ILOVEMALI's SparkPeople Blog ILOVEMALI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Long Time, No See! I've been totally underwater since we returned from walking The Camino. I didn't know that I could be "sustained busy" -- I'm still working 50 - 70 hpw. I have this fantasy that I can catch up... <BR> <BR> Weight-wise, I've put on a few pounds, but my clothes fit well. I haven't been able to do much walking, between work and the lousy weather, but Daylight Savings just happened, which opens up more possibilities. <BR> <BR> I've been feeling "wrong" for months, and decided that I'd bette... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:55:40 EST Returned! Hi, friends -- <BR> <BR> We made it! 200+ miles in 17 days of walking/hiking. Additionally, we did tons of just plain walking -- probably averaging 4 miles per day for the 35 days that we were gone. So many stories to tell. We got back on 11-11 and I was back to work, and in court, but 8:30 am on 11-14. Life is crazy since then, trying to catch up. <BR> <BR> Photos to follow when I get a chance -- Buen Camino! I thought about you along The Way! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:33:37 EST Ya me voy I got as much work done as I could. and tomorrow I'll pack my backpack and leave for The Camino!! Wish me luck! 200 miles!! Ya me voy!! Thu, 6 Oct 2016 02:49:27 EST Long Time, No See! I haven't forgotten about my SP pals -- This is what has been going on. <BR> <BR> 1) May 2016 - mid-August, 2016, we were embroiled in real estate transactions. Sold our rental an Ashland and purchased a rental in Sacramento. One of those 1031 exchanges. I wish that I could explain it to you, but the fact is that one of the reasons that I was under so much stress during that time period is because I really don't understand realtor language. It was not the most pleasant experience...but it'... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:46:46 EST Status 1) Drowning in paperwork. Not enough time to breathe. Couldn't break the surface even if I wanted to breathe. <BR> <BR> 2) Trying to get in more walking because we are going to walk 200 miles in Spain this fall. <BR> <BR> 3) Stress is screwing with my eating and drinking. I have black, unsweetened iced tea in the house, and am trying to drink that more often than my nightly beer. Limited success. <BR> <BR> 4) Love you all -- thanks for checking in with me. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:31:17 EST Pedometer 14246, Garmin 15371 4th day in a row that I've left by 6 (ish) so we could go for a walk. <BR> <BR> 2 walks to my best bud's house (RT = a little more than 4 miles. Today was 4.25). <BR> <BR> 1 walk to Stubby's for dinner (it's about a 2ish mile RT, and we add to it). <BR> <BR> 1 treadmill day (1 hour @ 3.2 mph). Fri, 13 May 2016 01:07:36 EST Today's Score Garmin 11403. Omron 10396. Close enough for government work. Thu, 12 May 2016 00:41:36 EST Deuce Garmin seems to have only tracked about half of my day. 6567 steps. I walked 3.2 miles on the treadmill in an hour, The pedometer says that I walked more than 11K steps. <BR> <BR> Garmin did get me up from my desk today and I took a walk. <BR> <BR> I just don't get it... Tue, 10 May 2016 21:37:32 EST You Never Know What Time It Is If You Have More Than One Watch Here's the deal with the Garmin -- as compared with the health thingy on my iPhone, it's + 10 - 15%. My husband got me a pedometer like his -- Omron -- and the Garmin is closer to the steps on the Omron -- 14629 vs. 13542. So, that's pretty close. <BR> <BR> I can't tell when/how the Garmin syncs with Spark, so I manually enter my walks (as opposed to my "normal" days). <BR> <BR> What I DO like about the Garmin is that it shows a red line when I've been sitting at my desk too long. It has... Mon, 9 May 2016 23:31:02 EST RIP Sparky So, Bowie got hold of Sparky and chewed on it again. I bought a Garmin vivofit (amazon. way inexpensive), and am trying to figure it out. It was really easy to set up with my computer and phone, and SP recognized it right away, but it doesn't seem to download steps to my SP data. It does seem to download mileage, so I hope that my total mileage continues to register. <BR> <BR> In order to see if it is accurate, I'm going to have to keep my iPhone in my pocket all day and compare the two ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:17:16 EST Checking In I've been totally under water, and thank my Spark Pals for checking in with me. Working 10-12 hpd. The "good news" is that they've been scheduling me short mid shifts at J#2 on Sunday afternoons, so I have most of the weekends for Us. Working on getting tax information together for our tax person, and it's so depressing that I can't bring myself to finish. Up 2 down 2, making little progress with these last 10 pounds (up 2 today. Must be the medicinal evening beer). <BR> <BR> Last month ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 12:27:13 EST Happy New Year Happy New Year, Friends -- I hope that life is so far, so good. <BR> <BR> No resolutions for, however... <BR> <BR> I'm <BR> 1) cutting down on coffee <BR> 2) increasing water <BR> 3) tracking food <BR> 4) increasing my activity <BR> <BR> 10 pounds to be back where I was when my son got married a year and a half ago --- <BR> <BR> I'll do it! <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:30:35 EST Technical Difficulties 1) My computer is being stupid and wouldn't let me properly post my status, so I have two gobbledy-gook statuses today and one where I just plain gave up. <BR> <BR> 2) My computer is being stupid and keeps crashing out halfway thru my attempts to write a status blog entry, and I've lost my date three times so far. <BR> <BR> 3) In keeping with my resolution to NOT give up, I'm trying again. <BR> <BR> Ok. So here's the deal. On my son's wedding day, I weighed 135 1/2 pounds, a half-po... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:02:47 EST Happy Saturday I hope that you enjoy this <BR> <BR><BR>the-world/ Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:47:44 EST Catching Up Work has been crazy. I've been checking in with SP every day, and have been so thankful for my SP friends who are keeping in touch, even when I don't. I'm not losing weight, but I don't think that I'm gaining because my clothes still fit. So, I need to "re-lose" the 10 pounds that I put on after my son's wedding last year. I'm still 40 of 50 down, so that's something. I check in every day with SP, and it helps me at least THINK before I eat something stupid. <BR> <BR> Overall, life is g... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 23:42:06 EST Make your plans -- don't play your results My fitness plans for the week fell flat. On Sunday, my brother was dropping my mom off so we could take her to Sac to see the kids, and he suggested that I check out my mom's hand -- YIKES!!! Her cat had bitten her on Friday, and her hand and arm were red, swollen, painful, infected. She hadn't wanted to go to the hospital when my brother was with her on Saturday, and so my husband and I bullied her into our car and took her to our local hospital. Had I known about the hand at any point b... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 14:42:00 EST Fitness Goals I worked late all days this past week except for Monday, when I had to work at J#2, so I didn't accomplish all of my fitness goals. I hopped on the treadmill a couple of times (Sparky thinks that my treadmill walks = cycling...), and did some of the strange glute exercise things. I think that the minicycle needs a repair, as we found a little part on the floor (husband thinks not, but hasn't taken a close look), so none of that. My treadmill sessions were substantial, and I'm still trying t... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 11:34:19 EST Fitness Goals for the Week Monday and Saturday -- Job #2 days -- lots of carrying, bending, stooping, walking. Goal for Monday is 5000 steps. Goal for Saturday (full shift) is 10K steps. If I don't get in all of the steps on Saturday, I'm off work enough to take a walk when I get home. <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Friday: treadmill and/or minicycle and/or that strange glute/core exercise thing that I found on Prevention. <BR> <BR> Sunday -- To Sac to see The Kids. My main goal for that day is to NOT overdo brunch. <BR> ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:27:36 EST So Far Monday and Thursday fitness went as planned. I am so tired that I have no recollection of Tuesday and Wednesday. <BR> <BR> We didn't get away for this weekend because I am too busy. The story is too long to relate. I just announced to my partner that I am going to jump out of his window. He told me to practice not being nice to my clients, so I told the staff NO MORE CALLS. <BR> <BR> The fitness plan for today is treadmill and/or minicycle. Tomorrow's plan is a long walk. Sunday's p... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:50:57 EST Fitness Goals A la Dee, I'm going to set fitness goals for this week. Tonight: we've been in The City all day, meeting friends for a play and dinner. Sparky says 9 lights, so I plan to walk the treadmill until I complete the Sparky circle. Monday: job #2 in the evening. Lots of walking, bending, stooping, lifting, carrying. Tuesday: mini cycle and treadmill. Wednesday: mini cycle and treadmill. Thursday: see Monday Friday thru Sunday -- back to The City -- get lots of steps in each day. T... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 23:16:41 EST Yesterday's Fitness Minutes I was surprised to see 51 fitness minutes yesterday until I realized that the activity was dancing at Bernardette's wedding! LOL! Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:31:40 EST The Haps It's been a while since I've checked in. I spent most of a month before our vacation getting my work affairs in order. 10 - 14 hpd resulted in a mild cold the day before we left on vacation, but no big deal. <BR> <BR> But, hey, vacation! The first few days we were in Ashland, OR, with our bffs and the kids and their significant others. The plays were either great or really NOT, but this is the theater experience. Didn't matter -- it was fun and relaxing, and I didn't have to do much rea... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 13:53:20 EST Countdown I haven't been able to check in or to blog in weeks, because I'm trying to get all office ducks in a row so we can go on vacation next week. I've been working 10-12+ hour days consistently, with the occasional weekend day off and the occasional home earlier (3 1/2 hours today, 8 hours yesterday -- working at Job #2 tonight and tomorrow night, which is taking time from my "real" job). <BR> <BR> The good news is that I've been able to get in some walks, as the weather and light are still ok w... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 16:38:16 EST Marketing New Guy and I walked around town today and dropped in to a few doctors' offices and other businesses to say hey, drop off cookies, shake hands, and drop off business cards. Wrong shoes -- right blisters! Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:56:36 EST Balanced Life Challenge My SparkPage told me that there is a Balanced Life Challenge this month, and that the first task is to write down why you're feeling unbalanced lately. <BR> <BR> So I thought about it. As you know, after a bout of major stress over the past few years, I'm feeling much happier in with my work situation, so, for this moment, I'm pretty ok. <BR> <BR> What needs balance? <BR> <BR> 1) I need to be ok with being ok in this moment. I tell my clients that they can't "what if" because we can't ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:22:06 EST Better Things are pretty darn good. <BR> <BR> The Boy and his Wife bought their first house! Escrow closed on Thursday, they have their keys, they had their first pizza party, and they slept on an air mattress there. <BR> <BR> The Girl has a new job with civilian hours. It's certainly not the job of her dreams, but the money's about the same as her serving job (which was in a fine dining restaurant, with great tips), and she has nights and (most) weekends off. Her Sweetheart graduated from hi... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:13:11 EST The Haps I am so totally self-absorbed and busy that I haven't read any Sparkmails or goodie notes in weeks. You know who you are -- I think about you daily and am always sending you good energy. <BR> <BR> So, this is what happens when I "let down" a little bit -- I've been in fight-or-flight mode for so long that now that I'm feeling a bit relaxed, I got sick. <BR> <BR> This means that I didn't have to participate in a filmed mock trial today, and I have an entire day to do work and to catch up on... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:28:26 EST Read This Article<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=1150 <BR> <BR> This Spark motivational article really resonated with me. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday, Pals -- Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:03:11 EST Who is this Person? We had dinner at New Guy's house on Saturday night. I have been happy ever since we stepped foot into his house. NG is so happy that we are forming a partnership. He says that it is the opportunity of a lifetime. The difference between this and how Old Guy felt about everything is that OG was thankful for the opportunity because it solved a problem for him <BR> <BR> Anyway, I've been smiling ever since. Who is this person? I don't even recognize her! Happy Dance! Every now and then... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:33:12 EST Sparky's Back! It's great to have a new Sparky. It really motivates me to move around. 5 hours at the bookstore last night = 7000+ steps. Yay! Sat, 30 May 2015 19:04:28 EST Status 1) My female pal declined. Good business reasons. She gave me some wisdom, too. SHe suggested that I contact a mutual acquaintance, who, incidentally, is and has always been my first choice, and decided to NOT come in with me the first time around. <BR> <BR> 2) My all-the-time first choice's circumstances have not changed, so he's not coming in. <BR> <BR> 3) I had a discussion a couple of months ago with a young (compared to me) attorney who told me that he wanted in when I retired. I... Tue, 19 May 2015 22:11:20 EST Spoke with a potential partner today And I really like her. She is a solo practitioner, and is hesitant to leave her secretary behind. Worried about caring too much about the clients in my side of the business. Valid concerns. She has a lot of thinking to do. <BR> <BR> Will talk with the merger folks next week. I know them well, and they've wanted my business for years. I don't know if I want them (I love the guy who was my boss when I was in law school working for him, and we remain friends. The other partner I adored just... Fri, 15 May 2015 15:32:40 EST Warning: Bad news > Good news The good news -- I lost a pound. <BR> <BR> My business partner and I were working late last night, and were discussing the financial end of the business. I know that this part makes him crazy, as he is not used to the uncertainty of private practice and the weird money flow (or trickle, as the case may be). I had a hunch, and asked him if was leaving the partnership. He looked stricken and told me that he had been offered another job, and had until today to make up his mind. I said all of t... Wed, 13 May 2015 12:07:35 EST Oddball I am happy that I had a root canal today. <BR> <BR> I am happy that I'm not in semi-constant pain anymore. <BR> <BR> I am happy that I got a nap afterward. <BR> <BR> What a good day! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 May 2015 23:50:48 EST Naughty tooth The tooth was so bad the other night that I called my dentist's office and asked them about the cancellation list again. They got me in to an endodontist yesterday, who took out a filling, cleaned everything up. pronounced that the crack wasn't so bad that I'd lose my tooth, put some antibiotics in my tooth, packed in the temporary filling, and scheduled me for a root canal next Friday. <BR> <BR> My tooth hurts like Hades. <BR> <BR> I'm off beer and on pain pills. I have to eat lots of y... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:27:45 EST Escape Artist Front door blew open. Bowie escaped. How I found this out yesterday was a phone call: "do you have a dog named Bowie?" I zoomed out of the office and drive to the address given -- around the corner from us. There she was, on a lead handled by a guy to whom I gave an immediate hug -- he told he that he grabbed her when another person tried to shoo her off. <BR> <BR> Then, home, for her to tell Santana all about her adventures. <BR> <BR> An hour later, I got a call from my husband saying... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:29:57 EST Status Hey, Pals -- <BR> <BR> Ashland was great. We were there for a few days, brought my mom, had a great time. Good plays (especially Long Day's Journey Into Night and Pericles. Much Ado would would have been great but for the twit who played Claudio). <BR> <BR> Still haven't been able to make the cancellation list work with my dentist. My tooth absolutely killing me. On a 1 - 10 scale, it is currently a 6 -- varies between 2 and 7. <BR> <BR> My husband is sick -- Day 2 <BR> <BR> My Gia... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:47:03 EST I got to change my evil ways, baby... I stepped on the scale this morning. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:25:22 EST A Perfect Storm I know that I've been lazy with my food intake. I haven't been as active as usual because I'm so tired all the time. I've put on some of the weight that I took off before The Boy's Wedding. <BR> <BR> So, I went to see my doctor and found out that my thyroid levels are crazy low (I have no thyroid, having lost mine years ago. As a result, my thyroid levels are artificially maintained, and not well-maintained at that). Let's see. Chicken or egg? Thyroid then weight? Weight then thyroid?... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:22:43 EST 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