GUITARWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GUITARWOMAN GUITARWOMAN'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/ today is the first day of my streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569890 Well, Friday held together but yesterday was a bust. <BR> <BR> But, I am optimistic, and am starting again. A five day streak for me these days is pretty good. <BR> <BR> to get off the subject of me, we have ahd a really bad (no exaggeration) ice storm in my neck of the woods. It has been going on for a few days. In Toronto proper, there are 250,00 thousand people without power, the streetcars are not running, a couple or hospitals are without power. Most of the damage is from tree lim... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:08:21 EST yesterday was the fourth day of my streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568678 Actually a very quiet day, I was home by myself nnd was able to do what I wanted to when I wanted to, low stress and easy to follow plan? <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday, yes. But, for all you emotional eaters our there, you will realize I had a sterling opportunity to eat what I wanted, no need to sneak food, a day long binge! <BR> <BR> But I didn't. Public accountability, and desire to avoid stomach upset. <BR> <BR> So it goes. <BR> <BR> Today is a bit harder. DH is home, and his presence ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:09:17 EST yesterday was the third day of my streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568039 A difficult day where I managed to stay on plan. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the kind of day where I might be likely to feel so sorry for myself, I "deserved" to overeat. Now what kind of thinking is that? <BR> <BR> It was very busy--a class, a guitar lesson, and a shift in my volunteer work. But the "icing on the cake" (oh, that is a good metaphor) is that I had two posts inserted in two of the three implants in my mouth and then teeth placed on them. Now, I should and can really feel bless... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:34:24 EST this is the second day of my streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566780 No caps or exclamation points. I am trying something different, public accountability, to get back to regular healthy eating. <BR> <BR> Activity is great. I wear a fitbit and ensure I reach my goals and more. I have learned to enjoy movement, especially walking. <BR> <BR> Retirement is pretty good! I am doing meaningful volunteer work at a hospital, and took assignments that include moving around and working with people. I have begun a serious study of classical guitar using the Royal ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:56:59 EST Retired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473642 Well, I made it out the door under my own steam! <BR> <BR> My last official day of work was Friday, August 30. I still have a bit of vacation to work off, but the computer, the smartphone, and they keys and key cards have been handed in. <BR> <BR> I am taking a few deep breaths, and transitioning some of my things (briefcase, lunch bag), and catching up on some sleep. <BR> <BR> I have resisted the urge to impulsively fill my life with things to do (oh no, what am I going to do with the... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 15:20:12 EST This and That.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469941 Hello Sparkfriends..... <BR> <BR> As some of you probably know, I have been lurking around.....now, just 1 day away from retirement, I do believe I will have the opportunity to become more active. <BR> <BR> Two things I wanted to write about today...call them sub-blogs. <BR> <BR> Sub blog #1--GI disorders and weight. <BR> <BR> So, I may have said at some point that I was diagnosed a while ago, in 2007, with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This condition has some unpleasant symptoms but n... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:06:02 EST Checking In..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257517 Hi all, and I want to thank so much all who have asked after me. <BR> <BR> I think I am slowly returning from hiatus, but with a somewhat more balanced view about using this site.....and I do miss you. <BR> <BR> I have "lurked" for a while, and responded to a couple of blogs today. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I am making full and successful use of the mobile apps for sparkpeople (to enter food) and fitbit (to log activity). With my One and IPhone 5, I am getting almost instantaneous linking of ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:51:58 EST Hiatus..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225782 Hello Sparkfriends, wanted to let youy know that I am taking a break from the SP community for a while. <BR> <BR> I will keep my account active, and will likely continue to log food on SP, as it is the best choicie I have found so far to link up with fitbit for real time monitoring. Unless I find something better. <BR> <BR> Absolutely no probem with sparkfriends, but using the site is getting kind of old, and the sparkcoach presentations are getting repetitive, and I am spending a bit too ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:33:32 EST Sparked and Fitbitted..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195023 Sometimes one has a bit of a chance to do some good. <BR> <BR> So someone at work left their pedometer in the washroom. An email was sent out by the finder, the pedometer was recovered...etc. <BR> <BR> I saw the pedometer, it was a big, clunky, old thing. <BR> <BR> So I paid the person a visit and did my fitbit/sparkpeople elevator speech. I demonstrated the fibit after carefully (and modestly) unclipping it from my bra, gave information on where to buy it in Canada, and made sure the pe... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:57:47 EST Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190021 I am writing this at lunchtime, after having just finished my final draft of the certification submission I have been writing for work. <BR> <BR> So what's the big deal? <BR> <BR> It is my 58th version. <BR> It is 40 pages long, with 148 separate attachments. <BR> <BR> I am big-time attached to it. <BR> <BR> Don't know if there are any technical writers out there, but boy do I find the work stressful. You have to be so careful and pay attention to detail, and remember what you said befor... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:38:36 EST Back in the Saddle Again..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186981 Anyone remember that song? Gene Autrey? Roy Rogers? <BR> <BR> Although traffic and such will not get back to its usual congested mess until next Monday, I am back at it at work! <BR> <BR> The big news is that I sent off my retirement letter today. With not a single regret. You may not know, but there is no longer an "official" retirement age in Canada. You can work till you drop, if you wish. Me. I'm working until I'm 65. <BR> <BR> I am the lead hand at my agency for developing and s... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:56:07 EST A Mellow New Year's....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183602 So, DH and I spent a very typical new year's for us, dinner out and a movie. <BR> <BR> Dinner for me was one slice of cheese pizza and half a large greek salad, well within my allotted calories for the day. I am feeling very comfortable with my fitbit/Sparkpeople set up for monitoring myself each day, the number of calories I can eat changes with the amount of activity I have done, and, by the way, it is always below my Sparkpeople limits. Which I have always thought were too high. And I... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:59:33 EST 2013.....oh boy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180201 I decided I have to write this blog now. I am back to work on Monday and will be busy, busy, busy... <BR> <BR> So, I will talk about 2012 and look forward to 2013.... <BR> <BR> 2012 was a challenge, weight wise. No excuses here, but with foot surgery in the summer and then a month long cold in November, my willpower and sound mental health and good planning went out the window, and I went up to 129 pounds before I yelled to self stop! Now, that is still in my healthy BMI, and really, the... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:25:29 EST A book you might want to read....."Willpower" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149798 By Roy F. Baumeister (psychologist) and John Tierney (writer). The idea of collaborating with a writer is a good one, the book gets across some complex ideas in a clear, easy to read manner. The ideas are research based. <BR> <BR> This blog is my work only and does not constitute endorsement of the authors, or publishers, etc., etc., etc. I have received no monetary compensation to write it. <BR> <BR> I am going to focus on dieting, in a chapter the authors call "The Perfect Storm of Die... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:36:20 EST New Guitar Blog w/pics...finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092989 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I think I have gotten my picture situation straightened out, so here goes the blog. <BR> <BR> The guitar I am writing about is my present-to-self for 2 years of maintenance. All opinions are my own! <BR> <BR> For the guitar techies out there, the model name is NCX1200R. Its' specs are standard classic w/cutaway, that is, 2 inch wide neck, connects at the 12th fret, standard depth--and it has on-board electronics. Yamaha calls it a nylon electric. Yamaha has some k... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 17:20:42 EST Friday afternoon and a recipe for disaster? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087922 The worlds want to collide this afternoon. <BR> <BR> It's Friday afternoon and I am at work. I am really, really tired. <BR> <BR> I have had two nights this week of less than 5 hours sleep each. One was work-related, and one was attending a social event. I used to be able to manage this kind of deficit, but not any more. <BR> <BR> So, I am emotionally hungry. And there are muffins for free in the kitchen. And I have eaten a bit more than usual so far in the form of an extra fruit. <... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 13:07:07 EST Today's status upate... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069327 fell rather flat, I see. Maybe folks did not understand it, or didn't get the lack of capitalization, or something. <BR> <BR> Some explanation.,.... <BR> <BR> The lack of CAPS indicates that I am gobsmacked by my own behavior. I'm looking behind me to see if I am lurking behind me. Who is this woman? <BR> <BR> Now, and I do hope fellow musicians (and especially guitar players) get this, there are those of us from the 60's who thought amplification was an abomination. When Bob Dylan wen... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:33:10 EST Some thoughts on two years of maintenance..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066952 First, I do want to apologize for not getting the guitar blog up yet, very busy, will try for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Today is my two year maintenance anniversary. I can hardly believe this. I have no great words of wisdom, but I can say a few things. <BR> <BR> First of all, I am eight pounds up from my goal weight. Still have a healthy BMI, still fit in all my clothes. Those eight pounds are a combination, I think, of muscle weight, some binging effects, and inactivity during the summer... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:12:17 EST Guitar Shopping..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045562 La, la, la la, la....... <BR> <BR> Happy happy joy joy! <BR> <BR> I usually do not get this giddy, but... <BR> <BR> I am approaching my 2nd anniversary of maintenance. How am I doing? A few pounds up, but still well within normal BMI and clothes fit fine. Working on losing the few pounds, but not hysterical about it. <BR> <BR> So, for me this is big reward time! And I am shopping for a nylon crossover. All opinions about guitars in the blog are mine, no endorsements or money or guita... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:53:54 EST Update on stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039047 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I was at the fracture clinic yesterday, last time for this go around. <BR> <BR> I am "putting down a lot of new bone" according to the surgeon. This is good, and especially good considering my age and worries about arthritis in older ladies. <BR> <BR> There is still a lot of soft tissue damage, and I will have discomfort for a while yet. For me, as long as I know the bone part is okay, I just motor through the rest. So, I am back in regular work shoes instead o... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:12:32 EST My Summer Vacation August 28, 2012--with pictures! (I hope!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036399 As my blog title states, my summer vacation this year was one day.....and DH and I put a lot into the day! <BR> <BR> We started at the Royal Ontario Museum: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329684206.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I called this beast stupidosaurus because of very large body and small head....if he didn't have ganglia along his spine to work his legs, he would never move! <BR> <BR> We saw lots of classical staruary... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:47:05 EST Do you like to listen to audiobooks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032243 Here is an almost bottomless source of free (public domain) books i have just come upon. <BR> <BR> I have been listening to them for years, first on cassette tapes and then cd's from the library; then downloaded from Lit2go from iTunes U; and now librevox. <BR> <BR> Librevox is a source of free audiobooks read by amateurs, I do find the quality kind of varied, but it is free. These are not going to be best sellers; they are public domain, out of copyright, and there are old familiar classi... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:54:25 EST Ten minutes left for my lunch hour.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018114 So I'll write a blog. <BR> <BR> I have come to pleasantly anticipate reading the regular blogs of some of my Sparkfriends, so I thought it is important that I reciprocate! <BR> <BR> Monday at the supermarket. <BR> <BR> I am in the checkout line. <BR> It is extra long for some reason. <BR> My first day back at work, I am tired and my foot hurts. <BR> <BR> A pleasant looking older lady got in line behind me. She was carrying her groceries in a reusable shopping bag. At least I had paid th... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:59:33 EST So I'll Write a Blog..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012333 just before I return to work full time at the office. <BR> <BR> Things may be a bit blurry and crazy next week, so.... <BR> <BR> Firstly, I have some clarification on Bright Sided and Positive Psychology for Dummies. We are talking apples and oranges here....both very good for you, but different fruits! The Dummies book takes some basic positive psychology concepts and gives practical advice. Kind of boring, but not crazy. <BR> <BR> Ehrenreich, on the other hand, at leas as far as I hav... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:50:10 EST How to Drive Yourself Crazy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008235 or improve your analytic abilities big time! <BR> <BR> I am reading concurrently the books "Positive Psychology for Dummies" and Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Bright Sided" (recommended by Meddy). <BR> <BR> Not at the same time, or course.....I trade off. <BR> <BR> The Dummy book tells you how to apply Positive psychology to your life..... <BR> <BR> Bright Sided says that positive thinking has in essence ruined America. <BR> <BR> As is the usual, I think the truth (at least for me) is somew... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:37:17 EST Heading Back..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007028 To work. <BR> <BR> Not that I haven't been working from home, but I am heading back to my office, with computer and large monitor and two boxes of documents in tow, and will be setting up in my home office and sometimes traveling to our other offices as well, business as usual. I will be able to arrive a bit late or leave early sometimes, my position has that kind of flexibility. <BR> <BR> So, what are the results? A normally structured foot, still swollen and painful at times, but to be ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 16:56:11 EST I Forgot about the TEMPTATION..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003416 of grocery shopping! Boy oh boy! <BR> <BR> So today was my first solo grocery trip in 8 weeks. Getting ready for total return to responsibilities when I go back to my office after this week..... <BR> <BR> So I walk into my local No Frills....and food! food! food! Junk! Junk! Junk! Chips, and chocolate, and cookies, and cakes, bless our prosperity in North America, but really! <BR> <BR> I think that I had inured myself against these distractions pre-surgery through regular exposure... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:20:57 EST This and That... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002219 Today is the first day since my surgery when I really believe I am going to heal up and get my capacity back...all of it. <BR> <BR> Did a full housecleaning today, including using the vacuum instead of a carpet sweeper, and then walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill. And my foot hurts a bit, which is as usual, but we are not talking about extreme pain here! <BR> <BR> So, next week is my last week of working from home, then I am moving back to my office. Feels like the right time. <BR> ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:15:04 EST I'm at the mall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994747 How did I get here, you may ask? <BR> <BR> I drove here! <BR> <BR> I am sitting in the food court, having just finished lunch (brought from home, of course) in between follow up appointment for my hand surgery (all is good) and my first physiotherapy appointment. <BR> <BR> What a sense of freedom! <BR> <BR> I am now going to go and window shop a bit and wait out a thunderstorm that is banging away out there. <BR> <BR> Feeling good! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>276</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:49:08 EST What A Difference.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988354 A visit to the fracture clinic makes! <BR> <BR> Pins--in my possession but not in my foot <BR> Bandage--gone <BR> Boot--in my possession but not on my foot <BR> <BR> Physiotherapy--required, covered by my work <BR> Driving--as the foot can tolerate it <BR> Treadmill--as the foot can tolerate it <BR> Footwear--supportive lace up shoes for the next month, think running shoes <BR> Shower--foot can get wet but no soaking for 3-4 days. <BR> <BR> How cool is that? I am already going upstairs li... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:09:13 EST Book Review--"Breaking Free from Emotional Eating", by Geneen Roth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983558 This is the third book I set myself to read during my healing from foot surgery. The opinions are solely my own. <BR> <BR> Ms. Roth has been there. She is, or has been, an emotional eater and is very emphatic with we who suffer as well. I could not find academic credentials for her, she teaches and runs workshops. I did not visit hr website. What does she say? <BR> <BR> Ms. Roth's advice is of the "give yourself a break" category. Forget scales, or "calorie counting" (her words) and e... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:37:39 EST How am I doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978356 Okay! <BR> <BR> This is a difficult journey, Sparkfriends, and I roll along with it as best I can. <BR> <BR> I have one more week until my second visit to that lovely place I have already blogged about, the Fracture Clinic. I do believe the pins will come out of my foot, and the bandage will be diminished or even done away with all together. But, I am not so sure that I will be allowed to drive or walk on the treadmill. I am working on accepting this, so as to avoid some possible serious... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:00:56 EST Some Thoughts on Turning 64........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971503 Sixty-four. I can't believe I made it this far! But here I am.....and some thoughts, in no particular order... <BR> <BR> First, and I hope you will forgive this feisty old lady, a bit of "when I was your age". <BR> <BR> I was born in the first half of the last century, a time of optimism that led families to create the baby boom generation. This has been fortunate for me, my generation carries the strength you can have in numbers, I had a secure and meaningful career and will end up with... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:06:02 EST A Month Later..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962945 Well almost. Surgery was on June 11. <BR> <BR> I thought I would provide an update. I have also come across a few blogs lately from those considering these kinds of procedures, or who have to have them, so this may help. <BR> <BR> In no particular order.... <BR> <BR> Complications. I am apparently allergic to ibuprofen, and developed a lovely (but not itchy) rash. So I had to stop it, and in order to manage on Tylenol arthritis alone and not kill my liver, I am dealing with more pain a... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:32:06 EST Book Review--Shrink Yourself by Roger Gould, M.D. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955950 This is the second of my four "serious reads" whilst recovering from my foot surgery. I found out about this one right here on Sparkpeople. The opinions expressed are solely my own. <BR> <BR> Dr. Gould is a psychoanalyst. This form of therapy and the theory behind it are not my favorites--the cognitive-behavioral stuff just makes a lot more sense. And I was not entirely pleased by the double meaning title. Shrink as in both lose weight and get analyzed. Cute. <BR> <BR> But, to be fair... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 07:18:54 EST The Fracture Clinic.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947612 is a rather nice place. Soft lighting, nice and cool, comfortable seating, and LOTS of room in between the rows of seats. This is so nice for those of us with casts and crutches and canes and walking boots as we feel that we will not be tromped on or bumped into. And boy, everyone in that room, including mobile persons escorting the less mobile, get their feet out of the way when you walk by. <BR> <BR> So I was in the fracture clinic yesterday. I was sent down the hall for an x-ray of m... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:48:59 EST Arm Cycling, or Cranking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944230 I think I like cranking better.... <BR> <BR> So, my arm (and leg) cycle arrived yesterday, Amazon Canada is so reliable and it came a few days before expected. <BR> <BR> It came in the early evening. I had been feeling very tired, after a full day of working from home, including a three hour teleconference where a survey was analyzed and my expertise was heavily depended on.' <BR> <BR> But...doorbell, walk to door....package on porch (UPS delivers for Amazon Canada and only rings the bell... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:51:13 EST Book Review--Learned Optimism (How to Change Your Mind and Your Life) by Martin E.P.Seligman, Ph.D. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941828 This is the first of four books I decided to read during my recovery from foot surgery. <BR> <BR> The opinions are entirely my own! <BR> <BR> This is one of the earlier works by Dr. Seligman, originally published in 1990. One of his later works (Authentic Happiness) is referenced in The Spark endnotes. <BR> <BR> Dr. Seligman is one of the founders of Positive Psychology. As such, if you are a helping professional (like me) and were trained in the medical model of disease (like me) and ar... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:55:50 EST Day 13 Surgery Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940213 Good afternoon SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> It is a cloudy day here north of Toronto and I have just finished a bunch of chores and thought I would check in. <BR> <BR> Today seems to be marking some sea-change (what does that mean, anyway?) in my foot, I was on it a lot for several hours and although it swelled, it did not hurt. <BR> <BR> What hurst sometime is my derriere. Too much sitting! <BR> <BR> All being funny aside, I did my cleaning today, including the stairs (carefully!) and gettin... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 14:03:26 EST Day 9 Surgery Recovery...or when the new becomes the normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934841 Hello Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> I do believe I have entered a new phase in my recovery, where I am more accepting of my recovery and getting more used to my new conditions. <BR> <BR> Let's see, what's new. <BR> <BR> I have finished the prescription anti inflammatories and have experienced an increase in pain/discomfort,which I am managing with over the counter meds. No more wonkiness! <BR> <BR> I am working pretty much a whole day for work (on my lunch break!). Imagine me in my study, wit... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:49:32 EST Day 6 Surgery Recovery, or how to clean your house when your mobility is not so good..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930583 Hello my Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Another day of feeling better, less sleepy and tired, less pain and swelling in my foot. Played the guitar (Chris, I have to limit the playing because of my locking trigger finger, to be repaired on July 16, this is truly the Summer of Surgery for me), rested, read, cooked dinner, tuned up my computer, Sunday stuff. <BR> <BR> And, did I mention, Sunday is housecleaning day. So here are Bonita's Hints on how to clean your house when your foot was operated ... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 21:01:53 EST Day 5 Surgery Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929417 I have managed to upload a picture of my foot! (Not very good with this kind of technology, I am somewhat sad to say....). <BR> <BR> My recovery continues. Today, I got kind of bored, which is not good for me as it lowers my mood. But this evening, I did some housework and now I am on line, blogging away! <BR> <BR> I am using the cane very little now, and am actually going up and down the stairs without it. Most of the time I forget where I put it. The basic issue with my foot is it sw... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 21:17:49 EST Day 4 Surgery Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928212 Good evening Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Just a brief check in, dinner almost ready. <BR> <BR> My main challenge is being physically tired. Boy, am I tired. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, the foot is feeling pretty good. In the house, except for doing the stairs, I am not using the cane. The pain is minor or non-existent. <BR> <BR> DH removed the bandage around my toe and wrapped it up again, I think it has finally stopped bleeding. I am having a hard time tolerating the pin sticking up in ... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:25:52 EST Day 3 Post Surgery Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926775 Hello all. <BR> <BR> With a lone exception, a day of improvement. <BR> <BR> I had a period in the afternoon for about two hours where I felt unwell, a little dizzy and nauseous. As before, I think this was a side effect do the anti inflammatory I am taking. It passed and all is well again. <BR> <BR> So I did some work for work, did cardio, played the guitar, oh, how I missed it, even for a couple of days, cooked dinner, read a chapter of Learned Optimism (and discovered that a measured a... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:26:54 EST Day 3 Post Surgery Part 1, and thanks to Indygirl and Coach Nicole! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925962 Good morning my Sparkfriends, it is about 9 AM EDT. <BR> <BR> I do not want to wait until this evening to give a humongous thank you to SP and Coach Nicole. <BR> <BR> I decided to get back into my usual workout routine-that is, in the morning- and did the chair cardio this morning. <BR> <BR> Well, that is, I did my best. I did not use my right leg, and my coordination left something to be desired! But hey, I taught myself to walk on the treadmill with arms swinging, so I am going to mast... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:08:16 EST Day 2 Post Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925421 Good evening all! <BR> <BR> Well, I gave myself some mini goals to accomplish today and, as a result, I am pretty tired. Waiting for another hour until I can take my pain meds and go to sleep. <BR> <BR> So, what did I do? I took a shower, which is a big deal with the bath chair and protecting the bandages from getting wet! I took part in a work meeting by phone conference. I did coach Nicole's upper body weight training chair exercise. I cooked our entire dinner. I read another chapte... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:26:20 EST Day 1 Post Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923766 I am doing fine! <BR> <BR> I have got the pain under control, a mixture of regular Tylenol and Tylenol 3 and anti inflammatory. I had a bit of a scare this morning, feeling faint and nauseous when I got up, so went back to bed for a while. I read the information sheet that came with the anti inflammatory and it can cause these symptoms. No more reoccurrences today, so that part is well. <BR> <BR> I am managing just fine with the cane, including on the stairs. For traveling small distan... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:12:47 EST Surgery Day, Part Two! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922250 Well, my Sparkfriends, I am sitting here. Bored. Which is a good sign! <BR> <BR> It's 8 PM EDT. Earlier in the day, I could not stay awake, combination of the anesthetic and those delightful Tylenol 3's (they gave me two right after the surgery, whoopee!). So I slept, and now am feeling a bit more awake and a bit bored. <BR> <BR> A funny from the surgery, my surgeon was wearing rubber boots. Oh my. <BR> <BR> So, I am on the other side now, the side of recovery. I do believe that the ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:27:04 EST Surgery Day Part One! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921109 It has arrived! <BR> <BR> Posting this at 7 AM EDT, and thank you all my Sparkfriends for your support and kind words. <BR> <BR> I got up at my usual early hour this morning and as I could not work out, or eat, or drink anything, I went to work and finished up my last few activities. <BR> <BR> The porch is swept and the outdoor chairs cleaned; I have set up the computer equipment and it fits, more or less, and now after blogging I will get my guitar playing in for the day. <BR> <BR> Have ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:05:17 EST Day 1 Pre Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920460 The countdown is almost done! <BR> <BR> Being a numbers kind of person, I was thinking about my sparkpeople numbers today, and thought I would post them as a legacy of my pre-surgery journey. Watch out for post-surgery--it will knock your socks off! <BR> <BR> so, I've been a SP member since August 11 2011. <BR> <BR> As of today, right now, I have 19,460 sparkpoints (0n level 12) and 26,157 fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 118 this morning, a weight that I seem to have landed on... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:58:39 EST