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Wed, 2 Sep 2015 16:05:56 EST Surprised Myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987983 By getting the 2,500 fitness minute trophy today. Last day of the month, too--talk about cutting it close. I do all my fitness tracking automatically through Fitbit and users may recall a controversy a few months ago where Fitbit said it would not count active minutes unless they were at least 10 minutes in continuous duration. A lot of us wanted every minute that qualified as active counted, but no go. Since that change, I have only been managing to get 2,000 fitness minutes on SP. Mayb... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:08:20 EST Changes Coming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987540 Well, I am in for some changes in a couple of weeks and I think they are for the good. <BR> <BR> 147.5 this AM, earned 8 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> Now that my health issues seem to be resolved, at least for now, I am moving along and planning for the fall. This coming week DH and I will be doing some family business and some fun things as well. So far, we have bought tickets for the musical play Carousel at the Stratford Festival here in Ontario. We got 2 for 1 pricing, i... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:21:43 EST The Stupid Lump in Front of my Neck is Still There..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987034 So if it's not my thyroid, why does my cartilage all of a sudden have a bump? And why, when I was brushing my teeth this morning, did I spit out something that looked suspiciously like a piece of white filling? Oh, the annoyances of growing older! <BR> <BR> 148.3 this AM, earned 6 WW points yesterday. Eating was essentially on track, so a bit of an unexplained weight gain. I have learned to ignore these. <BR> <BR> Walked our round trip of about 6 miles to and from synagogue today. Ha! ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:55:31 EST Cartilage. Just Cartilage...They think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986440 Hello all. 147.3 this AM, earned 8 WW activity points yesterday and ate some of them. Not surprised by the gain, I deliberately ate more. To deal with stress. <BR> <BR> So, I went off to the ultrasound this AM and that went fine, not issues, very unintrusive. My doctor called a few hours later and said they scan shows (almost for sure) just cartilage. I'm to go back for another ultrasound in 3-6 months. <BR> <BR> Of course I feel better, but I wonder about bodily changes and why all of... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:06:03 EST 6 on a Scale of 1 to 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986005 I'll ge to the above soon. Weighed 146.8 this AM, earned 5 WW activity points yesterday, and ate on track yesterday. <BR> <BR> I got to my doctor's office with plenty of time to spare. The patients there today seemed pretty ill, and she ended up running a bit behind, she is thorough and compassionate and listens to her patients. No problem here. <BR> <BR> So, as a bit of an aside, my blood pressure was fabulous today--120/75. I usually have a white coat reaction, so I was really pleased... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:43:05 EST Maintaining an Even Keel... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985290 Thanks all for your support after my previous blog. <BR> <BR> So, things settled down on Monday evening and are at least on an even keel. I can live with that for now, not looking for happiness or even contentment right now... <BR> <BR> Weighed 146.4 Tuesday AM, earned 5 WW activity points on Monday. DH paid the parking ticket on Monday. Tuesday was a pretty regular day, I did my volunteer shift in the ER where it was busy but not overcrowded and no one coded while I was there. <BR> <... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:46:10 EST Oof! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984019 that is a symbol for things not going so well. <BR> <BR> Let me explain. <BR> <BR> Sunday 147.4, earned 8 WW activity points on Saturday. Ate within WW points on Saturday, with a few activity points thrown in, but some of the food was junk. <BR> <BR> Did my usual Sunday routine, cleaning, and working out and shopping. DH was particularly vicious in his communications as he didn't want me to interfere with his work on the car. It seems it is my fault because I made him nervous when he wa... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:28:20 EST Quick Check In.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982901 Because it is late and I am tired. <BR> <BR> 147.2 this AM, earned 6 WW points yesterday. <BR> <BR> The Saga of the Brakes continues. I kid you not. Now we have a broken bleeder screw as DH turned the wrench the wrong way and sheared it off. New part is on order, it has to be replaced and that line bled. Sigh.... <BR> <BR> Lovely weather here today, with a cool northerly wind and sunshine. Even our 6 mile walk today was not sweat filled for me. Relaxed this afternoon, then the usual ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:10:31 EST Busy Past Couple of Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982184 Things are okay. I weighed in at 148.2 on Thursday and 147.9 today. Up and down. I earned 6 ww activity points on Wednesday and 9 yesterday. Ate on track both days. <BR> <BR> After working out and cleaning and other assorted matters on Thursday, I went off to the mall to buy some much needed undergarments and to walk around. Then I got contacted by the hospital where I volunteer to see if I could come in early, as the volunteer before me was unavailable. I did so, and it was a busy ICU shif... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:53:04 EST Quiet Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981013 Hello all. <BR> <BR> 147.9 this AM, earned 7 WW activity points yesterday. Kind of ate on track. That means I ate some activity points, and I substituted some junk for healthier food. <BR> <BR> I did get a better sleep last night and was more with it this AM. Just as I was beginning to feel things were settling down a bit--second car functional, eye surgeon appointment accomplished, don't you know I felt a lump in the front of my neck this morning. I don't think it was there before. ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:47:20 EST Quiet? Who said Quiet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980328 After I wrote my nice little blog yesterday, things got interesting. DH actually got his act together enough to get the car on jack stands and the two front tires off. We proceeded to bleed the brakes. That is, we proceeded to bleed the brakes once I realized I was supposed to be pressing on the brake, not the gas pedal. Okay, I'm no mechanic. I am willing to admit my errors and this one was actually hilarious. Once we got the rhythm going, (Down, up, down, up, down and holding. Up). ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:50:41 EST A quiet Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979710 I'm writing this in the later part of the afternoon. <BR> <BR> 149.1 this AM, an unexpected weight gain as I ate on track. I am being very mindful about this, so I do't go into the might as well overeat mindset. Earned 6 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> It is very hot here north of Toronto. Again, very thankful for the A/C. <BR> <BR> I did my usual treadmill and weight workout this AM, plus a 20 minute treadmill stroll a few hours later to make sure I get my 5 miles in. I do thi... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:07:01 EST It's a Sunday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979178 Hot and humid today, again thank goodness for the A/C. <BR> <BR> 148 this morning, earned 9 WWacivity points yesterday and ate on track. <BR> <BR> DH and I really enjoy old movies and we watched Bette Davis in Payment on Demand yesterday. Real stories with real dialogue, and no special effects. Great stuff. <BR> <BR> Today was cleaning treadmill grocery shopping doing job apps for DH. DH realized he needed another tool to bleed the brakes so he bought it today, I think tomorrow we will ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 21:38:44 EST Blog,blog,blog,blog,blog,blog,blog..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978579 Blog! Well now. <BR> <BR> A recap of the last two days. <BR> <BR> Thursday before my shift I did my winter body butter and body lotion stock up at the Body Shop. Good stuff, and the body butter is the only thing that works for me in the winter. Then my ICU shift, where it was busy and some of the patients were allowed multiple visitors, which means in plain language they were dying. Sad stuff. <BR> <BR> I came home in a a bit of a weird mood and started an argument with DH, who had ac... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:38:24 EST Posting early in the day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977191 Hello all. Posting before I go off for some shopping and a volunteer shift, probably won't have time to do so later. <BR> <BR> Ate kind of on track yesterday. By that I mean that I was within WW points but some of it was junk. 149.8 this Am, and earned 6 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> I've been in correspondence with SP tech about fitness points. There is an option where you can put activity points n 250 minute increments on your feed. Problem is, I use the fitbit for all acti... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:45:26 EST Could be better..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976777 Not doing so well, great difficulty managing my food intake, lots of internal upset. Workouts okay, but boy oh boy, the food. Yet I will continue to strive. <BR> <BR> Earned 7 www activity points yesterday and did not eat on track. 150.5 this am. Today I am wavering but I think I can still pull a decent eating day off. <BR> <BR> Let's see. Yesterday's ER volunteer shift was way more active than usual. There were three resuscitations, and at the same time about four codes for violent pers... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:06:37 EST Supplement, how do I exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976232 A member was kind enough to ask how I exercise. <BR> <BR> I post my daily mileage on my activity feed. I do 5+ miles a day. <BR> <BR> On Monday to Friday, I am on the treadmill in the morning for 55 minutes, 3.6 mph with 3.1 warm up and cool down, with hill intervals. I am fortunate to have a treadmill in my basement. On Sunday, I treadmill mid morning after a bout of housecleaning, same duration but 3.5 with no incline. On Saturday I walk to synagogue which is a 6 mile round trip, but ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:36:32 EST Off to do good works..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975836 That is, my volunteer shift. <BR> <BR> Weighed 149.7 this AM, earned 6 WW activity points yesterday, ate on track. <BR> <BR> Tried out my new guitar support yesterday, I do like its minimalism, but am not so sure about its suction cup ability. The forces on it tend to make two of the suction cups loosen. It came with a clear film I can put on the guitar and then place the support on the film, I will consider that. Am I boring you yet? I am boring me. Are there any classical guitarist... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:17:46 EST Skipped a Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975420 Hello all, you may be beginning to realize that when I skip things are not going so well, you are right. I also seem to have a problem on the weekend. But, I have gotten beyond the point of being (too) hard on myself, and I have learned to carry on. <BR> <BR> Let's see. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, I weighed in at 148.1 This was a gain despite the fact that I ate on plan Saturday and walked my legs off. Unexplained weight gain is obviously a trigger for me. I earned 6 WW points on Sunday and d... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:57:40 EST Yes, I can hear just fine now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974428 I have clean ears and hearing that is better than I have had in a while, I think. I did not call my hairdresser, apparently I had quite the wax buildup so I'm just leaving it. Sometimes I have to leave the bad feelings behind. <BR> <BR> I weighed this AM but did not document. 147.4 or .5 I think. Earned 6 WW points yesterday and ate on track. <BR> <BR> Not much to report. Went to synagogue this morning which involves lots of walking, I'm at 19,000+ steps so far, rested this PM, then ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 23:21:14 EST Life has its ups and downs..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973665 And clogged ears. <BR> <BR> So, I believe I blogged I was going for a haircut yesterday. Nice haircut. But, the shampooer who washed my hair pre cut got water in both my ears and down my back. And one ear has not cleared yet, I can't hear out of it, so off to the doctor shortly to have it cleaned out. Thank goodness for socialized medicine. I will be calling the owner (who is my stylist) this PM and let her know what happened. I certainly don;t want the same shampooer again. <BR> <BR... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 11:31:43 EST Short blog before I start my day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973057 What am I saying? I have already done some cleaning, did the treadmill, ate breakfast, prepared lunch...but now will move on to haircut and ICU shift. <BR> <BR> Update on brakes. DH actually changed the pads on one side. But, at the same time, he accidentally? loosened the brake fluid screw and lost some. So, now, bubbles in the line and squishy brakes. He now has to go through a process called bleeding the brakes. Which needs another person (me) to press the brakes at strategic moment... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 09:57:29 EST A mid-day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972661 As I take a break from job applications for DH. <BR> <BR> Ate on track yesterday, 147.6 this AM, earned 8 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> After I blogged yesterday, I ordered a new guitar support, the Tenuto. <BR> <BR> For those who do not play classical guitar, if you watch a video, you will see that the instrument is kind of held in between your legs and is elevated to a proper position. For decades, the only way you could do this was using a footstool. Then I think somebody... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 14:54:23 EST Oh, what they do when you retire..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972128 Not to you. To your work legacy. <BR> <BR> I spoke at some length yesterday to a friend from work. We had not connected for a while so lots to catch up on. I learned that my legacy, which was establishing and championing quality assurance, plus getting two levels of certification in a national organization, was being ripped to shreds. The portfolio was being given to a little darling who specializes in communications. Whatever that means. I never quite knew just what it was she did, an... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:13:32 EST Where was I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971372 No really, where was I? I appear to have missed blogging for three days. Kind of a lost weekend....Let us recap. <BR> <BR> Friday, 147.1 pounds, earned 5WW activity points. I certainly did my workout, my cleaning, and so on. Ate on plan. <BR> <BR> Ah now, I am remembering. I weighed in at 149.3 on Saturday. That was after hang on plan on Friday. Now, anyone who gives me the it-takes-3,500-extra-calories-to-gain-apou<BR>nd story is going to get what for. As well, DH was particularly ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:23:48 EST Oh What a Night.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969379 No, I am not going to quote you the Beach Boys song. Although it is now an ear worm going around in my head..... <BR> <BR> 147.2 this AM. Told you it was an anomaly. Earned 5 WW activity points yesterday. Ate on plan. <BR> <BR> I do believe I told you about a sore neck yesterday. Well, it got to a point that despite medication, it hurt so much I really did not sleep. Fitbit gave me a bit more than 4 hours, but really...each time I shifted I woke up. <BR> <BR> Finally raised my you ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:26:01 EST My stove exploded! And other matters.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968858 Well, not really exploded. The oven element burned out and there was a loud buzz, plenty of smoke, and of course the circuit breaker flipped. Lucky this is a newer house and it is on its own line so nothing else damaged. Actually, once we flipped the breaker, most of the stove still works, burners and all, but I can't set the clock and I fear the control panel may be frizzed out. Anyway, I can still cook limitedly, and it is under a maintenance agreement and the repairman will be out on T... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:12:24 EST Sad day in the ER.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968145 A patient died. This was very unusual for the hospital where I volunteer, it is not a trauma centre. But it happens, the person went into arrest and could not be resuscitated. When there is such an emergency, visitors are barred from the ER for the duration. And, boy, do people get angry! Entitled!!! A family's loved one is dying and they get annoyed because they have to wait for half an hour. <BR> <BR> The saddest image for me was the floor near the cubicle. It was littered by the de... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:36:36 EST Still a bit yuck..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967587 147.5 this am, earned 6 www points yesterday. <BR> <BR> I had a strong stomach ache overnight and today has been some pain and some diarrhoea. I took an Imodium this afternoon and feel better. <BR> <BR> I stumbled and shuffled through my workout but actually finished it. I also did a 20 minute stroll later in the day to get my 5 miles in. <BR> <BR> And did 15 job applications for DH. <BR> <BR> After dinner time to rest. <BR> <BR> Brakes not done but there has been a great moving abo... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:25:48 EST Feeling better...normal routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966936 147.2 this AM, earned a whopping 0 WW activity minutes yesterday lol, ate below track yesterday. <BR> <BR> Well, this is more like it. Thanks all for your good wishes. Friday was actually frightening. My digestive system has a number of things wrong with it, and about once a year causes me so much pain that I imagine it is what a heart attack feels like. Although it's not. It absolutely rejects what I have just eaten, manufactures a huge amount of mucus, and then it all comes up with th... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:54:27 EST Sick yesterday and today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966662 Well. Was 147 this am with 5 we activity points earned yesterday. After I blogged, my stomach, which is usually giving me some problems ramped it up and I ended up sick and vomiting. Took it easy today, and am feeling better. I think the 147 is a blip because of the illness. I'll blog in more detail tomorrow. Take care everyone. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:56:07 EST Meh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966094 Or Feh? Ate on track yesterday, earned 8 WW activity points, 147.7 this AM. <BR> <BR> No eating on track today. Not quite a binge. This is after 4 days of doing well, although I must admit yesterday when I was out and about there were many temptations that I managed to avoid--just. <BR> <BR> The best thing is to get back on track for the rest of the day, enough said. <BR> <BR> Take care everyone. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:35:06 EST A busy day, and a forgotten iPad.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965604 More about the iPad later... <BR> <BR> Ate on plan yesterday, earned 5 WW activity points, 147.8 this AM. <BR> <BR> Yes, busy day! <BR> <BR> I started with some housecleaning, and then my treadmill workout. I had to slow down for about 1 1/2 intervals, lost all of .1 mile from the total workout. I was then on the computer, putting down some of the information in writing for my consulting work (before I forgot it lol) and doing one job application for DH that had challenged me yesterday. ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:36:01 EST I could write a book about my teeth.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965026 Later on the teeth. Ate on plan yesterday, 6 WW activity points earned, 147.6 this AM. <BR> <BR> My ER volunteer shift yesterday was very quiet, good for the nurses and doctors and especially the patients. There are a number of university student volunteers in the hospital this summer, the ones who want to be doctors and nurses and are looking for the volunteer experience. There is a nice young man who is also working in the ER, he has a good deal of initiative and arranges to shadow doct... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:37:04 EST Short Blog, early in the day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964271 Blogging before I get showered and ready to go to my volunteer shift at the ER. I likely won't have time when I come home this afternoon, I have to make copies of the raw data that was given to me in preparation for the meeting tomorrow. <BR> <BR> 148.8 this AM, ate on plan yesterday, earned 5 WW activity points yesterday. Today will be a much more active day. <BR> <BR> The weather today is better, less humidity and cooler temperatures. <BR> <BR> The treadmill was difficult today for m... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:45:18 EST Challenges and other matters.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963889 Life goes on. <BR> <BR> Yesterday ended up a bit messy as DH did not eat lunch until 5 PM which meant a 9 PM dinner which led to my overeating. Not binging, overeating. 148.8 this AM, with 6 WW activity points earned yesterday. <BR> <BR> Used my new backpack yesterday, it feels a bit uncomfortable under the arms but I am going to give it some time to break in. It is comfortable on my back and is a joy to look at. <BR> <BR> Now, the interesting thing about yesterday is that we had two ve... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:06:39 EST Hot to the tenth power! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963220 Okay, it is hot again. Today I do not have to function too much in it--just in and out of the car to the supermarket. When DH gets back with the car. That's right, he has not fixed the other one yet. <BR> <BR> 148.6 This AM. Ate on plan yesterday, earned 9 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> Am blogging a bit early in the day, so only reporting housecleaning and treadmill so far. I will spend some time today working on the consulting work I do and seeing if I can make sense of the ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:37:46 EST Hot! Hot! Hot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962907 You may be guessing we had one of those tropical days we get once in a while here in the Great White North, and you are correct. It happened on Saturday, the day I do a 6 mile round trip walk to synagogue. Quite difficult, I never would have done it otherwise. I do believe I have rehydrated myself and am now okay. <BR> <BR> Ate on plan yesterday, earned 6 WW activity points, 150 this AM. <BR> <BR> Spent a quite afternoon in (air conditioned) home recovering from the walk. I have done ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:42:41 EST Life is progressing as best as can be expected.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962377 For me, that is a wild cry of optimism. <BR> <BR> Did not track food yesterday, 150.3 this AM, earned 8 WW activity points yesterday. No regrets, needed to reboot, and today I am tracking. <BR> <BR> So, let's see. I met with my employer for consultation in a local coffee shop, a hub of independent business, really. He gave me some raw data that is a bit of a mess. I will do what I can to straighten it out, and then will meet with him to see if he is okay with it or if changes are necess... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:52:09 EST Yesterday went downhill, but just a bit..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961650 Overate yesterday, but not a binge. 148.9 this AM. Earned 6 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> Another evening of some conflictual relationship, leading to some overeating. But I got some things out that I had been keeping in, so that is good. <BR> <BR> Today is another day, and I have decided not to track food today. Need a break. I am still exercising as usual. I will be on my way to a meeting with the gentleman I do consulting work for, and then a volunteer shift at the hospit... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:52:05 EST Busy days...birthday day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961278 Ate on plan yesterday, earned 9 WW activity points yesterday, 147.6 this AM. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was incredibly hot and humid, like you could literally wring the moisture out of the air. Plus a pollution alert. We had some on and off showers, no really violent weather, and then, in the middle of the night, whoosh! We got our cold wind from the North (that is a song, by the way) and woke up to sparkle at 7 degrees C. Of course, windows and back door were opened, A/C turned off, and the ai... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:52:21 EST Short entry, early in the day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960566 Blogging now as I will be away from the house for much of the day, and thunderstorms are predicted later and I do not use my computer in thunderstorms. <BR> <BR> Ate on track yesterday, earned 6 WW activity points, a much calmer day. 148.4 this AM. <BR> <BR> Spent most of the day on job applications for DH. Now, this is a new experience. You used to prepare a cover letter and send it in to whoever was hiring with your CV. That still happens a bit, but most job sites send you to self-m... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:11:31 EST Bad day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960199 Yesterday started out not so good and went quite down the pipes by the end. <BR> <BR> Did not eat on plan, earned 6 WW activity points, 148.7 today. <BR> <BR> Before I start my saga, I do want to say that I have to remember that I started this journey at 212 pounds in 2009. I can hold the weight below 150 so I will say that I have permanently lost 62 pounds, which is far from nothing.. <BR> <BR> Okay. I did not feel well yesterday, tired and achy, functioning was difficult. I was especi... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:56:51 EST Just paid my phone bill...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959616 I have not much of an idea why this is important....I've got a robust iPhone with a robust plan and pay a bit for the privilege....it is my way to stay connected and to use all the fitness and food apps and trackers available now. And I grew up in the era of manual typewriters! <BR> <BR> Ate on plan yesterday, 146.2 this AM, earned 9 WW activity points yesterday. Watched a Cronenberg movie with DH called Cosmopolis. Odd. Very odd. I've never seen Robert Pattinson play a vampire but in t... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:27:27 EST A HOT WALK TODAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959256 Ate on plan yesterday, 146.5 this morning, earned 5 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> Despite my wishes for a slower day, still put more than 6 miles on the fitbit... <BR> <BR> Played guitar yesterday as well, still practicing Minuet in G and reviewing some of the lute music. There is a lot of research about playing music that says it gets your brain to work in novel ways and just fires up those old neurons! A connection between emotion and motor activity and cognition (for reading ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 21:01:37 EST It's Friday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958617 Ate on plan yesterday, 146.2 today, earned 9 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> I am going to take a "rest day" today, which means I don't want to walk much more than 5 miles. I did over eight yesterday, legs are sore, and big walk scheduled for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> This morning was treadmill and housecleaning, and I will cook this afternoon. Also, a real estate agent is coming over, invited by DH, don't know why as we are not ready to sell our house, having no idea where we are goi... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:51:45 EST Where was I? New glasses, ICU volunteer shift.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958302 Oh yes, yesterday morning. First, ate on plan yesterday, 146.6 this am, earned 5 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> So I went to the post office to return my defective super-duper scale, and was really pleasantly shocked that the whole process worked. Did not have to pay postage, and even got a tracking number. Then off to the dentist for tooth cleaning, then home again to do some more job applications for DH. <BR> <BR> Today started with a trip to Costco to pick up my new glasses. ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 21:40:16 EST I missed a day blogging, here's the catch up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957471 So where was I. <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday ate on plan, weight 147.5 Tuesday and 146.9 today. Earned 5 WW activity points on Monday and 8 on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> So, Monday, we went out to eat quite late. Got the restaurant for lunch at 4 PM. Found it was closed until 5 PM. Argument with DH ensued as to how he has a hard time keeping to any schedule. And he wants to work full time at a demanding job? Anyway, went for coffee for an hour, went back to the restaurant, found the menu had ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:47:46 EST It's Monday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956421 When you are retired, the days kind of flow together.....I do believe that is a reward for working for 30+ years in jobs that are not always wonderful and fulfilling, so yes it is Monday. <BR> <BR> Weight 149.2, ate on plan yesterday except for one exception, earned 6 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> So far today I have worked out, did an extra ten minute stroll on the treadmill, ate breakfast, and have been working on the computer searching out jobs for DH and so on. I did decide t... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:46:50 EST