EXERTIGER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EXERTIGER EXERTIGER'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/ The good news is. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650053 The good news is: <BR> I'm doing great at drinking enough water <BR> I finished my run on Friday even though I was slow and didn't think I could <BR> I knitted a really cute minion hat for the future grand baby <BR> I have a 92% success rate on my goal of walking six days a week <BR> I'm having a good hair day <BR> my family is healthy <BR> it's probably going to rain <BR> I got the laundry done and my bathroom cleaned <BR> I have a treadmill so it won't matter if it rains <BR> I made a hula ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:50:42 EST Not soon forgotten exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538322 <em>30</em> So, exercise with the kids is fun, right? Well,. my little daughter came home from school all excited because she had learned to run in to jump rope (you know, when two people turn the rope and one kid jumps). She really wanted to show me how she can do that. I praised her highly and told her that when I was a child, I never quite got the hang of that. <BR> So the next day my husband brought a long rope home from his school and we took turns turning the rope and jumping. ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:52:34 EST Water, Water Everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524908 My most recent effort has been to drink three quarts of water every day. It's been interesting to me that I notice thirst more than I did before. And water tastes good. I'm trying to kick my diet pop habit. I've tried before and gone back to it. This time I've decided that diet pop is ok in limited amounts provided that I drink enough water. It's going well. <BR> My other goal has been to go for a walk every day. I've gone most days. Certainly more that I would have without the goal.... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:12:37 EST I threw away my scale. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518895 I threw away my scale. It became necessary. I weighed myself regularly and was quite pleased to see improvement from day to day. The problem came when I went to the doctor and found that the doctor's scale was 20 pounds less kind than mine. <BR> I didn't think much of it, but then my son-in-law came in and asked if my scale was right. I told him I didn't think so. He was also disappointed. My son tried it out and assured me he hadn't weighed 140 since high school. I went and invited ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:29:16 EST tragedy in my neighborhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339492 There was a horrible accident in my neighborhood on Saturday night. A 17 year old girl was driving and hit three 13 year olds and one 15 year old. Two of the kids were treated at the hospital and released, but one was flown to Primary children's hospital and is expected to survive while another was also flown to Primary children's, but didn't make it. <BR> As near as we can tell from the police and witnesses, there was no one to blame. Just a very dark night, and an unlit country road with... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:57:55 EST I threw a two-year-old style tantrum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233240 Last night I threw a tantrum. A real screaming tantrum. I almost never get angry or frustrated enough to lash out, but last night I did. I even made my 15 year old son cry because he thought I was angry and yelling at him, which I was not (and yes, I assured him that I was not angry with him, he's done nothing wrong). And now I'm so upset with myself that I can't hardly function. <BR> <BR> So what got me so upset? Math. My son is in 10th grade. Do any of you have high school children?... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:50:10 EST day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228732 Day 2 of my restart. I'm on my treadmill. My goal is to log 50 sparkpoints before I stop. <BR> <BR> I started my day with two slices of 100% whole wheat toast and 1 oz. of peanut butter (all natural ground from a peanut grinding machine at the health food store), and 6 oz. of carbmaster yogurt. <BR> <BR> I did some light yoga stretching and have now been on my treadmill for 40 minutes. <em>231</em> <BR> <BR> I've already logged tonight's dinner and a snack. Lunch is still up for ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:27:34 EST Great day to start again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227095 I've fallen off the wagon. It's true. I'm a yo-yo sparkie. But today, I see blue sky for the first time in WEEKS. The air quality is finally healthy and it's actually above 20 degrees. I've recovered from the whooping cough that the doctor suspected, or the bronchitis that I suspected, or the air quality induced inability to breathe that it probably really was. I returned to yoga a week ago which felt really nice, and this morning I shoveled snow for 50 minutes which I also have to admi... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:28:33 EST better today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129855 I got to Spanish Fork this morning. My daughter has strep, so no school again for her today. Hubby is sick. Flu or something. But my car is fixed, so that's better. Put chicken soup in the crock pot and made pumpkin rolls. Also disinfected every surface in my house today. I don't know how many calories I burned, but it kept me on my feet moving all day, so that's got to be good for something. And it's a weekend. It snowed all day and is supposed to snow all night. That means plenty ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 18:31:46 EST I'm just off today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128642 Yesterday started out great, but by afternoon, things were just hairy. The short version is that my car was in the shop. We went to pick it up, got half way home, and the engine light turned back on. I limped it back to the shop. I need to go to Spanish Fork, my daughter has a sore throat (I looked in and even I can see that her tonsils are swollen), so here I am without my car, waiting for hubby to get home so I can take my daughter to the doctor. Spanish Fork will have to wait till tom... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 16:03:59 EST Feeling guilty about . . .? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125085 Do you ever feel guilty about sitting around logging spark points? Well, I do. I've noticed that I can sit and log points for over two hours a day if I want to all the stuff. And who thinks we ought to sit for two hours at a time? <BR> So, I spoke to hubby about a treadmill table. I went on youtube and looked at how other people have added a table to their treadmills and was inspired. So in just a few minutes (really, about an hour) on Saturday, using scrap wood, we created a table for... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 15:39:14 EST Still biking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118033 Hubby and I are still biking 3 days per week. Sometimes it's a challenge to know how to dress, but mostly we're doing well. The other day it was in the 30's when we went. I wore my long sleeve running shirt, polyester jacket, and nylon warm up jacket. I wore my running tights and a pair of warm up pants. I wore my ear warmer, a pair of knit gloves and my new split finger mittens that I crocheted. They aren't cute. I think they look like I have llama hands, but they're functional, so I'... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:30:33 EST Baby, it's getting cold outside. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091578 At least at 8:30 in the morning. You wouldn't think so, but then add the wind chill. <BR> Hubby and I have taken to biking to his work three days per week. His work is almost 7 miles from home uphill. We bike together and then I ride home alone. Then he rides home after work. It's fun because we're together. It takes us about 45 or 50 minutes to get there and about 25 or 30 to get home. I think it's great because I burn 600 to 700 calories round trip. Then I pat myself on the back f... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 16:30:49 EST The most fascinating 5k ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044229 Yesterday was my town's labor day celebration complete with a 5k/10k. My family did the 5k. It's a great race. Entry is only 15 dollars if you register early and you get a really nice long sleeve running shirt. What a great way to start the colder months. <BR> This time was fascinating because of my recent injury. Here's what happened. Two weeks ago I had a back spasm. I immediately put ice on it, took some ibuprofen, did some gently yoga stretches, and slowly pedaled my exercise bike.... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 16:06:40 EST I hate to say it, but it's true. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023449 I've just finished week one (again) of the sweet tooth challenge. I've paid attention to when and why I eat sugar. And here are the results: <BR> <BR> otter pops - it's all me. I eat them when I'm hot and have been out in the sun. <BR> bedtime cookie - I like one, but I really don't need one. Mostly, I eat one because I want a snack and it's easy. <BR> other sugar - I eat it when hubby gives it to me. That's just painful to admit because he's so supportive, but it's true. Really he has... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:47:06 EST I quit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986266 I went for a run last night with hubby and the 9 year old. We went 4.29 miles. We started with a five minute warm up walk followed by a five minute slow jog. Then we ran 5:1 1/2 minute intervals. The trip took us 56 minutes. As we began our cool down walk I said that I thought we'd gone about 3 1/2 miles after all the warm up and it had taken us about 44 minutes. Hubby's first thought and immediate response was, "That's not good." So I told him that I'd burned over 500 calories (over 6... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:54:56 EST Wild fires in Utah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946665 There are six wildfires burning in Utah today. They aren't particularly near my home, but the smoke and air quality are awful. I took some pictures. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l696769447.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203967055.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726946740.jpg"> <BR> See the mountains? They should be vividly clear. They're not very far away. You should also see a very tall mountain in... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:14:31 EST I think I'm a Clydesdale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934041 I've been having a really hard time lately. I'm really discouraged because I'm not losing weight or inches and I feel unattractively overweight.. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. That's not the point, though. <BR> We went for a run this evening. It was a really good run. We were two minutes faster than last time and my muscles are complaining. My heart rate monitor tells me that my maximum heart rate is 10 bpm lower than it was and my average is also lower. That's good, right? <... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:06:09 EST done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924705 I'm done moving rocks!!! <em>244</em> I can't express how happy I am about that. So today I'm taking a easier day. I have a bike ride with my son planned and a walk with hubby and some strength training, but NO rock moving. <BR> It's craft day at the library for my daughter and I'm going on an outing with hubby this afternoon. Did I mention I don't have rocks to move today? <BR> Next project: get out the week whacker and tidy up the yard. Wait for hubby to til where the rocks used to... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 11:27:24 EST strategic career move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915535 Did anyone ever tell you that you'd grow up to be a ditch digger? Or that you'd shovel rocks for a living? Well, it's not a living, but I've been shoveling gravel in my yard for the past two weeks. I'm trying to move it forward to where my husband parks his truck so we can put grass where it currently is. <BR> I shovel it into a rickety wheel barrow and then wheel it forward very carefully because it's a pitiful wheelbarrow and will tip over if I don't use lots of arm strength to stabili... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 22:50:31 EST time to put the scale to rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891747 At least for a little while. <BR> <BR> I'm finding myself getting caught up in weight and measurements. Those are things I can't control, so I'm not going to weigh for a while. I'm thinking once a month. It's hard for me to stay focused on the goals that I can make sure I reach. <BR> I can reach my exercise minutes goal. I'm doing really well with that. My goal this month is 1500 minutes and I already have over 1000. My husband and I are working on the hundred pushup challenge and the... Mon, 21 May 2012 17:40:28 EST I deserve to be skinny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881058 Here's why I deserve to be skinny: <BR> I drink water. <BR> I gave up pop. Even diet pop. <BR> I gave up sugar. Except for a 50 calorie treat each day. <BR> I eat vegetables. <BR> I eat fruit. <BR> I eat whole grains. <BR> I eat low fat protein. <BR> I do weights and/or yoga every morning <BR> I do 60 minutes or cardio at least 5 days per week. <BR> I get enough sleep. <BR> I'm not a couch potato. <BR> I don't eat too much fat. <BR> <BR> So, please tell me why I'm still 15 pounds over my... Mon, 14 May 2012 14:35:15 EST the 5k from Pergatory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878318 A charter school in a neighboring community had a 5k this morning. It was free, and I'm not sure if the idea was to recruit new students or raise money with the breakfast afterward. We thought it would be fun for our family to run it and let our little daughter set the pace. Her big moment to be in charge. So off we go. <BR> The school is sandwiched on the foot hills between the freeway and the mountain. So the route started on a steep incline for about 2 blocks around a few corners and ... Sat, 12 May 2012 13:11:15 EST fascinating run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872202 I went for a run yesterday. I had some fresh tunes on my mp3 player and was anxious to try them out. It was windy, but warm, so off I went. It just wasn't a good run. I felt out of breath and had to take extra walk breaks. The songs were fine. I kept trying to figure out what the problem was. I was thinking about my diet and wondering if I was lacking protein or something. My heart rate was about where it always is on a run. I have to say that I was glad to get home. Then I looked ... Tue, 8 May 2012 12:01:18 EST State of the union http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871300 Another month has started, so here's the state of my union. <BR> <BR> The good: <BR> I lost the hormone weight that I gained last week. <BR> I met my exercise goal of 1250 monthly minutes. <BR> I'm working on increasing my servings of fruit and vegetables and having good success. <BR> I've been pop free for a month now and have found that a little lemon and lime juice in my water is quite refreshing. <BR> I'm eating mostly whole grains. <BR> <BR> The bad: <BR> My measurements are exactly th... Mon, 7 May 2012 21:32:58 EST Things that stress me out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864782 In keeping with the stress busting challenge, here are things that stress me out. <BR> 1 - the telephone, especially when it's my mother. <BR> 2 - my mother in law <BR> 3 - my ward <BR> 4 - tight money <BR> 5 - my kid's school - 16 1/2 days until summer vacation. <BR> <BR> Ok. So now I'm supposed to come up with some goals for how to deal with my stressors. I've been sitting here for quite some time now and have written and deleted several paragraphs. Now I'm going to go do something phys... Thu, 3 May 2012 13:21:13 EST The 5th grade track meet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852150 I went to the 5th grade Hershey track meet today. Wow! some of those kids are fast. The winner of the 400 m had a time of 1:10. In the 200 m 30 seconds. The 100 m 15 seconds. 800 m about 3:20. <BR> <BR> I was reminded of an important lesson. Run your own race. It's sad to see kids win their heat only to find that their time wasn't good enough. Especially when they slowed down just before the finish line because they were ahead of the others. It's great to see kids who give it the... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:20:08 EST And the winner is? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845676 Me! I've been worried about the 5k that my family ran this morning. I was worried about the course and my ankle and whether to go with my new minimalist shoes or my regular trainers. So here's how it went. <BR> 1) We had a plan. This race is a 5k/1 mile. We were doing the 5k which takes the same route as the 1 mile for the first mile. The trick there is to not try to keep up with the milers (like we did last year) and to focus on our own 5k pace. Then the plan was to take regularly sc... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 18:09:21 EST First run of the year tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844443 Tomorrow is the pay-it-forward fun run. I'm trying to remember the FUN part of the title. I get way to serious and competitive about stuff like this. This won't even be a timed event. Just a reason for people who live in my town to get out and exercise together. So what's the problem? <BR> I don't know. My ankle is bothering me and I'm absolutely going to have to see the doctor which I've been putting off. I'm thinking maybe on Monday I'll gather my courage and go. <BR> Also, I'm con... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:44:48 EST If in doubt. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838272 If in doubt about your motivation to exercise, lift some weights and then take a 9 year old for a walk. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:22:27 EST Taelor's big win. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832309 The other day we went to the track to work on speed for the Hershey track meet. When we were about done, we met a young man (19) who was just arriving for his own workout. He was a friendly sort or guy. It turned out that he is the son of one of my closest high school friends. <BR> He ran up alongside my son and I as we were finishing up our last 1/4 mile. When we were done, we headed over to say hello to the boys parents. <BR> My husband and Taelor came and asked if we were done. Sin... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 18:19:16 EST My first road run in my minimalist shoes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830300 This morning I went for my first road run in my new happy minimalist shoes. After my warm up, I did 5 k, followed by a nice cool down walk. I did 5 to 1 intervals. I stopped to stretch after the first 5 minutes and took a walk interval about halfway through to let a shin muscle relax, but the rest of the run was great. All together including that walk interval, the 5 k took 41 minutes which I think is pretty good. I usually don't walk for 7 minutes in the middle of a 5k, so I think the p... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:27:51 EST state of the union http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827597 Weigh and measure day was yesterday. I've gained two pounds, but I lost an inch off my butt, and a little off my waist and thigh. I gained a little on my calf. Like my calf needs to be bigger. Hello, I'm not a guy. Extra muscular calves does not look sexy on a girl. But then we've discussed my short stockiness before. The important thing here is the inch off the caboose. <BR> I met my fitness minutes goal last month <em>244</em> and raised the minutes by 250 for this month. One we... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 19:32:34 EST I had a goal setting thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819247 I had one of those ah ha! moments. I was taking a spark quiz and it asked how long I allow to reach my goals. I had to take a moment to think. I don't know exactly what my goal weight is. I have more of a range in mind. I don't know what date I'm supposed to reach my goal weight by. Then it occurred to me that I have no control over exactly what I will weigh on any given day. My goals are more along the lines of things I have control over. Things I can choose. <BR> For example, my fi... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:08:57 EST One week pop free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816753 I'm one week pop free. And how do I feel? Kind of yucky, actually. I can't blame it on the lack of pop because my husband also feels kind of yucky and he has never drunk pop. He thinks it's yucky. The thing is that when I don't feel so well, I like pop. It settles my stomach. So here I am trying to come up with an alternative stomach settling favorite. I'm thinking maybe green tea (which I don't really like, but seems to help), maybe chicken soup for lunch. <BR> <BR> The thing I mos... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:27:42 EST homemade stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812876 I've been learning to make some things at home. Mostly I want to know what I'm eating, but as a perk, it costs less and is fun. Recently I've made English muffins which were really good. I've been making some things out of sour dough including hot dog and hamburger buns. <BR> <BR> Today I make flour tortillas. Nothing but flour, salt, a very little oil, and milk. It was really easy until it came time to roll them out. What a workout! Can I count it as fitness? It took me about 1/2 an... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:59:33 EST Trying the barefoot thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807271 I'm giving the barefoot thing a try. I've had so many problems with shin splints and my ankle that I think this is a last resort. I so don't want to give up running. I've been working on strengthening my ankles and that seems to be helping. I've been doing some barefoot walking on my treadmill and outside. I've done a little barefoot running on the treadmill and on the grass. I bought some Saucony Hattori minimalist shoes. I really hope it works for me. <BR> <BR> I'm worried because I... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:34:22 EST I'm on a quest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803895 I'm on a quest to not buy any food with ingredients that I can't identify. I've been reading ingredient lists of food around the house. We're good with breakfast cereal and milk and produce, and I mostly cook my own food from scratch, but there are some things that are prepackaged that I'll have to watch. <BR> The kicker is going to be my diet pop habit. I plan to quit. I'm not all that comfortable with artificial sweetener. The problem is that pop is my comfort food. I nurse it along a... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:07:16 EST I think I'm getting sick. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4801642 I think I'm getting sick. My teeth hurt when I bend forward and I've been coughing all day. Plus I feel fatigued. I have every right to feel fatigued because I've been working hard all week. We trimmed a willow tree in our yard which meant branches to haul. Plus we're putting a wood floor in our house which means pulling up a subfloor and other manual labor (furniture moving and stuff). But I feel worn down. And I can't complain if I get sick because I've been remarkable healthy this w... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:35:07 EST The high and the low http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797184 I went for a barefoot run/walk on my treadmill. It was really fun. Mostly I walked, but I really enjoyed the run part. Boy, you really don't heal plant when running barefoot. And I have to say that while the bottoms of my feet are grateful that my activity wasn't very long, my legs and ankles are feeling great. That's the high. <BR> <BR> The low: you know those moments in your life that no one should ever remind you of? The life altering painful memories that shouldn't have happened i... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:13:26 EST What I did today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795881 Today I did a little yoga, a bunch of laundry, made a skirt, made homemade English muffins which became homemade egg McMuffins, went grocery shopping, logged my food, changed the kids sheets (no small task), worked on the dining room floor, rode my exercise bike, and earned my sleep. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:23:48 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793194 I've never been to the gym. Never. I don't even know what the inside of the gym looks like. I don't even know how to go about going to the gym. There is one in my small little town, which is nothing short of a miracle. It appears that they have kick boxing classes and stuff. <BR> My son goes to a gym where he lives. He said they have cardio theater which is apparently a real theater with exercise equipment that you use while you watch a movie. That sounds cool. <BR> I think a gym mi... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 10:48:06 EST Minimalist footware http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792381 I bought my first pair of minimalist running shoes today. I'm so excited. I went looking for the Saucony Hattori. I've read about them online and thought I'd just go to the store for sizing and then buy some later. But, happy day! I found some on clearance for just $20.00. Only one color was on clearance and they only had it in 3 sizes. And lucky me, my size was there. So now I can try them without a big financial commitment! Yippee!!! <em>186</em> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 18:18:02 EST Windy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786092 It's been windy all day. Yesterday, too. Yesterday I went for a run in spite of the wind which was a challenge. It was like running on a treadmill. <BR> Today, I woke up tired. I can't blame daylight savings time because I've been very careful to make sure I go to bed on time according to the clock. I just didn't really sleep well. I got up anyway and did my morning stuff. Things were going fine. I got the kids to school, hubby to work, yoga done. I cleaned my room including cleani... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:03:55 EST successful weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783604 I've been doing really well with controlling my sugar intake. Still weekends have typically been a challenge for me. In fact, I usually don't even track food on weekends because it's such a disaster. <BR> This weekend, however, I tracked everything. I was in complete control all weekend (mostly) including Saturday night ice cream and the hamburgers that were on the menu for Friday night. I had a really yummy grilled turkey burger instead. <BR> Here's the mostly. My BIL's birthday was Sun... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:45:37 EST Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780453 It's Saturday! I love Saturday. Add that to yesterday's list of things I love. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:36:25 EST Things I love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779233 Here are some things I love. <BR> <BR> Sunny weather. I always feel better in sunny weather. I love the occasional rain, but nothing beats sunshine. I love riding my bike through the country side near my home. I pass fields of hay, cows, horses. I can see for miles. I like walking also near my home. This morning was perfect for a walk. Not too cold, but a light jacket was good. This afternoon I plan to go for a run. <BR> <BR> Yoga. Yoga is a wonderful mixture of strength training... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 13:19:49 EST menu planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776434 I've started planning a menu for a week and shopping to the menu. I've never done that before, but I really like it. We've always had a problem of waiting until 5:00 and then wondering what we should have for dinner. Now I can cook in the morning which I really prefer and put dinner in the crockpot or assemble the casserole and put it in the fridge to be baked later. Meals are going so much better. <BR> It all started one day when I was trying to make a grocery list at the same time I was... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 21:57:34 EST And the weather keeps changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774012 You know how some people can tell you when a storm is coming by a pain in a certain joint? Well, I can feel it in my neck. My neck stiffens up and causes headaches. I've had a headache every evening for a week now. Why? The weather. We have a storm, then a warmer day and then another storm front. It seems to be more of a barometric pressure change thing. Several days of storms is fine and several nice days is fine. It's the change that causes problems. So I tell my family that I'm j... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 15:25:20 EST good weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4772790 We had nice sunny weather today. That's pretty exciting. I took full advantage and took my two dogs out for a run. I'm a slow runner, but I felt like I was dragging them along. Still, we had a nice run/walk together. <BR> <BR> For all of you in tornado alley - my thoughts are with you and I wish you the best. Stay safe. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 22:31:57 EST