GRANDEFILLE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GRANDEFILLE GRANDEFILLE'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/ Another monthly visit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033640 Apparently I have been here once a month lately. I have been really busy. <BR> <BR> Good thing is I feel a lot better. The after effects of having to have a blood transfusion are basically gone. My thyroid was a bit slow on my last blood test so it would explain why I am still tired. <BR> <BR> I am doing great! our puppy Maya is getting bigger and bigger and our dog Raven is getting used to not being mistreated. She is less and less nervous when we talk loud. Having the dogs makes m... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:56:36 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012509 Hello friends. I have been away licking my wounds for a little while... <em>41</em> I am back. <BR> I started working this week. I am tired but glad to go back. I can't stay home forever! <BR> <BR> I've also started walking with Maya. I've been going out with her every morning except Thursday (I was too tired to even go to work). walking the dog is great! We've been out 8 times this week for a total distance of 16km. We also did some walk/run training 2 times this week. I feel gre... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:13:19 EST I'm still here.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993590 I have not been very active because I am resting a lot. I did go for some blood work Tuesday and now I have to go see my GP to find out what were the results. Appart from knowing blood is still abnormal I don't know exactly in what way. <BR> <BR> I hae also made the decision to quit my job. I figured that with all the negative things that have happened in my life in the last 3 years I had to act on the one thing I have control over. Being sick is not a choice and appart from doing what n... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 18:10:17 EST update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984505 Yesterday I had to go back to the hospital to have them look at a big hematoma that had formed on my abdomen. <BR> <BR> Well good news is there was no pocket of blood in my abdomen. Not so good news is that there had been a leak at some point and my hemoglobin had gone seriously down so I needed some blood. They gave me a bag and I stayed the night to make sure it was enough. The last tests this morning was still acceptable so I was allowed to come back home. <BR> <BR> I am off work till... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:59:47 EST here we go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982637 This is not a good week. Thrusday evening we were supposed to go pick up the new puppy and that did't happen. Instead, I showed up at the ER around 2 am Thursday and ended up having surgery around 7 pm. <BR> <BR> I just got out this morning and I am getting sick of this. I am ready to let other people have their share of surgeries. Enough is enough! <BR> <BR> I get Irony now. Irony is having your gallbladder removed when you have been eating well for over 2 months! <BR> <BR> Sorry ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:29:30 EST week 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979686 first : there will be no weight in as I am in vacation and will not go to the doctor this week. <BR> <BR> Friday was my last day at work before vacation and it was also the last day at work for my daughter's friend who had gotten a summer job at the company I work for. We had decided that we would go bra shoping then have dinner at a sushi place. <BR> <BR> I needed a bra that wasn't black. So I asked for a 38 as usual. I try it on, I can hook it at the smallest position and it is still t... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:10:53 EST feeling good about myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976568 It's wednesday 10am and I am at work (yeah using a bit of company time to blog... <em>18</em> ) <BR> <BR> This week has started well with the 7.6 pounds loss. It has been a great week also because it is my last before my 2 weeks home on vacation with no school and no work! ... mmmm wondering what I will do... Am I able to do nothing after all that I have done this year? <BR> <BR> I tend to look at my success in life with very narrow vision. If I am on a weight loss journey like I am... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:59:10 EST week 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975518 Last week's weight was a reflection of the bad weekend I had had. SO this week I was planning on losing the 3.8 pounds I had gained and some more. To do that, I was to follow strictly the diet for the whole week. I did that. <BR> <BR> My week was busy. I waited the whole time to get my final grade in my calculus class. It was also a week of frustration with the pool. I haven't been able to keep the water clear all summer. I finally decided to change the sand in the filter. I had for... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:38:14 EST week 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971953 OK, so here it is... <BR> <BR> weight in : 232.8 <BR> last week : 229 <BR> <BR> That is a 3.8 pounds gain! hopefully I'll be able to correct that this week. No need to keep those too long <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So far so good. since Monday morning (yeah I know.. not even 2 days..) I have been very good. I do plan on keeping it that way for the week. I did have a goal of reaching 220 by mid September! <BR> <BR> I am waiting for my final grade... Hopefully I'll have at least a... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:22:41 EST when things calm down and you have time to feel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971294 As you know, if you've read me last week, this Saturday was my final exam for my calculus class. I had promised myself I would do nothing this weekend appart from the exam. To finally relax and sleep after months of sleep deprivation, studies, grief and all... <BR> <BR> I had my last class on Wednesday. My husband, feeling better, decided he would pick me up at school so I wouldn't have to take the train back. It makes a big difference. Finishing school at 9pm I usually walk up to the t... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:43:51 EST week 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969209 Ok so week 7... mmm¸ <BR> <BR> It started good. After the weight in on the 21st I had a good tuesday and a good wednesday. As discussed in my previous blog, I decided to offer a puppy to my husband in an attempt to lift his spirit. Well it did work! we went and chose the little one. We will be able to get her on August 19th. She is too young for now. Since I told him that I was to give him a puppy, he has been feeling a lot better. He is sleeping better and we can actually spend some... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:35:38 EST week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964288 So I had good news on the scale yesterday. Down to 229.6! getting closer and closer to my lowest weight-in since I joined Spark in April 2011 (225.8). Should be able to reach that goal in the next month. Then my next goal will be to be in the 210's <BR> <BR> As for my blog yesterday. I didn't want to give the impression that I put the needs of others before my own. It is only that when I do grieve, I will need my husband to support me. He is, at this time, unable to do that. So I'd r... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:39:03 EST 5th week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963799 For my 5th week, I had a 1 pound loss. That means 5 consecutive weeks posting a loss. That is fantastic! I couldn't be happier. <BR> <BR> On another note. The last week have been tough. My husband has a hard time getting passed the loss of his mother. I have been kind of waiting for my husband to heal before grieving for my father. I do my best to make his life easier so he can heal. I feel like I am carrying him with my two hands while keeping up with work, school, house work and al... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:05:22 EST 4th week weight-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956551 So i'm back from the doctor's appointment. I was happy to find out i'm down to 232 that means 19 pounds in 4 weeks! woohoo! <BR> <BR> only the math test! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 19:25:18 EST 4 weeks of a new diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955515 this Monday will be my 4th week weight-in. When I got to the first appointment with the doctor, I was back to 251. Last Monday, I had my 3rd week weight-in. I was 236.6 That means almost 15 pounds in 3 weeks. I am looking forward to Monday's weight-in. So far, this week has been very good. My only cheat was one strawberry. I couldn't resist it! it came from the farm and I knew it was going to be sweet. And it was. <BR> <BR> On another note, my husband lost his aunt this week. Th... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 19:05:18 EST June 24th 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950222 It has been 4 years since I joined the Spark. 4 years full of ups and downs. I have lost and found plenty of pounds that I have lost count of. But whatever happened in my life, I have never completely stayed away. I have been inactive for periods but kept coming here to read news of my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople has been a witness of a lot of things. Training to run for a 5 then a 10k, finding out ang going thru the treatments for a breast cancer. Getting married to the most ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:38:22 EST Semester is almost over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904257 I know I haven't been here for a long time. As I had written previously, I have started school in January. Since I plan on getting my Bachelor's In engineering of Information Technology and I don't intend for it to take forever, I took 2 classes this semester. That meant going to school 4 nights a week on top of working 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> My schedule was like this: <BR> Monday and Tuesday: <BR> - 5:30 get up <BR> - 6:05 get out of the house <BR> - 8:00 start the workday <BR> -16:0... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 13:46:16 EST Yes I'm still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814093 I have not been really active here. Let's face it, I have been absent. Reading a few blogs but not posting anything. <BR> <BR> I had surgery Sept 16th. should have been back to work 4 to 6 weeks after. Well, I'm still home. Going to the local health center 7 days a week to have the mesh taken out, getting the 2 sinuses that have formed cleaned and getting a new mesh. <BR> <BR> from the first infection, to the trip to the hospital, to the second infection, to the health clinic visits an... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:24:17 EST sept 22nd, meeting with the surgeon today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784607 well the surgery on Tuesday went well. It was a lot less painful than I expected so that was good news. I have an appointment today with the surgeon. It is a surgery follow up and he will take of the bandages. I will find out how much he has taken off them. One thing I can say is that I feel lighter already, who would have thought they were that heavy? I know it will take some weeks before the final look but even without seeing them right now and with the stiffness and lingering pain, I... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:58:31 EST Monday Sept 15th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780362 Yes I'm still alive and well. School has started and is keeping me real busy. Appart from the fact that I am going to school Monday to Thursday, that I work Monday to Friday, I have homeworks. So far the chemestry and calculus are not too hard, but there is quite a bit of homework. Plus I have this other class online that I have to make sure I respect the schedule. <BR> <BR> I love school. The energy there is fantastic! I wish I could be there full time already! There are a bunch of c... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:43:13 EST follow up from yesterday's blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775008 This is the container we filled with concrete : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1104582448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what it looks like this morning. Some of the grass hasn't taken so I just re-seeded some areas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967284535.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next summer will probably be the time for the bench I want to build on the side of the fence and the outside kitchen. we'll see. <BR> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:13:00 EST Sept 6th 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774837 it sure has been a busy week. <BR> <BR> I started classes on Tuesday. Calculus. It was fun to be there. The energy is sooo good there. The other students could be my children but I'm having a ball rubbing elbows with them. <BR> <BR> So, Tuesday and wednesday I took the car in the morning. I went directly to the U in the hope of getting a parking space there. Both morning none was free so I parked close to work. After work I went to class and then walked back the 1.9km to the car. <BR... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 22:26:23 EST August 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767175 I haven't posted since Aug. 1st. I have been busy finishing the work outside. It looks great! <BR> <BR> I am still losing weight slowly and I am proud of it. Seems I have really found my balance this time. I do not exercise, I do not follow a diet. I am just mindfull of not eatin too much and it is working so I'll keep doing just that. <BR> <BR> Life gets busy now. Tomorrow I have an assessment test at school, Thursday is my husband's birthday dinner with the girls. Then Friday I ha... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:21:00 EST day 53 of the new me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750996 This morning I was 234. Compared to the 248 I was weighting on June 16th, that is great! It means I have lost a total of 14 pounds in 53 days (just under 7 weeks) . an average of at least 2 pounds a week. <BR> <BR> What have I done? mainly I have not had any mindless eating episode. I am a lot calmer and have changed my attitude towards food. <BR> <BR> my weekday meals usually consist of : <BR> <BR> Breakfast : Around 5am <BR> 1 or 2 yogourt (Activia) I don't like the low fat low wh... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:49:13 EST I'm still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745806 So far this summer has been very busy.... I have managed to replace part of the fence for my backyard, destroyed concrete and got all the concrete in a container. Of course I had help to do it, but I have worked on that project 3 weekends in a row. (include Canada Day weekend wich had 4 days since I took a vacation day on the Monday) <BR> <BR> Last weekend I had decided I wouldn't do anything. Ever since June 24th (Quebec's national day), I haven't stopped. each day consisted of going to... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:11:29 EST Day 24 Still going and seeing changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736058 24 days ago I was back to 248. I was not happy about it but I had accepted it as my starting weight. <BR> <BR> what have I been doing since? Simple... eat less. I make sure I get enough veggies in my system. Raw veggies mostly. I bring my lunch at work wich normaly consists of 2 snacks and 1 meal. Snacks are usually yogurt & raw veggies. Lunch is some protein (chicken, ham, eggs, whatever is on hand at home) and raw veggies. Then, for dinner the rule is 1 plate only and desert no mor... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:41:42 EST day 8 (still going strong) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724006 this weekend was busy... <BR> Saturday, I attended my uncle's funeral in Deschaillons. that is a bit over 2 hours drive. So we left at 7 am. went to the funeral home then the church for the service, then the lunch. At wich I am happy to say I wasn't even tempted to touch the deserts. After the reception, we went with our cousins to the cabin on the side of the St-laurence river. Lots of childhood memories there. Then on the way back we stopped at "la fromagerie Lemaire" for dinner and... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:22:58 EST day 5 (small victories) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722144 Well so far so good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my daughter was having a party with her friends to celebrate the end of school. I got back from work in a house filled with goodies. I was to cook hambergers and hotdogs for the girls. My other daughter came for a visit. I managed to get some good red wine out for her without taking any, I didn't touch the chips nor any other goodies. I had a hamberger patty and 3 hotdogs. That gave me about 1700 calories wich makes my average calories per day... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:04:17 EST How I am learning to rely on ME for validation and success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721233 A few more things are coming into place.... <BR> <BR> Ever since I have started this quest, I have stumbled, found some clues of what made me unable to go back to my former self. And these past few weeks, I have found some again. <BR> <BR> I have been very good with my food goal and it hasn't been as tough as it has in the past. Why? What is different? <BR> <BR> I got most of my grades from University. A+, A and B+ the one I'm still waiting for looks like an A-. But there are still 2 ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:23:17 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720531 As I was saying, hearing about that lady's story has put my life and little miseries in perspective. So I was motivated to start over and do it right. It all comes down to me and I shouldn't use any excuse to not do it. <BR> <BR> I am aiming for between 1200 to 1550 calories a day <BR> <BR> Day 1 was Monday. <BR> =============== <BR> I was weighting 248 pounds when I woke up. mmmmm...... <BR> <BR> I had an appointment with the plastic surgeon. To make a story short, 2 years ago I aske... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:13:57 EST back from vacation, return to a normal life..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719033 The trip to Cuba was nice. We took the time, my husband and I, to relax. The Cubans are great people and the beach was fantastic. <BR> <BR> Now back to reality.... <BR> <BR> I finaly got on the scale and it wasn't good... I'm back to 248 pounds. <em>24</em> I really have to stop kidding myself and do what I have to do to lose weight. It's not like it is a secret recipe! I know what to do I just have to do it. time to stop putting everything off till tomorrow. <BR> <BR> While in... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:44:58 EST grrr... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700778 ok so right now I am not a happy camper... <BR> <BR> just back from the doctor's office. I went because I was told, after the lumpectomy that I would have to go see a doctor if the breast became red. Because they had to take out some lymph nodes, I would be at risk for Cellulitis. I saw the redness Tuesday but didn't think it would stay. Wednesday I woke up and the right one was the same size as the left one..mmm... Since a third of the right is gone to heaven, It means considerable swell... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:37:57 EST follow up on the weekend.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700471 Tuesday, my nephew came to look at the job and give me a list of things to buy to install a socket outside so I can buy a new pump and plug it. <BR> <BR> well... apparently the thought of being thrown away or the view of the tech scared the pump into starting again! As I was going to show my nephew how it didn't work, I flipped the switch and the pump started! yeah! $440 in my pockets! <BR> <BR> Nephew told me he'll be back Sunday to do a maintenance on the pump so I can keep it going f... Thu, 22 May 2014 05:52:43 EST long weekend adventures.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699139 This weekend was a long weekend. Monday being a holliday, I had decided to use this time to get the pool started, mow the lawn, get some cleaning done ... basically cramping a week's worth of work in a 3 days weekend. (why do we allways do that??) <BR> <BR> My daughter had a driver's lesson that I had to attend to. They took 2 hours to explain to us the right way to be when letting our kids drive with the learner's permit. Since we had forgotten her class in tuesday, we had to take it in S... Tue, 20 May 2014 10:46:55 EST May 2014. New sets of goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694934 As some of you know, this is a busy time for me. With work, school, supporting my husband etc. <BR> <BR> I can say that my life goes from high to low but mostly high. Appart from my mother in-law starting her chemo for lung cancer. <BR> <BR> - I have had my bi-yearly appointment with the oncologist, surgeon and radio-oncologist to confim I ham still cancer free <BR> - I have been accepted to get my bachelor's degree in Information Technology Engineering <BR> - I have passed the assessment... Wed, 14 May 2014 12:58:37 EST Life changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693215 to tell the truth, I haven't been on the scale for something like 2 weeks... I'm almost afraid to get on it! <em>20</em> . I have been busy. I have been preocupied. But I am well. <BR> Saturday I had to go to the university to take some assessment tests in math and science. Everyone had to. It was to make sure we remembered enough to follow our courses. It was only to determine if we needed refresher courses. <BR> <BR> So Saturday I went, for the first time to the school I will atte... Mon, 12 May 2014 09:06:52 EST I have been quiet lately I know. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690389 I haven't blog much lately and haven't been really active either.. I appologize to my Sparkfriend for not really commenting their blogs as I normally do. <BR> <BR> A lot is hapenning here. My mother in-law has recieved a diagnostic of lung cancer and it doesn't look good. So I have been taking real good care of my husband. He needs the support. Almost 2 years ago he had to go thru seeing me get my breast cancer diagnostic and go thru treatments that ended only last year. Now, a year af... Thu, 8 May 2014 09:22:18 EST Friday April 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680040 This week, so far is not so bad week. It started not so good with Easter and too much eating not so good stuff, but as the week progressed I did better. <BR> <BR> This week was also my follow up appointment with the oncologist and surgeon. That went well. The oncologist congratulated me for the fact that in August, it will be 2 years since the lumpectomy. I am to see them again in January. Got a routine mammo scheduled in Dec. And a referal to plastic surgery. I'll soon have a good di... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:33:38 EST Here is a short video of my father's 100th birthday bash! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677400 <BR> <BR> <link>vimeo.com/92552003 </link> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:18:07 EST week 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676270 This had been an interesting busy week. <BR> <BR> To make sure I will be on time for all the homework I have left to do. I have decided to stay at work 1-2 hours every night to do some. the environment in my office is a lot better to work than home. Mostly because there are less distractions. I did move ahead on my work, but arrived home way too famished. The result, I ate too much, way too much almost every night. <BR> <BR> So the plan this week will be to bring not only my lunch and ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:31:55 EST week 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671869 I just had another good week. I have to keep that streak of having good weeks. <BR> Being more focus during the work week and not putting pressure on myself on the weekends has worked for the last 3 weeks. Lets make sure it keeps working. <BR> <BR> I walked a bit more this week and my foot told me that althought it is feeling a lot better it isn't ready yet. SO this week I'll be carefull <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l344353236.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did get a... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:37:24 EST Moving along with my college applications http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668921 I was happy to find out this morning this message in my inbox : <BR> <BR> ========================= <BR> CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY <BR> <BR> Date : April 09, 2014 <BR> Student ID : <BR> <BR> Hélène Brochu <BR> <BR> <BR> Please let us know whether the mailing address is incorrect at: address.verification@concordia.ca <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Ms. Brochu, <BR> <BR> We have carefully reviewed your application, but we are unable to make a decision on the basis of the information we have at this... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:15:03 EST Week 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666395 Week 14 was to be a test in making myself lose weight with reduced exercises. <BR> <BR> I couldn't really walk (4.09 km total for the week) and did the 3 pushups training. What I did also is to bring bigger lunches to make sure I didn't get home so hungry I could eat a horse. I normally bring myself a lunch and 2 snacks totaling about 800 calories. This week I brought that up to at least 1000 calories. It apparently was effective in making me less hungry at night. So I was able to stay i... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:32:37 EST There is a lot to be said for using public transport http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662433 As some of you know, this week I am NOT walking. No more taking a walk instead of taking the bus. No more little walks at break time. That, until my feet heal. <BR> <BR> I am wearing my bodymedia anyway to see how my body is doing. This morning, when I uploaded on the computer I got a surprise. <BR> <BR> I am not taking walks, I work sitting in front a computer and I managed to do 5412 steps! <BR> My husbands teases me and say that I drink too much coffee and those steps are done ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:53:39 EST Week 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661509 I had a real bad start with food.... was expecting a gain again. Fortunately I have walked quite a bit and have managed to salvage the last few days. Result : a Loss of 0.5 pounds that is 0.1 more than the targeted 0.4 a week. So I ate away 0.1 pound off the "back log" of 6.4 pounds I had. <BR> <BR> I now have only 6.3 pounds to catch up. <BR> <BR> I did manage to walk 16.67km in that week so the distance back log is now down to 22.09km. <BR> I am aware that this number will increase s... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:37:26 EST March 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660788 Let's just say I am not a happy camper today.... I spent most of the weekend sitting because my ... foot was too painfull. This morning I walked as usual from the train to work but was in pain when I got there. <BR> Usually, after staying off my foot for the weekend, I am ok for most of the week. But apparently not this time. It looks like I really have to give it a break. <BR> <BR> This is frustrating... I had finaly found a routine that had become natural and was making me walk at l... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:26:32 EST podiatrist visit.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657847 I had my appointment with the foot doctor today. I was determined that I do have plantar fasciitis and also the begining of tendinitis of both Achilles' tendons. No wonder my feet hurt! <BR> <BR> For now, until I get my orthotics, she gave me a few instructions to follow. I am now forbiden to walk barefoot or with socks only. Even to go to the bathroom at night. She suggested Crocs shoes in the house to use as slippers because the sole is soft enough for comfort and the heel is slightly... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:09:58 EST wednesday March 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656823 This morning I woke up and I felt great!. I have been walking each morning from the train to work and from work to the train and have been taking little walks around the block morning and afternoons. It has now become a routine and that is what really makes me feel good about it. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have an appointment at the podiatrist and can't wait to see what can be done about my feet. Mostly my left foot. My doctor thinks it is plantar fasciitis. This thing has been bothersome beca... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:46:49 EST Week 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655992 Ok so here are the numbers for the week of birthdays. <BR> <BR> I managed to walk 15.08 km even if twice in the week I didn'T get to walk from work to the train since my husband came to get me at work. <BR> I did eat too much a few times. But the food was great at the Turkish restaurant Wednesday and at the Cajun restaurant on Friday. <BR> <BR> I don't have stats on my bodymedia armband since I have not put it on for the last 2 weeks. But I have the other stats <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:37:16 EST Monday March 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655374 I did have a nice birthday. Wednesday my husband was waiting for me when I got out of the office to bring me to a special dinner. It was nice to spend some time alone with him. We went home for desert. A gift was waiting for me there. A lawnmower! I was sooo happy! He knew I wanted and needed one. I'm the one taking care of the lawn in the summer and shoveling in the winter. And I do those chores because I love both. <BR> <BR> Thursday was quiet. Then Friday, He was again waiting o... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:42:08 EST