ILOVEMALI's SparkPeople Blog ILOVEMALI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Done In Happy Monday, Friends -- <BR> <BR> We had a quiet weekend. Some errands and chores, reading, naps. I watched Four Weddings and a Funeral last night, remembering how much I love that movie. <BR> <BR> I woke up as exhausted this morning as I was all weekend. A friend of mine told me to NOT check my emails when I'm not working -- no choice there, as 1) my laptop is in with the Geek Squad, and 2) my emails wouldn't disgorge themselves from the ether into my smartphone all weekend. Even with t... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:10:08 EST The Best -- defined below My Spark friends! Thank you all for your sweet support. I appreciate you all. xoxox, Deb Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:21:57 EST TGIS -- for Dee and a Crazy Dog peace and a moment to relax --This is what I'm wishing for you today -- <BR> <BR> I'm being lazy in this moment, Sparking a little bit and listening to Hozier channel on Pandora -- perfect morning music for me. The week generally sucked at work, and I have NO MUST-DOs this weekend. I read some of my book last night, had (1) beer, listened to music, watched the Oregon Ducks beat Utah in an exciting game. <BR> <BR> My best bud from college has a book signing at J#2, so I'm going over the... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:09:37 EST Saturday Worked at J#2. Finished getting taxes together. <BR> <BR> And rewarded myself with a little walk with Bowie so I could hit my 10K steps. <BR> <BR> Is there a way to track a left-arm workout while walking an unruly dog? <BR> <BR> Happy Weekend, Everyone -- xoxo to you all. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:40:24 EST TGIF More taxes tomorrow. Lousy stinky week at work. <BR> <BR> Today is The Girl's 24th birthday. She is my heart's desire. I've "known" her since I was 19 and first envisioned and described her. <BR> <BR> The stuff in the first paragraph just doesn't matter. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend, Everyone. In the final analysis, the only thing that matters is that we loved and were loved. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:20:40 EST Update The good news is that I eat TONS of vegetables and fruits. We are still trying to follow the Eat to Live plan. <BR> <BR> The bad news is that I'm not losing weight. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I know why: no exercise, not as much walking as I'd like, beer most days, and Hershey bar most days (the let's-split-a chocolate-bar plan isn't working). <BR> <BR> Tomorrow starts another work week. We'll see how it goes!! <BR> <BR> xoxoxo <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:42:12 EST TGIF I'll make this short and sweet -- TGIF! Too many hours, too much coffee today. Gotta go back to work. <BR> <BR> Safe weather, healthy weekend -- <BR> <BR> xoxo, Deb Fri, 6 Feb 2015 18:06:29 EST San Francisco We took my mom to dinner on Wednesday night, and I ate something that didn't agree with me (a mini Cobb salad. What's wrong with that???) and I was out for the count most of yesterday (I had to go to court, and I had a phone conferene in the afternoon, and I went back to the office at 6 to do a quick project. Other than that, I was in bed, asleep). <BR> <BR> I am NOT going to let this ruin our weekend in The City! <BR> <BR> I'm not eating much. <BR> <BR> And, in spite of all of this, I'... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:39:59 EST In my head, I'm 30 Not 29, not 31, not 42. Not any number but 30. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my 60th birthday. <BR> <BR> My BFF and I celebrate birthday seasons. Mine started on Saturday, when we had lunch with the kids, The Bride, and The Boyfriend, along with my birthday buddy and some young friends of hers (and a 73-year-old friend of hers who is clearly young at heart. I didn't believe that she is 73). My birthday buddy just turned 66, and is retiring in a few months to join the Peace Corps. Yep. you ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:55:57 EST Vegging out So, my husband asked me to pick up the book Eat to Live after he watched Dr. Fuhrman on tv last week. He described the diet as helping with blood pressure, cholesterol, and preventing cancer (he has the first 2 issues, and I'm scared witless of the 3d), and that the diet is based on mostly vegetables (only 10% of one's diet should come from foods derived from animals), beans, and other good stuff. No "no-nos," so I'm ok with this. <BR> <BR> Then he read the book and told me that, per the... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:38:27 EST Say "NO" to Crack Now that I have your attention -- <BR> <BR> My favorite way to self-medicate is by drinking a Vietnamese instant coffee that is 1) VERY strong, 2) very sweet, and 3) has some powdered milk added so it doesn't upset my stomach. It's absolutely delicious, and keeps me focused at work for, oh, hours. My friends who introduced me to this refer to it as "crack," as a joke, of course. At 85 calories per packet, though, I limit myself because, face it, I haven't been doing such a great job wit... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:48:09 EST Happiest Holidays and Still Moving Forward <img src=""> <BR> This is a photo from a Christmas party that we went to on Saturday night. A highlight of my month. <BR> <BR> My month has been even busier and more stressful than usual, with general office insurrections, lots of Job #2 because it's the busy retail season, more court than usual, and clients more stressed than usual (my clients are injured workers. They hurt, they have no money because they are not able to work, and t... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:40:33 EST Goals for this week Something has to change. <BR> More water, less beer. <BR> <BR> time to get the minicycle. <BR> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:54:32 EST Not so good! Between fighting with Sparky, our internet being stupid and not allowing me to upload Sparky's data, stress, and my general malaise and lack of inspiration, I've put on a few pounds lately. <BR> <BR> Not a good thing!! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:59:22 EST Sparky and I are fighting Sparky and I have been fighting. He doesn't want to upload data and has been grumbling about that for a few weeks now. Changed the battery and it didn't make any difference (note to self -- don't buy batteries from Amazon -- they were old and I had to change it again -- losing the data because Sparky has been cranky). So, I did ALL the FAQ trouble-shooting last night, to no avail, and emailed SP. <BR> <BR> This morning, I turned on the computer, went to my Spark Page, and Sparky downloade... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:35:05 EST Sunday Morning 7:42 Good morning, sweet friends - <BR> <BR> I just finished my normal banana-and-coffee breakfast, as I listen to Sarah Jarosz, the most remarkable young musician/singer/songwriter. It doesn't matter what time of day I listen to her -- I am happy and relaxed. We have a great set of cds in the changer right now. <BR> <BR> We spent a few hours finishing moving everything out of the family room yesterday. The plan is to paint, rip out the carpet, and have installed the bamboo flooring that we t... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:06:26 EST NSV Gotta share. <BR> <BR> I was covering a cafe break at JT2 tonight, and was chatting with a customer about the seasonal sweets (none of which I eat, and all of which are tempting). The customer asked me how I stay so thin working around all the goodies. <BR> <BR> Wahoo! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:40:41 EST Bad Girl I haven't checked in for days because the internet has been sketchy at the house and I've been too busy at work. <BR> <BR> That being said, I think about my SPals every day, and hope that all of you are having a healthy week. <BR> <BR> We are going to Albuquerque on Thursday to see our best bud who moved there. Can't wait. Lots of work to get done before then. <BR> <BR> Heart daughter and her sweetheart walked in at 5:30 this morning after a 12-hour drive and slept for a couple of hour... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:00:50 EST Old Woman I feel every second of my stated age this morning! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> It dawned on my last night, as I was running around the store, putting stuff away, bending and stooping and reaching as I dusted Zone 1, that I've been missing a Fitness Tracking opportunity all of these years. I move "with urgency" at J#2 -- the managers love it, my co-workers shake their heads in bafflement -- and last night was no exception. <BR> <BR> Am I paying for it today!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:12:25 EST The Week that Was Sunday 9:06 am, and I've been up since crackodawn, as Santana woke me up to take her out to tinkle. Good dog. Better than peeing on the rug. Bad dog. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went to watch my cousin race at Laguna Seca. Although I grew up within a few miles of LS, I had never been there before, so it was a lot of fun. Of course, it resulted in a bad food day, but... <BR> <BR> I worked tons of hours this week, and got a lot of work done. The tension in the office is 6/10, which is an imp... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:15:19 EST Runnin to Rhiannon I got lots of steps in at J#2 today. We had a lovely evening with our ABQ friend's heart-daughter, and, after she left, I synced Sparky with my Start page and saw that I had about 600 steps to go to hit 10K, so I grabbed the mini tramp, cranked up Fleetwood Mac, and jogged/jumped for couple of thousand steps. I was a little confused as to when Sparky didn't credit me and Mini with our 23 minute work out, so I plugged it in. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow -- No plans. Maybe do a couple of errands. Ma... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 01:38:28 EST Well. This is what happens when I don't track during a BAD WEEK Up 2 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'll have it off by the weekend. I've been away from the office for most of the week, on business, eating out, or eating nothing then "making up for it" at dinner. Add to this the ongoing work drama, and I've had a bad week. Water? Who drinks water? I drink beer. <BR> <BR> This is a bad strategy. <BR> <BR> 'Nuff said. New day. New Start. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:15:49 EST Goals Set Dee sets goals all the time. So, I'll go public with mine. Accountability IS. <BR> <BR> 1) Mini-tramp 5/7 dpw <BR> 2) 1 chocolate treat per day (more realistic than my no chocolate, as my husband has been bringing Hershey into the house, and we split one most days). <BR> 3) More water -- less beer! <BR> 4) Better tracking <BR> 5) Finish Fingersmith <BR> 6) hit 135 by end of summer. I can do this -- I've been living in Maintenance Land these past months, and can lose these last 2 pou... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:57:27 EST 23 minutes Yesterday I jogged on the mini-tramp for 23 minutes, listening to rocknroll (Jethro Tull). This morning, I mini-tramped to David Bowie, and stopped after the 5th song -- 23 minutes. Huh! 23 is my son's birthdate. 23 is Jose Uribe's jersey number (we referred to The Boy as Uribe during my pregnancy, and were delighted when he was born on that date). <BR> <BR> Enough of the Universe teasing me today. <BR> <BR> I took the day off from work. I slept in. I tramped (gotta figure out a name ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:43:24 EST September Song I am going to forget about August -- except for the wonderful things! <BR> <BR> 1) 5 fun days in Ashland with our friends. <BR> 2) Santana is a wonderful part of our lives. Bailey is happy. Husband is happy. Mali is not happy. <BR> 3) Weight is stable. <BR> 4) I refreshed my sourdough starter last week, and have a loaf almost ready for the oven. <BR> 5 ) My little weight loss goal is 135 by the end of the summer. That's almost here. I've been messing around with these last few pound... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:41:56 EST H The letter that begins the titles of books eaten by Santana today. Harry Potter and History of Love. <BR> <BR> Dr appointment highlights: 1) she thinks that my weight is fine, and that if I get down to 130, I'll look gaunt. She agrees that 135 +/- 2 pounds is a good place to be. Since I am currently +2, I guess that I'm ok although I'm not at GOAL until I see 135 (not 135.5, which I've seen a few times -- 135!) 2) Drinking a beer or a class of wine a day is fine with her. I can even ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:43:39 EST Schedule We don't currently have one. <BR> <BR> Hi, Spark Pals -- <BR> <BR> The Girl came home July 16, and left for Sacramento to stay with The Newlyweds while she's trying to get a job. Or sweet friend who moved to ABQ came back oh, don't remember, sometime around the end of July/beginning of August, and has been staying here as her home base while she takes care of local business. Her friend has been here on and off, too. The kids (Girl, Newlies, Husb and I) went to Ashland a week ago Wednesd... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:54:04 EST Stress Update I'm working 12-hour-plus days (even without J#2), so I haven't had much time to Sparkabout, but know I'm thinking about you all. Thanks for relaxation music, notes, comments. I appreciate it! Still 1 1/2 pounds from goal, so I haven't "lost it" -- <BR> <BR> Nothing much has changed at the office. I hired Rochelle's heart daughter as our new file clerk (and she won't take any S**t off of anyone!) and she's started her training. Everyone is behind, because two of the staff took their vac... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:58:28 EST living in the dark We got back from our trip on June 15, and it's been dark since I walked into the office on the 16th. My legal assistant (I had a descriptor here, but Spark wouldn't let me post my blog with it, so fill in your own blank here) started in on how much she hates my partner and it's gone downhill since then. I thought that I had things relatively under control, but then DH (who works with me) had a spat with our file clerk (who told him "no" when he asked her for help) and she left a couple of w... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:15:06 EST There's no place like home This week has been totally putrid at work. <BR> <BR> Got back from vacation and got hit upside the head with more of the same from the staff, who just will not settle in and let my new business partner settle in. <BR> <BR> Then it went downhill. <BR> <BR> TGIF. <BR> <BR> I work Sa and Sun nights at J#2. Some day, I'll have a chance to upload the trip photos and post a few. Maybe take a little head trip pack and get away from the crap here -- <BR> <BR> Thanks all for your checking in wi... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:17:42 EST Wake-up dream My wake-up dream this morning was that a client fired me. My brain doesn't want to go home. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 03:28:25 EST 19,848 steps 10.1 miles. Got in all of my exercise minute goal this week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's highlight was the play, The Commitments -- one of our favorite movies is The Commitments, and the play was super. <BR> <BR> We leave for home tomorrow morning. What a fabulous trip. We both got some bucket list items in. We didn't fight, and, in fact, the only time that I was snappish was when it was too hot and humid and my blood sugar dropped all at the same time. <BR> <BR> I've wanted to go to Spain... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:56:32 EST 14122 Steps (before dinner) Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum. <BR> <BR> BTW, if you ever have any doubts that there is something greater than you, see Sagrada Familia. <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:37:54 EST 17,312 steps (so far) We walked down to the beach this morning. Beautiful sights -- the color of the Mediterranean, the beautiful men and women (my husband especially appreciated the topless women). We swam in the Mediterranean! <BR> <BR> So, my husband had a plan for how to get to the Miro museum. We walked and walked and walked and walked. The lines on the maps were hills. I had 60+workout minutes. I asked a little old man how to get there -- he gave me alternative directions, told me that it was muy lejo... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:50:31 EST 18,904 steps We walked all over Barcelona, and spent time at one of the Gaudi homes (<BR>, and also looked at the Palau de Musica Catalana (<BR>Musica_Catalana), an amazing concert hall. It was a day that ended up having a musical theme -- we toured the Liceu Opera House (<BR>House), and then, a few minutes later, happened on a youth chamber choir from a town that is less than an hou... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:53:30 EST 11068 Steps 5 hours in the car, and I still managed to get 11068 steps in. <BR> <BR> This would be because we got a little bit lost in Barcelona... <BR> <BR> Sending you all best wishes and besos <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:35:32 EST 7,564 Steps We spent most of the day in the car. When we got to Cartagena, we spent a LOT of time climbing up and down steps (I couldn't find the correct exercise to track, so I made one up) to the Roman Theater -- an old coliseum from Roman era. Worked up a sweat! LOL! Sat, 7 Jun 2014 18:17:47 EST 15,196 Steps We walked all over Vejer de la Frontera, the most beautiful place I've ever seen. <BR> <BR> Period. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 17:21:19 EST Heaven I am skipping Portugal. Because we have found heaven. Vejer de la Forntera, Cadiz, Espana. <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 17:24:29 EST 35,032 Steps from Spain into Portugal I don't remember where I left off. Burgos, in Spain, is lovely. It has a marvelous cathedral, based on Notre Dame. Beautiful hotel. Burgos is in the Castilla/Leon area. Everything is green. Next to Astorga. My husband says that, si fueramos retirar in Spain, he'd like to be here. Another lovely cathedral, and Palacio Gaudi (which was closed for renovations, unfortunately). <BR> <BR> Then we went into Galicia. I am in love with Galicia. I'll give you the historia another time. <BR> ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:00:23 EST 6492 Steps. Dee. Feel free to correct my Spanish. Today we left Astorga for Leon, so we could see the cathedral there. <BR> <BR> The Saints had other plans. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we were in Burgos in the morning. We went to the Fabulous cathedral there. We could have stayed all day. Amazing. Anyway, we went back to our hotel to pick up our rental car, and the office had just stopped for siesta. This was a problem. We had 2 1/2 hours to kill before the office reopened. I read. My husband fretted. Ok, paced. In any event, we got the... Sat, 31 May 2014 17:47:56 EST 12,424 Steps We met The Girl at Sainte Chapelle and looked at the fabulous stained glass. Then locked locks (one for my dad) at Pont du Arts and went to Musee d'Orsay for about 6000 steps. <BR> <BR> Feet up. It's 6:10 pm here. In a while, I'll pack and then we'll meet The Girl at Sacre Couer to watch the sun go down and the lights go up! <BR> <BR> Manana -- vamos a Burgos! Wed, 28 May 2014 12:12:00 EST 15,172 Steps Giverny, 8 & 9 districts. <BR> <BR> Read and napped on the train to Giverny. <BR> <BR> Pretty darn wonderful! Tue, 27 May 2014 16:08:52 EST 7724 Steps We went to L'Orangiere. where Monet's Waterlillies live. I could have stayed there forever. Later, we checked out The Girl's apartment, which is about the same size as your computer screen. <BR> <BR> Who cares? It's Paris! Mon, 26 May 2014 17:25:50 EST 20,900 steps today We met up with my friend, L-K, and with The Girl and walked all over the City. Tour Eiffel, Napolean's Tomb, Notre Dame, Rodin Museum, Champs-Elysee, lunch at a cafe, reading along the Seine (not is that order). <BR> <BR> Sigh... <BR> Sun, 25 May 2014 14:37:43 EST 18248 Steps today Walked all over, 8th arrondisment, then our daughter met us at our hotel and we took the Metro to Tuileries Gardens and to the Louvre. I couldn't stop smiling at all of the paintings that I saw in my art books. <BR> <BR> Blisters!! <BR> <BR> Who cares -- it's Paris! Sat, 24 May 2014 12:07:16 EST We got to our Paris hotel around midnight and found that -- 1) The shampoo bottle blew up all over Joe's shirts in his suitcase. <BR> <BR> 2) I forgot to pack the the underwear that I bought for the trip. ooops. <BR> <BR> 3) Who cares?? We're in Paris! Fri, 23 May 2014 20:02:25 EST Europe When my husband retired from his job, he cashed out hundreds of hours of annual leave and told me that it was for a trip. Well, the trip is really happening. The Girl is in Paris, and we will leave on Thursday to see her. We'll be gone until June 15, so I won't be able to check in much, although Sparky will be traveling with me, and I'd like to sync him up every week or so. <BR> <BR> Preparing for the trip has been in the background of my stress for the last 6 months. I needed to have a ... Mon, 19 May 2014 11:57:17 EST And they lived happily ever after The wedding was beautiful. Sun, 11 May 2014 02:34:59 EST Bug Stomping We came home on Thursday night to giant black bugs in the laundry room. I'd never seen anything like this in my life. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm not afraid of bugs. In fact, I find them interesting. I was a bug-catching little kid, and I'm the one who showed my kids that bugs were ok. When there's a spider in the house, I'm the one who catches and releases it (really). <BR> <BR> But a bunch of bugs in the laundry room? No thank you. <BR> <BR> So, after emitting a manly scream, my husband and ... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:14:32 EST