ILOVEMALI's SparkPeople Blog ILOVEMALI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 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