two little finger food items (well, and a glass of wine), and had dinner when I got home. <BR> <BR> Th... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:11:11 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754520 Hump day! Today work got pretty busy all of a sudden...which was good, because I was a little bored. It tends to be feast or famine around here! <BR> <BR> Our National Night Out party was definitely a success, somewhat to my surprise. I'd gotten five or 6 yeses, a couple noes, and hadn't heard from anyone else. So I went into it thinking it was going to be kind of a dud. But then a whole bunch of people ended up showing! We easily had more than half the street (we have 22 houses total)... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:02:36 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753633 Such weird weather we've having here...only got up to about 85 yesterday, and showers came through last night! And there's a 50% chance of rain till lunchtime! That is just sooooo not normal for here. And it's just godawful-muggy, feels like Mexico. I want my dry heat back! ;-) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, took Bam-Bam for a 45-min walk this morning...2.6 miles according to the mapmyride site. She's still pooped from playing with my father-in-law's dog and my sister-in-law's dog all day Sunday, s... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:51:02 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752970 Goodness, where to begin? Let's start with food. Ugh, must we? Ate okay Saturday, but we went to the River Cats game that night (our AAA baseball team, they're affiliated with the Oakland A's) and I had a big hot dog for dinner, though I didn't finish it. I also had a couple handfuls of peanuts, yum, and Paul and I split a "dippin' dots" for dessert...those things are good! I'd never tried it before. Yesterday was ugly, spent the day at the in-laws, so crap all day long. :-p <BR> <BR... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:55:27 EST Friday and Baby Girl Is Almost Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751225 I'm so excited, my baby girl is on the way home right now! The bus is due back between 3:00 and 3:30. Cannot wait to see her!!! <BR> <BR> Took another day off exercise today in hopes of getting my knee back on track. Frustrating. I guess all I can do is ice twice a day and hope it gets better. :-( <BR> <BR> Sticking to my salad-for-lunch commitment, day four!. Thai yesterday, Mexican today. Paul and I went out to dinner last night but we did pretty well. We did have dessert but we s... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:58:48 EST Well, So Much for Running... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750384 So, apparently running yesterday tweaked my knee again, though it didn't bother me when I was doing it. I forgot to ice yesterday morning (I've been icing twice a day), and by the time I got to work I was limping and it just got progressively worse all day. I tried walking Bam-Bam this morning but it was really bothering me...she ended up getting away from me at the end of the block to chase a cat, grrrr, so I just marched her right back home since I was going to have to keep the walk short... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:49:47 EST Mommy Guilt, the Joys of Salad, and Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749673 Well, I'm stressing about my baby girl. :-( Girl Scout camp finally posted a bunch of pics last night, but the only one I can find her in is a group shot and she's kind of standing off to the side with her arms crossed, not looking very happy. I'm REALLY hoping she was just having a low blood sugar moment...she's like me, she gets super grumpy when she's hungry. She makes friends easily and is generally upbeat, so it really wouldn't be like her to just decide she's going to have a rotten ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:40:23 EST Comparing Notes with Girlfriends and Trying to Get with the Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749080 Had dinner (and a lot of wine) with a couple girlfriends last night. We split two thin-crust pizzas and two salads, good stuff. The nice thing about Kate being gone is that I wasn't in any hurry to get home in time to tuck her in or anything, just had a long relaxing evening with them. <BR> <BR> But I'm missing my girl! And hoping she's having fun. (We're not allowed to call or anything, part of the whole gaining-independence thing which is good of course.) Starting today, they're sup... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:37:19 EST Baby Girl Is Off to Girl Scout Camp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748310 Well, we put Kate on the bus this morning to Girl Scout Camp! It was a rough morning - she was really excited up until last week, and then I think reality hit. She held it together well this morning, but totally fell apart and started sobbing when it was time to line up for the bus. :-( <BR> <BR> Thankfully, two other girls from our troop were also going, so they were doing a good job of trying to buck each other up (and the other two were in a lot better shape than Kate). I honestly d... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:09:41 EST I'm Back, Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746372 Well, my knee was doing much better yesterday, and despite five hours on my feet at the Fair last night, I was able to take Bam-Bam for a walk this morning with only a little discomfort. Yay! I iced after, just to be safe. <BR> <BR> I am pretty creaky today, all those hours on my feet is tough! But worth it, we had a lot of fun. Our friends are moving back East in a couple weeks, so we probably won't see them again. :-( Though as they said, we'll still be connected through Facebook! :... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:24:46 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745700 Well, I've been icing my knee twice a day and it's definitely improving, thank goodness, though not all the way there yet. So frustrating, but as long as it gets better I guess that's what matters. As I told Paul, I wish I knew exactly what I did, so I could avoid doing it again! <BR> <BR> We're probably going to cut out of work early today - we're meeting friends at the State Fair. Can't wait! We go every year, so much fun. A drag that I'm gimpy, but I'm wearing good walking shoes so h... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:21:51 EST Tweaked My Knee, Wah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744955 So, my knee had been bugging me a bit over several days, and I didn't really think about it because once in a while I tweak it, and the weather has been so bizarre this week (rained yesterday morning!) that I figured maybe it was just my arthritis kicking up. It didn't bother me at all doing yoga yesterday morning, but walking into work, I really noticed it hurting, and it got worse as the day went on. Doesn't hurt when I'm sitting, and doesn't really bother me on stairs, but hurts to walk ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:25:16 EST Bike Temporarily Out of Commission :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744209 Well, my plan was to go for a bike ride this morning, but it turns out there's a big tack sticking out my tire! Phooey. I'll have to get it into the shop, since we don't have patching materials - we never had any luck trying to patch our own tires so we gave up a while back. <BR> <BR> So I did yoga instead, starting off with 50 jumping jacks, which turned out to be a good workout. <BR> <BR> Gonna try to get to the chiropractor today, my back is really bugging me. Flipping the mattress on... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:09:07 EST Back at Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743554 Well, staycation is officially over and I'm back at work! Happily, the Legislature is in recess for another two weeks, so it's jeans and quiet here. <BR> <BR> Ate pretty well yesterday. Still pondering how best to start food tracking. For now, I'm starting with just jotting things down in a notebook to try to get myself in the habit - easy and quick. <BR> <BR> Tried something new and yummy last night - from last month's Cooking Light: <BR> <BR> Corn Frittata with Pecorino-Romano Cheese ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:51:37 EST Last Day of Staycation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742645 Well, today marks the last day of staycation. It's been a really good one - I am far better rested and much more relaxed. And, I suppose, more fit, if not weighing in less. I decided to take today off from working out - haven't taken a day off since the first day of vacation (July 4th). <BR> <BR> I probably need to start tracking my food again, and I'm trying to figure out a way to do it that won't drive me crazy and feel so time-consuming that I'll quit. I have not had a lot of luck w... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:39:54 EST Winding Down Staycation and Not Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742052 Let's see, where did I leave off. Oh yeah, Thursday - we took my dad to see the Governor's Mansion, which was really cool, and then he treated us to lunch at the local crepe place. The mansion was really beautiful: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302530599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we headed back to the Folsom Zoo - Kate wanted to see the animals again, and to show Paul everything. We also hit Costco, oh boy. Then came home and had a quiet afternoon. <BR> ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:19:07 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740756 Well, Paul ended up driving home last night, so we are no longer an all-girl house, LOL! And he took the pooch for a walk this morning, so I got to go for a bike ride. Of course, once I got on my bike and realized how windy it was, I wasn't so enthusiastic! Oy...my legs are really tired. Rode 9.8 miles in 52 minutes, I don't know how I did that. <BR> <BR> But I don't have to be on my feet too much today - we're taking my dad to go tour the Governor's Mansion (another stop on our "nearb... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:49:18 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740169 Well, Kate just headed off for a pool playdate with a friend, so I get a few hours to myself. Of course, I'll be spending one of those taking Bam-Bam to the vet! Got a postcard this week reminding us she's due for a shot, and I figured it's easier to get that out of the way before we're back at work next week. <BR> <BR> Paul is on a plane home from Scotland...he'll land at SFO tonight, then crash there and drive home whenever he wakes up tomorrow morning. He said he literally just yesterd... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:36:22 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739285 Whew, vacation is kicking my butt! Walked a mile and a half with Bam-Bam yesterday morning, then we probably got a good 2-3 miles in trekking all over Discovery Kingdom. Had fun though. I slept hard! And after Kate's swim lesson last night, she was pretty pooped - she's still out cold at 8am. <BR> <BR> Got 2.4 miles in this morning, good walk. The down side, I'm realizing, is that Bam-Bam is getting in better shape...this may be a problem when we go back to work next week and don't have... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:57:09 EST Kicking Off Week 2 of Staycation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738537 Well, I didn't totally keep my "serious workout" commitment today. I had planned to take Bam-Bam for just a short walk, which I figured I could get away with since she was pretty whupped after the big walks I've been taking her on, and then I figured I'd go for a short bike ride or do yoga or weights. But it turns out I"m feeling pretty pooped too, so I decided to just stop at the half hour walk (2.5 miles). Kate and I are going to Discovery Kingdom today, so I'm sure I'll be getting a lot... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:35:16 EST Sweet Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738056 Well, it's Sunday and I still have another whole week off, woo hoooooooo! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> And it's 3pm and I have nothing on tap for the rest of the day, ahhhh. I just got back from our favorite Mexican market - their al pastor is to die for! - and whipped up a batch of fresh guacamole. Kate and I are going to have a seriously good dinner tonight! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Awesome dinner last night...my BFF came up Friday for the weekend (she just left an... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:03:07 EST Endlessly Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736671 Well, made the mistake of getting on the scale this morning - and my good mood went right out the window. UP a pound!!!! How is that even possible, with how much I've been exercising this week????? ARRRRRRRRRGH! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to get back in bed. With a bucket of ice cream. <BR> <BR> But Bam-Bam needed a walk, and I tweaked my back first thing, so away we went. Got in an hour (well, 59 minutes) walk, 3.4 miles. Not bad. Take that. <BR> <BR> I just WISH I could see some pr... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:13:51 EST Wednesday in Staycation Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735733 Started off my birthday on the right foot, so to speak - took Bam-Bam for a half hour walk, then did 45 minutes of yoga. I am gonna be soooo sore tomorrow! It was fun, I decided I had to do at least one pose from every Yoga Journal workout I have (I rip them out of the magazine almost every month). And no cheating (double-counting). It was great, really forced me to do some work I tend to avoid, like lots of ab work. Ow. <BR> <BR> Interesting, how challenges can motivate us. Is that th... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:25:04 EST Tuesday in Staycation Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735007 Lordy, this staycation is awfully busy, sheesh! Took Kate to 10am karate this morning, then took her and her friend to sewing camp this afternoon, and took her to band practice tonight. Spent nearly two hours this afternoon running errands, but was able to come home and crash for half an hour before it was time to go pick them up from class. <BR> <BR> I am getting reading time, no worries - I finished "The Last Original Wife" by Dorothea Benton Frank last night, which I really enjoyed. I ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:50:11 EST Monday in Staycation Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734217 Dang, this day was busier than I planned! I had decided to finish off the office this morning, which I thought would take maybe an hour. Ha! Try, closer to 2-1/2! I went through all the files and did a serious purge - old bank statements and paychecks, that sort of thing. I have an enormous shred pile now. Then I tackled the monster pile of filing. Oy. Good to have it done though, this room looks fantastic. <BR> <BR> Got another bike ride in this morning, nearly 9 miles in about 45 m... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:11:50 EST Day 3, Day 2, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733419 Day 3 of Staycation. Lovin' it. Sooooo happy I don't have to get up and go to work tomorrow!!! <BR> <BR> Day 2 of Project Serious Workout. Today I walked all the way around the park in 46 minutes - mapped it at 3.17 miles, basically a 5K. I must be recovering, because I didn't start getting tired till a good half hour into it. Awesome to be getting a normal energy level back! <BR> <BR> Day 1 of Project Deep Clean. We tackled the office this morning - both of us went at it hard for a s... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:06:09 EST Day 1 of Project Serious Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732500 Hope everyone (in the US at least) had a great Independence Day! We had a really nice day, just spent the day at my in-laws', eating and hanging by the pool. Ate like crap of course, and drank a lot of sangria, but hey, one day is one day. :-) It was just so nice to relax and do nothing for a day! Then last night we got a good little fireworks show in. <BR> <BR> We did our annual Fourth of July photos in the front yard yesterday morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:58:39 EST Friday and Almost Staycation Time!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731319 First of all, here's my Facebook post from this morning...I'm having so much fun with the Bitstrips app! ;-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1529865756.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't tell you how excited I am that today is my last day of work till the 21st! I am soooo ready to not be at this desk for a while. Really looking forward to two weeks of not having to be anywhere. Well, mostly. I'll still have to get Kate to karate and band, and she's doing a sewing cam... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:45:39 EST Wednesday (but really Thurs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730565 Loving the short week! Especially since after tomorrow, I'll be off work till the 21st! WaHOOOOOOOO! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Good news re: the dentist...he said I must have gotten a popcorn kernel or something caught in my gum, and it just got angry and caused everything to flare up. So he numbed up the gum a bit and dug around and cleared it out. WHEW. I was so afraid I would need a root canal! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Got an 8-1/2 mile bike ride in today, ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:15:32 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729904 Well, potentially bad news...one spot on my gum has been bugging me for a good couple weeks, I thought I had a popcorn kernel stuck in there or something, but now my tooth hurts when I brush it. Noooooo! My dentist said last time that I had two cavities that needed fillings (which I've since gotten done) and two that he wanted to keep an eye on. The weird thing is, the one that's bothering me appears to be one of the ones he filled. Crossing my fingers that it's not time for my first root... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:10:52 EST