GAYLLYNNE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GAYLLYNNE GAYLLYNNE'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/ Leaving on a jet plane...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735180 So excited. My son and I are leaving in about an hour for SC and his orientation at college. I get to do all the "Parent" things and he will be going to info meetings, meeting with his advisor, and taking a math placement test. He will be much busier than I will be but, I am hoping to see the rooms he will be in. <BR> <BR> I want to take some measurements so I can get curtains, rug and bathroom stuff. I'm such a mom LOL!! <BR> <BR> Very excited here. My first glimpse of the school as h... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:07:47 EST Busy week ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732444 My son and I will be going to a huge flea market this weekend. We are trying to gather as much stuff as he will need for college in the fall. It can get costly so this will help. <BR> <BR> They need so much stuff. Linens, and towels and shower curtains and in my son's case, things for the kitchen because he will be in a suite. <BR> <BR> Since his dad is moving, he will get a lot of stuff from him but we're excited about shopping and picking things out. I have to say it's much easier... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:38:41 EST So sad, so tragic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727319 This week has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I have been so incredibly happy for my son, with his graduation and he is going to lots of parties. I have been invited to a few myself. This Sunday, I am throwing him a brunch with friends and family to celebrate. So many blessings. <BR> <BR> Today, I got a message from a girlfriend that has thrown me for a loop. We have been friends for over 40 years. I was the maid of honor at her wedding. I remember how she struggled ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:40:21 EST He did it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726172 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78718304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1154681390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> He graduated!!! I'm so proud of my son! After so much work, so much heartache, he is a high school graduate. I was so choked up during the ceremony but it's over and he's accomplished something so special. <BR> <BR> My son has some (minor) special needs so this was even more exciting. We went to dinner at a VERY fancy restau... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:17:26 EST Happy Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718341 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1659300246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Father's Day to all. I miss my dad every day and feel like the luckiest girl on the planet to have had such a great father. This is the two of us from a very long time ago. He is gone 3 years now and I still miss him every day. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:50:20 EST So Proud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715266 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l132248286.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This Friday is the prom!! I went through this 5 years ago with my daughter and now my son. We got his tux today and he tried it on so I could take some pictures. I cannot believe he is all grown up!!! <BR> <BR> Next month he goes to orientation at college and in August he enrolls college, leaving home. Ughhh my baby is leaving me!! <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of this child. He has had a very tough time an... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:18:43 EST What Memorial Day means to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702694 This is the weekend of reflection. We remember our fallen heroes. Without them, we wouldn't enjoy the freedom we have in the wonderful country we live in. Most of all, I remember those I have loved dearly and fought for this country. My dad, (the best dad ever!) lost his right arm, just above the elbow in WWII. I never knew him any other way. This wonderful man came home, went to college, got married, got a job and raised his family. Wow, what a guy. I was so lucky he was my dad. He a... Sun, 25 May 2014 10:31:18 EST Happy Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692460 Wishing all the moms and the women who are moms to those they didn't give birth to a very Happy Mother's day. I hope this day brings you all peace, love and tranquility. <em>214</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 08:19:47 EST When it rains, it pours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692213 So much has happened in the past couple of weeks. I turned on the spigot to the front of my house and the water poured out from the ceiling in my garage!! Arghhhh <BR> <BR> The plumber came and found three burst pipes. Two in my garage and one in my foyer. They cut holes everywhere!! <BR> <BR> The good news is that it's all covered by insurance (thank goodness) and I was able to get it patched and I got a new paint job in the foyer and all the way up the stairs on that one wall. It loo... Sat, 10 May 2014 21:17:57 EST life as I know it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690808 It's been a while since I've blogged. Time just seems to fly by. It has been a tough time for me. <BR> <BR> Next week we go to trial for my divorce. This has been a long time coming but it makes it no less painful. You think you know someone and find out you have no clue who they are. <BR> <BR> I hope it's over soon and I can move on. I am going to have to move, now I will have to figure out where. It's going to be quite a year next year!! Thu, 8 May 2014 19:46:00 EST Passover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670460 Next week starts the holiday of Passover. It is kind of a labor intense holiday . Special foods, special meals, lots of company. <BR> <BR> It is my favorite holiday but this one has special meaning. It may be the last one in this house and the last one with both my children here. When my son leaves for college he will be 15 hours away and won't be able to come home. I am grateful that he lives near my niece in S.C. and she will gladly take him in. Maybe we will all go there next year. ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:56:56 EST It was 23 years ago today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654409 I am finding it hard to believe, but it was 23 years ago today that I gave birth to the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! My daughter has been such a joy. Sure, there have been challenging times but I wouldn't give that up for anything. She now lives about an hour and a half from me. She has a great job and a boyfriend and a life. My college graduate!! I miss her but am so proud of the incredible woman she has become. I'm leaving shortly to take her to brunch with my son!!! (of co... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:35:59 EST He's in!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646864 Yesterday was one of the happiest days of my life. My son, who really isn't a very good student was waiting to hear from the college he really wanted to go to. <BR> <BR> He applied to 8 schools. Right away, three schools said "no" and one school deferred him (which is pretty much a no anyway). He was really down and felt like he was never going to get into a school. <BR> <BR> We kept checking the status of his applications online every day but to no avail. They kept asking for more and ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:33:38 EST The Beatles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622962 I am snowed in today and getting a chance to see things I have taped. I am currently watching the Beatle special. Wow!! <BR> <BR> I was very young when the Beatles came to America but I remember it. I was madly in love with George Harrison :) <BR> <BR> This special is so fabulous and the music brings tears to my eyes. Very nostalgic. If you haven't seen it or get the chance to tape it, do! No matter how old you are, you will love the music. There really were brilliant. <BR> <BR> I m... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:31:29 EST My winner!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619283 Yesterday, was the divisions wrestling tournament. It is a precursor to the sections tournament which will take place next weekend. You have to place within the top 4 in order to participate in the sections tournament. <BR> <BR> The top 16 schools send their top four in each weight group. When the wrestling season started, my son would say, "I don't care about any of the tournaments, I just want to win divisions". <BR> <BR> Well, he DID!! My son, who wrestles at 152 lbs., took FIRST P... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:39:46 EST Ouch!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617578 This morning I had a sonogram guided needle to put cortisone into my thumb joint. If you are wondering if it hurt, well YES!! It was awful!! He said, "You'll feel a little pressure"....anyone remember that line from childbirth?? Yeah, that translates to PAIN!! It's ok now, the cortisone should kick in in 2 weeks. I am then going for physical therapy to strengthen the muscle that goes from the thumb to the wrist. It will stave off surgery. Apparently, they can give you a new thumb joint, just ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 07:42:49 EST It's a start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609933 I haven't been doing well on eating healthy and exercising. I just have so much going on in my life that sometimes I feel paralyzed. <BR> <BR> I have some stomach issues and when I do some walking it makes it a whole lot better. I have to go to court today (again) and get very stressed. I don't have much time but....I jumped on the treadmill, figuring that 10 mins is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Half hour later, I'm done! Yes, I have to hustle now but I'm so happy I did this. Small s... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:09:21 EST A Winner!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598445 I just returned from from a two day wrestling tournament. What whirlwind!! My son, who wrestles at 152 lbs was with one of 14 schools participating in this. These boys wrestled time after time. <BR> <BR> I cannot even express how proud I am. My son, his two best friends on the team (Brian, 120 lbs and David, 160 lbs), all placed in third. That really is huge! There were hundreds of boys there and make it to the top 6 is incredible. To come in third, was, well WOW!! <BR> <BR> I am j... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:16:34 EST Happy Birthday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592632 18 years ago, New York was in the middle of the worst blizzard it had seen in a century. In the middle of this, I gave birth to my precious son. He was born screaming and has made his presence known ever since. <BR> <BR> He is my youngest child. I can't believe he's 18 already. We have been filling out college forms, deciding what he wants to study and I am finding it hard to not cry. This fall, I will be alone. <BR> <BR> How did my little boy, who drove me crazy running after him, ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:05:27 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576890 Wishing all my spark people friends (who are like family now) a wonderful, happy, healthy new year!! I wish you joy, peace and all that you want for this coming year! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:09:08 EST More good news about being wheat free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568714 If I wasn't convinced before, I am now. I just had my mammogram and follow up sonogram. I have to have this because of the lumpectomy I had in '09. (that lumpectomy turned out to be benign, but since it was "pre" cancerous they watch me closely). <BR> <BR> I usually have lots of cysts but nothing alarming. Today, after the sono, nothing, not even a cyst. The tech asked if I was doing anything differently and I had to think about this. Then I realized I stopped eating wheat. I told her this ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:09:27 EST Lesson learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563422 As many of you know, I went wheat free. It didn't seem that big of a deal and was quite easy as I'm not much of a bread eater. <BR> <BR> Over Thanksgiving, I had a little (yes, I had a bit of stuffing) but not much. Then.....one of my clients gave me a giant Panatone. My son wanted to know what it was, so we opened it. <BR> <BR> One thing lead to another and we ate some, made some french toast with it and so on. The day after I had a little headache. I had a little more of the bread ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:38:56 EST Wheat Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534140 I have decided to go wheat free for a while. I was going to try it for a week but today, a week is up and I'm going to keep going. <BR> <BR> I do not have a problem with wheat but, I have learned that wheat today is not the wheat we ate as a kid. Most of it is GMO and it's just not that good for you. <BR> <BR> My first reaction to being wheat free was never being out of the bathroom. I just (not to be crude) peed my brains out!! Somehow, I lost a huge amount of bloat. I see in face... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 17:30:47 EST Time Flies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529291 I sit here remembering how I used to take my children all over town trick-or-treating. It was so much fun and, to be honest, I miss it a lot. Last night, I got just one group of children that came to my door. The neighborhood has grown up, no kids here and these were from another neighborhood. Then, it started to rain, no more kids. Last year Sandy hit and that was another nightmare altogether! <BR> <BR> The happy note of today is, as soon as my son gets home from school, we are going ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:09:54 EST Finally back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524531 I had my foot surgery near the end of August. It has been a long haul. My foot is still swollen but I am not in as much pain. I finally got back into sneakers this past week. <BR> <BR> The horrible part is that I've gained 10 lbs in the past 8 weeks. It makes me angry at myself but I working through that. The gain wasn't entirely because of the foot, it is also part emotional eating because I am going through the divorce from hell. <BR> <BR> This morning I decided I've had enough ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 10:49:10 EST Gravity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510801 I haven't been going to the movies as much as I would like of late. I used to go once a week but life hasn't really been agreeable. <BR> <BR> Today, I did manage to get out and got to see "Gravity". Wow, what a movie. I am not good with heights so I actually got dizzy during some of this but all in all, what an incredible movie. <BR> <BR> We saw it in 3D and for a movie like this, it was so perfect. I give this two thumbs up. Well worth seeing!!! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:32:00 EST What a week!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485996 This week was so awful. My son was supposed start school on Monday but Sunday I get a call from his dad that he is at the Dr. and isn't feeling well. That was an understatement. <BR> <BR> I got my son home on Sunday afternoon and by the evening we were in the ER. He was so sick!! He ended up seeing three Drs and getting three different diagnosis. <BR> <BR> One said acute tonsillitis, one said strep throat and one said Mono. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the mono turned out to be the right... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 08:43:31 EST It's been a long week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479409 The week was really tough. There was the holiday in the middle and I ate things I shouldn't have but what can I say. <BR> <BR> Most of that stuff is gone now and to jump start my week, I am juicing today. Just for the day. I feel that it clears my head and maybe my body too of bad stuff and I can start the week anew. <BR> <BR> It's all good. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 11:00:07 EST The end result http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473605 So, after two days of juicing the end result was I lost one pound. Ok was hoping for a little more but for me to lose a pound in a weekend is pretty darn good. It usually takes me a week to do that! <BR> <BR> I feel that I have jump started my healthy living. I feel like I lost some bloat which is a great feeling!! So all in all, this was a good thing. <BR> <BR> I'm going to juice at least once or twice a week. I think it will keep me on track to a healthier life! <BR> <BR> I have to ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:34:04 EST Day two of juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472704 I am about halfway through my second day of the juice cleanse. In no way is this easy. <BR> <BR> First, I am really hungry. My stomach is growling and although I get to eat a salad at the end of the day, I look forward to it like it's a treat!! <BR> <BR> Second, with so much juicing, I am drinking so much, I spend half the day in the bathroom. My son is making fun of me as I can't watch a TV program with him without having to stop it at least once to run to the bathroom. At least I kn... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 15:29:09 EST Juice Cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471545 I watched a Dr. Oz program about cleaning out your system through juicing. It made a lot of sense to me and since my foot surgery which makes it nearly impossible to exercise, I needed to do something to keep me from exploding! <BR> <BR> <BR> The morning juice was easy and delicious. Apples, carrots and ginger. Yum. I will have several more juices today that have different ingredients including kale, spinach, beets etc. Not sure how those will be but I'm going to do it! <BR> <BR> I bo... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:30:04 EST walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460968 I'm off to the Dr. to make sure I can use my walking boot. I can't wait. I've been stuck in the house for a week!! Once I get the ok, I have some shopping to do and, thank goodness my son is home, I can have a chauffeur! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck!!!! Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:56:56 EST The little things..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458034 It's the third day since my surgery and today I got to take a shower!!! We forget the little things that make us feel good. <BR> <BR> I have this contraption that goes over my foot to keep the bandage dry but I wasn't allowed to shower until I wasn't on the pain medication (makes sense!). <BR> <BR> Now I am clean and feeling so much better. Another week and I'll be in my "walking boot" and able to get around better. <BR> <BR> Day by day. Back to the recliner to put my foot up! Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:06:46 EST Healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457423 Honestly, this is the hard part. For the next week I have to pretty much stay off my feet completely. I can walk to the bathroom etc but not much more. I see the Dr. next Tuesday and will get my "walking boot" so I can get around. <BR> <BR> This is so boring and not doing anything is exhausting. Even though I'm not an exercise buff, I am used to moving and going and doing what I please. It's like being a prisoner. What's even worse, this will take months before I am truly able to wal... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:30:28 EST Recovering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455965 I had my foot surgery yesterday. It's kind of a blur but apparently it went very well. <BR> <BR> I have to stay off my feet for at least a week and I can't drive for several weeks. Oh well, at least it's done and a good time for me because so many of my clients are away till after Labor Day. <BR> <BR> The good news is that by the new year I should be able to wear my shoes and not be in pain. Glad I was able to do this while I still have health insurance! <BR> <BR> Getting there, gett... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:50:13 EST surgery today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454682 I'm leaving in a few minutes for the hospital for my foot surgery. I'm a little apprehensive but who wouldn't be. <BR> <BR> I know I'll be fine and so much happier when this is over but dang.....getting older isn't fun at all!!! I feel like I finally got my head together and my body is falling apart! <BR> <BR> I will be back on tomorrow (maybe later). Wish me luck!!! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:58:00 EST One more day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453240 Just one more day of work and then I have my bunion surgery. I think I'm a little apprehensive about it. I want it done and over with but the recovery time is awful. I will be on crutches for at least 3 to 6 months. It makes work so hard for me. <BR> <BR> Ok, I am alright. I just hate the idea of more surgery. At least the foot pain can stop!!! <BR> <BR> Oh well, on the bright side, I have air conditioning!!!!! Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:42:27 EST Pre-Op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445823 Next week I am having more bunion surgery. Yuck! I figured since the majority of my clients are away until after Labor Day, this would be a really good time to get this done. <BR> <BR> Today I went for my pre-op physical. Barring any bad news from the blood/urine tests, I'm in perfect shape for the surgery. EKG was perfect, blood pressure was perfect and every other stupid test they could do was perfect. <BR> <BR> Sheesh, I could have told them that!! Sometimes I think they over do t... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:38:33 EST The saga continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442031 I am so tired of bad news. Not horrible news (that would be health scares and the like) but bad news. <BR> <BR> They came to fix my air conditioner yesterday. They were here for over 4 hours. The new compressor is in but....it still doesn't work. Ugh...I'm losing it! <BR> <BR> Apparently, there is a little part (about the size of your fist) that controls the freon going into the compressor and it is malfunctioning, causing the compressor to short out. The repairman told me it is highl... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:19:55 EST today's the day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440804 If anyone has been following the saga of no air conditioning during a heat wave, here's the great news. Today, they are coming to fix it!! HOORAY!! <BR> <BR> The part came in on Tuesday but I had to work yesterday and someone needed to be here to let them in. They said they would come today unless it rained. The forecast called for rain...enter panic. <BR> <BR> Woke up, the sun was shining with some clouds. It is supposed to rain, but later in the afternoon so.......they should be here... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:30:33 EST Right place, right time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427693 Yesterday, during 100 degree weather, my air conditioner died. What a nightmare. Just getting someone to come out to look at it took dozens of phone calls and when I finally got someone, I find out the compressor died. They actually gave me a price of $4500. to replace it. I nearly had heart failure!! <BR> <BR> The good news was that the unit wasn't that old. The guy who came (who was so nice) said he thought he could get a warranty and then I could have it replaced and just pay labor. ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:37:13 EST Food poisoning!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415467 Serves me right. Last night I was cleaning out some things in the kitchen. I had a couple of jars that had some pasta in them that had been there for a very long time. Instead of throwing it out, I cooked it and had it for dinner. It never occurred to me that pasta could go bad. <BR> <BR> Trust me on this....it can!! I was so sick last night, doubled over and couldn't get out of the bathroom. Lesson learned. Feel much better today, just a little weak. <BR> <BR> I am going to try and... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:31:40 EST Relaxing?? Really??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411525 My status today says I'm relaxing. Ha! <BR> <BR> So far today, I boxed up material for my brother and went to the post office. Then I went to the UPS store to return something. Then I ran over to the dentist to get my braces fixed and I just spent over an hour working on cleaning out the garage. <BR> <BR> Now I need to go to the library and then to pick up a couple of things from the grocery store. <BR> <BR> You call this relaxing??? I think NOT!!!!!!!!!!!! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:50:34 EST Happy Independence day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410816 Just a note to wish all my spark friends a wonderful July 4th. We are lucky we live in a wonderful country that insures our rights and freedoms. Say thanks to a vet and spend time with friends and family. That's what it's all about!! <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:03:29 EST Ouch!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402729 What a day I had yesterday! I ran into work to just get a little bit done and came right back home, jumped into the shower and then off to the Endodontist (root canal dentist). I was supposed to have two but turns out I only needed one. Thank goodness!!!! <BR> <BR> The procedure took over an hour and a half. It was brutal. He said it usually is done in two visits but I wanted it over with. I'm glad I did because it's over! <BR> <BR> From his office I went to my regular dentist. He th... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:04:07 EST My personal best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398192 I have been really trying to make sure I get exercise in when I'm not working. I have been walking the lake almost every morning. <BR> <BR> Today, I really had a personal best. It was great! I walked from my house to the lake, around the lake and back. A total of 4 miles. <BR> <BR> I did this in an hour and 5 minutes. That's a 16 minute mile. Ok, it's not all that fast but, I started with going a 19 minute mile and I've cut it down. I really want to get it to 15 min but will take a l... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:04:31 EST Pilates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395445 During hurricane Sandy I lost all power for two weeks. I had no electricity or heat for nearly two weeks. It was awful, bitter, bitter cold. <BR> <BR> My friends really tried to help me out. A couple of them took me to their health clubs so I could take a class and use the shower. One friend took me to a yoga class (my first) and I enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> My other friend took me to a pilates class (my first). I loved it! I was in pain for the next two days but that told me I was using... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:16:30 EST I did it, finally!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390287 A couple of months ago I got a pedometer. I wear it all the time. I want to do the recommended 10,000 steps a day but, hey, that's not easy. There were some days I would get close, 8,000 or 9,000 but I couldn't get to the 10,000 mark. <BR> <BR> Today, I did it!! I started my day by walking to the local lake, walking around it and then back home. About 4 miles in total. I did more work around the house today and viola! I hit 10,000 and even went over!! <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, I ca... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:08:53 EST Back from the wedding trip to Toronto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377080 I just got home from Toronto. Originally my flight was supposed to leave at 7 pm and I would have been home by 9. I left the wedding early as my relatives were dispersing and went to the airport. I figured I would just hang out until my flight. I went to check in at United and was immediately told that my flight had been cancelled. Not delayed but cancelled. I was not happy. <BR> <BR> They asked me if I would go to any other airport. I told them they could get me into White Plains airpo... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 18:16:05 EST The Graduation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368248 I know I have been talking about this for a while but it finally happened! My daughter graduated from the University Of Delaware yesterday!! It was just a wonderful day!! <BR> <BR> It started the day before which was a nightmare. The usually scant 3 hour trip was over 5 hours. Not only was it the first day of a holiday weekend but it was pouring rain the entire way. There were miles and miles that I couldn't go over 20 mph. It was very stressful to say the least!! <BR> <BR> We got the... Sun, 26 May 2013 09:25:48 EST