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 235: Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222572 I really liked today's Spark quote: "I am the problem, but I am also the "SOLUTION." So true...nobody else is going to do this get-fit-and-lose-weight thing for me...it's all on me! Much as I would like to assign the losing-weight part to someone else. ;-) <BR> <BR> I got a good 40-minute yoga workout in this morning...I really focused not only on going as deep into stretches as I could, but on keeping my inhales and exhales even (so easy to drop out of that). Did some ab work and I'm de... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:48:45 EST Day 234: Brandon's Blue and the Purple Fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222143 Since we have finally made decisions about paint color and flooring for our master bedroom redo, we finally got our contractor over here this morning to walk through it all. This isn't a fabulous pic, but the color we settled on is the first one on the left, "Brandon's Blue." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/204e73bb-ec1c-47a4-858d-e4794e745331.JPG"> <BR> <BR> And we're going with a laminate that basically looks like whitewash, for the flooring. I think it's goin... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:30:32 EST Day 233: Busy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221602 This turned out to be a lot busier day than I'd planned! I'm definitely ready to sit for a while. <BR> <BR> Originally I'd planned to go for a bike ride this morning,and do a ton of yardwork tomorrow morning. But after the running yesterday I decided I should give my legs a bit of a break, and then my hair appt got moved from 10am to noon. So I got an hour of yardwork in, lessen the load tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Then I got showered and dressed and hit the grocery store, and by the time I got ... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:47:11 EST Day 232: Trying Out C25K Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220940 Someone here mentioned Couch to 5K the other day and it got me thinking that I hadn't looked at that program for a long time. I've been starting to inch back into running, and I've been doing run 1 minute, walk 2. So I looked at C25K yesterday and it turns out that I'm right in line with it, so I decided what the heck, today I'm going to start it up again and see how it goes. Only, I had in my head that Week 1 was run 1-1/2, walk 2, so that's what I did....after I got home and looked it up... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:00:57 EST Day 231: Twilight Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220489 I'm just feeling like I'm in the twilight zone or something, it's been such a wacky day. A person that I've worked with very well for a couple years has blown up at a colleague and at me today...one was over something that none of us can figure out why she's upset about it, and the other is just totally not a big deal. It's like she's just gone around the bend. <BR> <BR> And I took Kate to the stylist for a followup after the whole re-purple issue on Saturday - he basically begged me to br... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:55:17 EST Couch to 5K revisit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219751 Okay, I hadn't looked at the actual Couch to 5k program for a bit, so I wanted to compare it to what I'm doing. Here's the program...note that each workout begins with a 5-minute walk (and obviously a cooldown walk), and these workouts are three days a week. <BR> <BR> Week 1: 1 min run, 1-1/2 min walk = 20 min total <BR> <BR> Week 2: 1-1/2 min run, 2 min walk = 20 min total <BR> <BR> Week 3: 1-1/2 min run, 1-1/2 min walk <BR> 3 min run, 3 min walk <BR> rep... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:09:10 EST Day 230: Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219680 Got out and did some running this morning...ran 1 minute, walked 2, and got 10 minutes in! I know, that probably doesn't sound impressive to most of you - 10 min of running out of about 45 min (2.8 miles total, no idea how much of that was running). But for me to do any running is an accomplishment! I actually really want to work on ramping it up. I tend to focus on running more in the winter, when it's too cold and/or dark to ride my bike in the mornings. Maybe if I can start getting so... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:06:37 EST Day 229: Olympic Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218996 We were watching more of the track and field stuff last night and oh man, those gorgeous athletes - male and female - make running look so pretty and easy, I just want to get out there and do it! But of course when I do it, I feel (and probably look) like a galumphing elephant. It is motivating though. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I had some extra time this morning - I'm going into work late so I can drop Kate at Day 2 of volleyball tryouts at 10 - so I took a long bike ride this m... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:31:13 EST Day 228: Things are Hopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218575 Whew, what a day it's been! Super busy at work...it's 3:30 and this is the first real break I'm taking. My brain hurts. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm also stressing because Kate went to volleyball tryouts today for her new middle school (school doesn't start till the 1st, but sports start earlier). Anyhow, Paul said when he dropped her off there were about 30 girls there...when I texted with her after she got home, she said according to the coach, only 10-12 girls will make the... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:40:09 EST Day 226: Another Saturday Flies By http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217424 Busy day today, but I started it off right - got my butt out the door for a walk and even got 7 minutes of running in (run 1 min, walk 2). Not much, but every little bit counts...hopefully. <BR> <BR> I'm doing well on exercise right now, today marks my 9th day in a row, woot! I'll probably break my streak tomorrow because I"m feeling pretty in need of a rest day, but stay tuned. ;-) <BR> <BR> Got Kate in to the salon today for purple, phase 2..unfortunately the roots didn't come out th... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 19:06:49 EST Day 225: Horse Camp, Girl Scouts, and oh yeah, Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216901 Woo hoo, it's Friday! Busy day at work, but that's okay, makes the day go by faster. <BR> <BR> I did take a bit of a long lunch, because today was "show" day at Kate's horse camp. The camp is run by one of the teachers at her school, she does a great job - she teaches them all about how to take care of (and clean up after) the horses, and they ride a lot of course, and then in the afternoon they play in the pool. Kate always comes home completely exhausted but she loves it, she just has s... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:42:05 EST Day 224: Purple Hair Education http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216316 Whew, this has been a busy day! Got into work a little early, then had a 9:30 meeting out of the office and I didn't end up getting back to my desk till after 11. Then a little after 11:30 Paul emailed me that he'd gotten pulled into a meeting and wouldn't be able to pick up Kate from Zoo Camp at noon (she's there for a one-day thing, back to horse camp tomorrow), so I had to scoot to go get her and deposit her at home. So I was feeling a little frazzled. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <B... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:47:57 EST Day 223: Short Workout Is Better Than No Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215573 Mornings this week have been a bit hectic, since we've had to get Kate out the door around 8am for horse camp. Paul and I are taking turns taking her and her friend Amelia in the morning, and then Amelia's parents are on pickup duty. It's meant I've had to abbreviate my workouts a bit, but better a short workout than none at all. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I did about a five-mile bike ride. All too soon, it will be too dark to ride in the morning, which will make... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:58:12 EST Day 222: Getting Out of Bed Is the Hardest Part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214930 It's getting light a little later now and that makes it that much harder to get up! It's very gray when the alarm goes off now (6am). I wanted to stay in bed but poor Bam-Bam was clamoring to get out (she's living in a pen right now while she recovers from knee surgery), and Paul didn't appear to be budging. So I hauled myself out, and took her out to the dog run. <BR> <BR> And you know what? As soon as I got a deep breath of that fresh cool morning air, I thought ooh, I want to go for... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:41:50 EST Day 221: Sore But a Good Sore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214424 Hoo boy, are my legs sore today! But I'm happy because that means that I really am ramping the exercise back up, right? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got a little running in, and today I did weights. I am totally feeling it. May have to think carefully about what workout I opt for tomorrow... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Workouts are going to be a little tight this week, as Kate is doing a camp this week that involves us getting her out of the house by 8am. B... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 15:53:51 EST Day 220: The Act of Kindness that Made My Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213842 Well, we decided to bail out of our friends' party in the Bay Area today...none of us could face a day in the car, which inevitably would be what would happen. We just always hit so much traffic whenever we head there. So instead of being in a car right now, I am home! <BR> <BR> We just painted three big swatches of blue on our bedroom wall to help us decide which one to go with. We both like the darkest one the best, though I'm a little nervous about doing all the walls that dark and h... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:51:29 EST Day 218: Tired, Tired, Tired but it's Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212743 Whew, am I beat. Between being up all night last Friday night with Kate being sick, getting some version of it myself by Saturday night, and being up half the night with Paul on Wednesday night because he had it...I am exhausted. Hopefully I can catch up on my sleep a bit this weekend and we can all be healthy! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I managed to drag myself out of bed this morning and get 2-mile walk in. Not much exercise this week, I've just been too tired. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have fun ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:02:28 EST Day 216: Time to Update the Master Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211659 Well, I'm not doing very well on daily blogging! Not that it's a requirement, but I feel like the more I'm on here, the better, in terms of healthy mindset, accountability, etc. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Household is still recovering/experiencing the bug. Kate seems to be fully recovered,but today Paul is down. I'm betting I'll have to go home early today to help take care of him. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I went for a walk yesterday and was surprised how fast I gass... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 15:19:33 EST Day 214: The Dreaded Stomach Bug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210474 Monday, Monday. Well, we had a bunch of plans this weekend, but they all went out the window when Kate started throwing up at 2am Saturday morning! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Poor baby, she was soooo sick - threw up about every 25-30 minutes, like clockwork, till around 9am. Then it slowed down, but she wasn't totally free and clear till about 1 or 2pm..then she basically just slept until Sunday. She's doing much better now, though she wasn't up to going to volleyball camp this ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 15:58:40 EST Day 211: Do the Thing That Scares You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208837 Where do I begin? I haven't been on this site all week, because reception was so spotty where we were staying. Yes, I took another vacation....I have two excuses - one, the legislative summer recess (my husband and I both work for the state legislature) only overlaps with school recess by four weeks, and two, he and I were both about to hit our vacation caps at work. (Sign of getting old). And hey, we wanted time off, LOL! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we headed down to Monterey (actually Moss Landi... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:26:55 EST Day 204: Keep On Keepin' On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204888 Whew, it's been a busy week and unfortunately I don't get to go home and crash tonight, because we're heading to the State Fair! We looooove the Fair though, it'll be fun, though a lot of time on the feet. Gotta counteract all that fried food, get that walking in. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Hair appt last night - I've been so sick of the mop, I told her cut it all off, LOL! She didn't, of course, but she took off a lot of length and a ton of bulk. I won't know what it REALLY... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:46:33 EST Day 203: It's Not All or Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204325 Lordy, what a morning. Overslept by about 20 minutes, which really annoyed me because this was one of the few mornings this week I was actually going to have time for a workout! But Paul pointed out that I could still do a shorter one and I realized he was right, it's not all or nothing. So I got a quick walk in (1.7 miles), which felt good, even if it wasn't as long as I would have liked. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, it was just a busy morning - I didn't get to the laundry or kitchen last night b... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:19:01 EST Day 202: Worried About My Dog :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203938 Dropped Bam-Bam at the vet this morning, bright and early, for her TPLO (knee) surgery. The vet called me a while later asking if we'd noticed the two bumps she's got, one on her side and one on her leg. I told him yes, I meant to mention them, are they anything to worry about? <BR> <BR> Well, yes. <BR> <BR> Turns out they're both malignant mast cell tumors. If they're Stage 1, in all likelihood removing them (which the surgeon did today) will solve the whole problem. If they're Stage 2... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:05:55 EST Day 201: The Trials and Tribulations of Twelve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203323 The child is going to be the death of me...this morning, we were the meanest parents in the world for making her go back to volleyball camp...this afternoon, all she did was rave about how much fun she had this morning and how she can't wait to try out for the middle school team next month. Girl drama, aieeeeee! I was really hoping that 12 was going to be easier than 11, but I don't think that's gonna happen, LOL! <BR> <BR> The good thing is, she's getting major physical activity in this w... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:50:45 EST Day 200: Go With the Flow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202734 Back to work after a week off, definitely an adjustment. Though thankfully it's quiet time around here...the legislature is off in summer recess till the 1st, so the Members are gone, we get to wear jeans, and lots of people are on vacation. Nice slow schedule. <BR> <BR> So, my resolution to kick a-- in workouts every day this week kind of went out the window right off the bat because I forgot that Kate is doing a volleyball camp every morning this week, about 20 min away from our house! ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:03:17 EST Day 199: Back to the "Real World" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202048 Well, we got back from vacation yesterday. We were actually kind of all ready to come back, a week is a good long time (we left the prior Saturday). If nothing else, we all wanted our memory foam beds, LOL! Lordy, those beds in the rental house were hard. Wonderful vacation though. This is the view from the deck, where I spent a lot of the week, to give you an idea: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f76a63b-7464-4784-8da6-3ce6e841dcce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (We were ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:05:33 EST Reflecting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200676 Still on vacation, we head home Saturday morning. I've had a lot of time to think and I don't quite have a coherent blog yet, just a lot of random thoughts running around in my head. Here are a few. JUST DO IT, DAMMIT. I was reading my Yoga Journal magazine last night and whining to myself that I hadn't done yoga in weeks, and I decided well to hell with it, I'll do it tomorrow morning. So this morning after breakfast I did a full hour of yoga (my workouts are generally around 40 min at ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:59:47 EST Day I-Dunno-What: Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200050 Quick blog since I'm on my phone - took me a while to figure out how to do this on my phone, LOL! I've been at the Russian River (Guerneville, CA) since Sat. Paul, Kate, and I, along with Kate's best friend Lola (though she's heading home tomorrow). Paul's parents joined us Mon afternoon. Sadly were heading into the home stretch, as well be leaving on Sat afternoon. But it's been a GREAT week...I sooooo badly needed down time, it's been wonderful. Beach time, reading, coloring, sangria ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:27:18 EST Day 189: Catching Up on Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196487 Kate has been working hard and her room is just about done! Just a couple posters to put up and a few last miscellaneous things to clear out of the guest room. These pics didn't come out great but you get the general idea: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b901774-7705-4ee0-9a0f-b1154442b5f5.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cef48e8a-20f2-4dff-ac58-025137643267.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She is very happy with her "reading nook" - I thought putting... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:00:30 EST Day 187: Kate's Room Redo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195180 Oh lordy it was tough to get out of bed this morning! After three days of redoing Kate's room, my body is just DONE. My whole body was whining, ow! no! No form of exercise sounded good but I knew I'd feel better for moving, and I did manage to drag myself out for a walk (2.6 miles). Once I got going, I fell into my usual rhythm and got a brisk pace going, which actually felt pretty good. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My house is still somewhat in chaos, as we are still in proces... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:53:44 EST Day 183: Four-Day Weekend, WOOT!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193034 I am about to schlep the dog to a 10:30 vet appointment, so I was going to just take the morning off rather than having to zip back and forth to work, back home to get the dog, to the vet, etc. But yesterday my boss told us he's shutting down the office at noon. So - four days off, woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I sooo need it after all the hours I've been working lately. My house is a disaster, I just spent the better part of an hour dealing with various clutter. LOVE or... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:56:31 EST Day 182: Holy Cow, EIGHT Years Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192418 Today's Spark feature was "Celebrating 500 Days on Sparkpeople." Which got me thinking...how long have I been on here? A few years, I guess. So I looked at my profile... <BR> <BR> JULY 2008! <BR> <BR> Holy cow, I had no idea it had been that long! I'm not sure if that's good or bad. I'd like to say I don't need Spark anymore, that my eating and habits and exercise are all tip top, but guess what, we all know that's not true. But I'm not ashamed that Spark is a totally integrated part ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:42:41 EST Day 181: Home Stretch Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191813 Home stretch baby! Got through our last hearing yesterday, and the Legislature breaks tomorrow for summer recess. Sooo looking forward to a month of jeans, no legislators, and a kickback schedule! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Now I really need to get serious about my eating, I've fallen off the wagon a bit. Though I am proud to say that I have kept up the exercise. Maybe not as high intensity, but I have exercised at least 5 days a week through all the crazy hours. I tell you, ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:46:07 EST Day 179: Movin', Movin', Movin'... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190717 Back to work, though it shouldn't be an overlong day today. Unlike tomorrow - we have our last hearing and it's likely to be a very long one. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> It was really great to have two days out of this place, but I'm still super tired, didn't get nearly enough sleep over the weekend! Nice that we have a long weekend coming up though. And my boss just told me - shhhh, it's a secret - that he's going to try to shut down the office at noon on Friday. <BR> <BR> <e... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:25:20 EST Day 178: Tired But Savoring My Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190093 Lordy, I am tired - I would kill to sleep in for just one day! The problem with having extra people and extra dogs around, is that once one person gets up, it's all over. And my mother in law has managed to be up at like 5:30am the last two days. "Oh, I'm sorry, did I wake you up?" Argh. I love her, but I think she just forgets that we don't have a huge, spread-out house like hers - it's hard to sleep through someone puttering around the kitchen in our house! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we had fun ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:20:10 EST Day 177: Happy Happy Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189517 I have FINALLY emerged from the crazy time at work and I cannot tell you how happy I am that I get two days in a row out of the office this weekend!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a tough stretch but it's done - I just have to get through a very long committee hearing on Tuesday afternoon/evening, and then on Thursday the Legislature adjourns for summer recess and they all go away till August. And I get to wear jeans for a month and work 9-5. Woot! <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:58:21 EST Day 173: Turning the Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186921 It feels so good to be hitting the end of my crazy stretch at work! Today and tomorrow will be long days again (I was here from about 8:30am to nearly 8pm yesterday), but knowing that I'm almost done makes it a lot more bearable. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Dragged myself out of bed when the alarm went off...considered weights again, and again rejected them in favor of getting outside into the beautiful summer morning! I got 7 miles in on my bike, so that was good. <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:01:13 EST Day 172: Light at the End of the Tunnel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186378 This week is going to be a much better week! I'm not sick anymore, and this is my last crazy week. I have to have my last set of bill analyses done by Thursday, our last hearing is a week from tomorrow, and the Legislature's summer recess begins next Friday. I am soooo looking forward to summer break! Four weeks of jeans and no legislators in the building. :-) Plus, two vacations for me! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I've been waking up every morning at dawn when the birds star... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:15:22 EST Day 171: Kind of a Brutal Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185687 Well, it was a VERY tough week, but I seem to have turned the corner this weekend, thank goodness. Let's see, where to begin? <BR> <BR> My back was bothering me over last weekend, so I got up and went for a long walk Monday morning. But after sitting for a while to eat breakfast, I tried to get up and bam, full on pain. Ughhhh. Gotta love when your back tweaks. (I have had whiplash twice, and got diagnosed with several bulging discs about 1-1/2 years ago, so let's just say I have a lot ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:38:37 EST Day 166: Major Back Pain, Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182732 My back is still tweaking pretty bad, which is really not fun. I'm taking whole Tramadols now instead of half, and it's making me sleepy! Definitely a two-cupper day on the coffee front. <BR> <BR> Worked till about 7:30 last night - my busy time of year, and I'm losing the entire morning tomorrow morning for Kate's graduation. Terrible timing, but what can you do. <BR> <BR> When I got home last night, Paul and Kate were watching Star Wars and it was almost to my favorite part, when t... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:14:32 EST Day 165: Not Loving the Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182117 Oh lordy, my back is a mess. It acts up once in a while, particularly when I've been sitting too much. I'm so frustrated though, because it was feeling much better this morning and I went for a long walk, no problem. But ever since I stood up after eating breakfast, it's been KILLING me. I took half a Tramadol when I got up, and took another half when I got to work, but it's just no helping at all. Wah!!! <BR> <BR> (For those not familiar, I've been rear-ended twice, and about a year an... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:48:23 EST Day 163: No Rest for the Weary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180888 Another busy Saturday. Woke up early, of course - FINALLY chance to sleep in, and I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep, wah! But I feel better today just knowing I don't have to into the office...just couldn't face it today, I'll leave that for tomorrow. (June is my crazy time at work.) <BR> <BR> Went for a 10-mile bike ride first thing, it's a lovely summer morning. After the horrendous heat last weekend, it's been super nice this week, in the 80s and breezy. Wish it could be like... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:45:48 EST Day 162: Stress + Tired does NOT = Time for Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180283 I'm really kicking into high gear at work this week - June is the crazy time - which means I really need to remember to take care of myself and not fall into bad habits. For example, I haven't been using my sit-stand station nearly enough and my back is really hurting today. I always pay the price for not behaving! :-( <BR> <BR> I also need to stay away from too many "treats" - it is soooo easy to say, "I'm stressed out, I'm tired, I deserve this." I did hit my coworker's candy bowl yest... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:15:54 EST Day 161: Oy, What a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179802 I am just tired and grumpy today. :-( I skipped a workout this morning because I had an early doc appt and didn't want to be too rushed. <BR> <BR> Got to the doc's office right on time, appt was at 8:20. Got to the inner office pretty quickly and dealt with the nurse, then a few minutes later the resident came in (it's a teaching hospital so you always have to see the nurse, then the resident, then the doctor). She said I "might have to wait a bit" for the doc. I thought uh oh, becaus... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 17:45:18 EST Day 160: Empanada Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179026 Oh lordy, what an evening! Kate's class has been doing "book clubs," where each "club" reads a different book and then they come up with a group project/presentation at the end. Kate's group read a book called Esperanza Rising, which she loved, and they've been making a pinata...one girl is going to teach the class some Spanish words, the other kids were doing I don't know what, and Kate was going to teach the class how to make guacamole. So we told her fine, let us know what day it will b... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:39:09 EST Day 159: Michael Pollan's "Cooked" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178433 I have been hopping at work all morning. Silly me, I thought it would be a quiet day because it's Election Day and many staffers are out doing what we like to call "seasonal work" (walking precincts to remind people to vote). But it's definitely been busy. Seems to be slacking off now so hopefully I can crank on some writing this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Had a nice evening - got out of the office by 6, went home and gave the dog a bath, then Paul and I had dinner out in the back yard becaus... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:53:21 EST Day 158: I Never Regret a Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177597 So, after my super crazy weekend (see yesterday's blog), I just groaned when the alarm went off at 6am. I can't, I can't, I can't! But my back was bugging me so I knew I needed to get moving, and of course Bam-Bam was raring to go. So off we went. <BR> <BR> We walked out the door into a lovely cool breeze, which was so nice! It was ridiculously hot yesterday, and it was still over 70 at 9:30 last night. But this morning it was down to 60, and the sun was coming up, and it was just beaut... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:41:00 EST Day 157: I Need a Weekend to Recover from My Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177229 Never got a chance to blog yesterday - man, what a day! Paul started throwing up again in the middle of the night on Friday night...he just had norovirus three weeks ago, argh! Ironically, he had a physical on Friday morning and she pronounced him fine. He's going to talk to her again, because he had stomach bugs three times in November/December. Kate and I haven't gotten it any of the times he's been sick, and he usually isn't feverish. So we're thinking maybe he's reacting to one of hi... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 23:11:25 EST Day 155: Enjoying the Little Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175777 Sometimes indulgences are important. I've been using a new moisturizer that feels like silk going on - HEAVENLY - and smells so lovely, it just feels like a treat opening it up. Yes, it's crazy expensive, but you know what? Putting on moisturizer is something I do every day, and it's nice to have that little moment of pleasure each night and feel like I'm getting pampered a bit. And it's doing wonders for my complexion, so - win-win-win! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've been h... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:57:59 EST Day 154: I Want To Ride My Bicycle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175234 Now you can all have that Queen song in your head the rest of the day. ;-) <BR> <BR> Got a 7-1/2 mile bike ride in this morning....it was a beautiful summer morning! Already 70 at 6am, but a nice cool breeze wafting through. I can't imagine riding after work, when it's 90+ and the air is stale...I love exercising early when hardly anyone is out and the sun is coming up. Never thought I'd be a morning person, but it really does work for me. And I love having the workout out of the way, f... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 15:35:44 EST