JANEITESARAH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JANEITESARAH JANEITESARAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Blogging tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459321 It's weird that I haven't blogged at all this week- I'd gotten used to it. On the other hand, I did my journaling in the program I downloaded last Sunday, and so it's been getting done, even if it wasn't here on SP. <BR> <BR> I've been doing better with some things and less so with others. I have been working on sleep this week. It's getting better. It also seems to have a direct effect on the headaches I have- something I should have cottoned onto much more quickly than I actually did, ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:42:48 EST Still tired, and tomorrow is Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452176 I'm really tired. However, I have done nothing today, and this evening I am going to pray, shower, and watch a movie before I go to bed. I've already watched both Star Trek and 2 episodes of Sherlock. I didn't go to church today, but I am going to pray the daily office this evening and my psalm reading. <BR> <BR> I was trying to decide today whether I ought to buy a 20-visit pass to the rec center here in town, or whether I ought to just buy a year's membership. I think that is another d... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 21:44:35 EST Saturday is better... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451229 Today was much better. I got up and read for a while before taking my walk later in the morning. It was strange, because I didn't really know anyone on the walking path. It was weird not to see my path-people and to walk with them. But I got it done, and came home. we had a great time today eating- the only really processed thing I had was the hamburger bun and ketchup I put on my burger. I have not yet gotten to the store to buy the stuff to make my own, but I should be able to do that... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:14:04 EST Fried Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450448 I'm so dead. This is going to be a short entry. <BR> <BR> I had a good and bad Friday. It was good because I got up and walked and went with Mom to get Dad from the airport, and I got to work. It was bad because I felt like I was having a mental meltdown most of the day. I am tired and cranky and I need more sleep than I've been getting, and I've been getting pretty good sleep for a good amount of time. I was angry the entire time I was at work and I've been angry most of the evening. ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:24:46 EST And another Wednesday is down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448259 Today was OK. I was awakened too early by my mother, who seemed to think she needed to borrow my AppleTV to watch some internet streaming stuff. After THAT auspicious start, I did my walk and mowed the lawn, and did my prayers. It was marginally easier today. I also made the bed and opened the curtains, something that helps tremendously in putting me in a good mood. <BR> <BR> I had a nice day at work; I wore one of my new outfits, and it was nice and cool. Partly, I think, because I had ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:31:01 EST Tuesdays are good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446990 I am going to have good Tuesdays this month. I am having a good day today- not really with a headache, and with a nice day at work, and a little bit more shopping done. Today I got to go shopping at Ross again, and I got a pair of white capri pants, a really lovely running jacket ($140 jacket for $12!!), and two tops. I spent the entire $50 I got out of the account today, but I think it was worth it. I still have $29 of my paycheck. It is such a relief to know that I have another pay chec... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 22:20:46 EST Lovely Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445895 So I got up this morning, walked, and called the bank. And yes, my paycheck was automatically deposited this morning, and yes, I am able to open a new checking account, and yes, there was a nice sum of money left over for me to use when the old account had been paid off. So I went to the bank, took out money, and prepared to reopen myself a checking account. Then I took my mother out for lunch (Qdoba) and we went to Ross where I got some more of the things I need checked off my list. <BR> ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 23:54:29 EST Sunday evening... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444692 So I've made this new resolution to track my food. And what is the first thing I do? I don't track my food. <BR> <BR> Usually, this helps keep my overeating/poor eating in line because I don't like putting down poor eating choices. However, today, I started out well (Bacon for breakfast) and didn't eat anything at coffee hour (pound cake and brownies) and got home, to help my Mom eat chocolate chip and butterscotch cookies, and then we went out for Mexican. The food was great. But as I'... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 23:34:55 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442302 I woke up having slept well this morning. It was good to wake up and know I'd been alright through the night and not in pain. I had a strange dream that I was trying to fit in with royalty, and ended up sitting with the servants, who dressed like something out of Downton Abbey and didn't like me either. The Brits were there, but mostly it was different European royalty, I remember trying very hard to impress Princess Letizia from Spain and failing miserably. And then there was some kind of ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:57:14 EST Thank goodness the week is nearly over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441722 I'm exhausted, and very glad the week is nearly over. I'm so tired I"m going to go to bed after writing a short entry, but I didn't want to neglect writing here. Tomorrow I will not have anything in the evening, so after work I can come home and veg should I feel like it, and I intend to do just that. The last 2 days have been incredibly busy and I'm looking forward to getting some time to rest. I am grateful for the new job, but there is no denying I am not getting the time for relaxatio... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:27:34 EST One step forward, one step back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439207 So, after having a migraine since Sunday, I finally feel like I've beaten it. Thanks to the COO at work, who heard that I had come to work with a headache and bought me a Coke (something I usually do NOT indulge in for various reasons, except when I'm migraining), I am now migraine pain/queasiness free. This is a huge thing. <BR> <BR> I was in such a migraine haze yesterday that I actually forgot to log in- which means I will miss my perfect attendance award for July by 1 day, and I have t... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:26:53 EST A problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436699 Today has kind of sucked. I got up and went to church and did a short walk, and ate lots of ice cream sandwiches (fat boys, my preferred brand) because I have a headache. It refuses to go away. Not that I exactly expect it to- it is a headache that all women can appreciate at a certain time of month. However, it is not as bad as it could be, I have at least kept it under partial control. <BR> <BR> But it did kind of blow my day to pieces. Instead of another relaxing day to let myself fe... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:11:28 EST A couple of problems.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435789 So there are two problems that I see right now. <BR> <BR> First, even though I'm doing OK getting centering prayer done twice a day (I'm up to 15 minutes each session!!) the past 2 days I've been interrupted by my mother, who wants to me either talk to her about something or help her with something. This is not cool, however I don't know what I should do about it. My initial reaction is to get mad and tell her to buzz off, but that would not be a good thing. On the other hand, I don't wan... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:05:51 EST Lots of tired today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434782 This is going to be a short entry- because I'm exhausted and I am planning to get to bed early. It's been a good day, but at the end of it, I was literally having a hard time staying awake, and it needs to be over with so I can. <BR> <BR> I went to my friend the artist's house today and we had a great time catching up. I got to buy my favorite painting! I also got three more from the same series that I can frame later as I get the money. But my favorite was already framed, and my friend ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 23:19:22 EST Another day down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433745 I'm really having problems this week staying on target. I've been taken out to eat way too much- enough that I'm not making any progress. I've told my mother that we can't continue doing this, but there's always one more time to go. This is frustrating. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to this weekend- I am going to rest, relax, and get a few things done. I'm going to take a nice bath Friday night, and Saturday I'm going to try to go to a movie. I'm visiting with a friend tomorrow morning... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:42:59 EST Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432504 I think I've gotten my blog entries mixed up. I posted something silly and light in my CoHP TDR, and I'm going to write the really big blog here. I suppose that's OK- I can link it over. But it goes to show that I'm having lots of fun and not really paying much attention to small things. <BR> <BR> So my goals AKA Habits to Implement over the summer were to start writing out my stresses, and to begin centering prayer. I've actually gotten them started pretty successfully. <BR> <BR> I've ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:17:37 EST Not entirely back on track, but getting there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431202 So I got up this morning and did my walk. I got some laundry going and did some centering prayer. Mom took me with her to lunch with our neighbor (they go weekly) and we had Mexican food at our favorite restaurant. I did not overeat or make myself sick in any way with the chips, salsa, beans, and cheese enchiladas. This is a huge win for me. Mom dropped me off at work then, and after work we had a nice dinner that was on the diet. She also took me to Ross, and I got to pick up a few of ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 23:30:46 EST Crazy Party Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430075 My friend Melinda came on Friday, and we had a fantastic time this weekend. We went to the movies, a local family fun park, and we did a lot of shopping. It was great to see her (hadn't seen her in nearly 14 years) and it was such fun to have all the play-time we had together. There wasn't nearly enough time to get everything we wanted to get done done, so she is just going to have to come back as soon as she can. <BR> <BR> I did get my walking done while she was here, and I'm pleased wit... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:19:06 EST Long, hot day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425906 It was a long hot day today, I had a slight headache, and I had choir practice almost immediately after work. Still, it was OK today, and I'm pleased with what I got accomplished. There wasn't much, but I did get some things accomplished. <BR> <BR> I did centering prayer this morning, and when I'm done here, I'll do another session. I've been doing 10 minutes, and it's working pretty well, except I keep getting distracted and thinking off into a tangent instead of allowing my mind to rel... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 23:52:47 EST Tiiiiiirrrrrreeeeeddddd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424788 I"m very tired today so this is going to be a short entry. <BR> <BR> I figured out part of the reason why I'm so tired after work. The air conditioner is set quite high, so my office is quite warm. I'm sweaty and tired by 4PM, and when you work till 6PM, that is really difficult. <BR> <BR> I didn't do so well with the diet today. I started out really well, and I didn't do so badly when I ordered at the Mexican restaurant we went to with my Dad's office for lunch. What I did do badly was... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:58:20 EST This is going to be a long slog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423517 I am very happy to be working again. I really, really am. And once I get over the whole adjustment period I think this will be much easier to deal with, but today I am missing my free time and the time I could spend not being bored to death with the work I'm doing. That is frustrating. But this is not going to last forever, and I can deal with this while that is the case. This is a means to an end, and that end will come sooner or later. <BR> <BR> That aside, payday is Thursday. I'm ve... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:56:58 EST Lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420296 I got to bed early last night and slept over 9 hours. That was a great way to start the day. <BR> <BR> Today I had a nice, lazy day in which absolutely nothing got done. I attempted to knit a sock, and ended up ripping it out because my needles weren't the right kind. I will have to get a different size that I don't have at this moment. I did, however, get Judy's Magic Cast-on figured out. I will conquer those toe-up socks!! <BR> <BR> I have watched 2 Star Trek movies and got out for... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:46:53 EST Friday worries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419413 I have several worries from today, and I thought writing about them might help things. <BR> <BR> First, I am worried that I am not in a weight-loss frame of mind. Getting back into it shouldn't be a problem, it's totally a reaction to stress and shock this week, but I'm not in one and it makes me sad and worried. I've worked hard to take off the weight, and I want to keep going. I am going to have to sit down with Mom and figure out how to make this work, when she keeps wanting to celebra... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:04:10 EST Second day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418373 Today was the second day at the new job, and I was happy to spend most of the afternoon stringing Christmas ornaments on yarn to be hung from a canopy at a particular hole at the golf course tomorrow for the annual golf-tournament/fundraiser. The theme is 'Dr. Seuss', and I was helping get the stuff ready for the Grinch-themed hole. It was pretty fun. I have a master's degree in contact cement, so this even beat that! <BR> <BR> I am still exhausted, and I expect I will be until Saturday, ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:14:51 EST First day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417288 Today was the first day of the new job. It was pretty good. I did not get a headache from the stress of it. I did not mess anything up too badly- actually, not at all. And I had a nice time getting to know the girl who was assigned to help me out and be my mentor while I'm getting used to the job. <BR> <BR> I'm really tired now, though. This was a lot of work for one day, and I'm totally not used to that at all- it's been nearly 5 years since I've had a job. So I'm going to go to bed e... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:08:17 EST Today is Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414903 Today has been a great day. I have NOT had a headache. I was a bit queasy this morning, but that went away quite early on in the day. I did walk my 3.5 miles. I'm over 140 now since May in mileage. I stuck with the diet. This is a Good Thing. <BR> <BR> In other news I got an interview for a temporary job, filling in for someone who unexpectedly had to go on and FMLA leave of absence. It's part-time, for 4-5 weeks. I'm so excited! I also sent an email asking about a car that a couple... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 22:29:59 EST Sunday, Sunday again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413795 It's been a long day. Rather frustrating, all told, because I have had a headache (7th day in a row) most of the day and so I didn't get much done outside of church. I'm tired of this- but I am certain it is going to work its way out of my system very, very soon. In the meantime, I'm going to bed tonight with tinctures. It's a good thing. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow Mom and I are going to restart the diet- meaning no more celebrating now that celebrations are over. I'm really excited about thi... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 00:27:13 EST CoHP 1a and 1B Continued.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412570 After having some time to think about things, here is my 1B stuff continued: <BR> <BR> I am going to start the habit of writing at least 3 pages of burping-out pages when I am under stress (right now, that's all the time) and do it at least 3 times a week, if not more. I will do this, and work on getting the centering prayer practice started later- say the first of August, which should give me enough time to figure out how to do this habit and get it well enough established that I can begin... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 17:39:07 EST CoHP 1a and 1B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411582 It's been a very long two days, and I am very tired with a tad bit of a headache that I am treating with remedies and ice-cream sandwiches (believe it or not, ice cream sandwiches are VERY effective migraine pain relief treatments- I understand it's the calcium) and I am lying on my bed with the shih tzu trying to catch up on some of my daily internet tasks that went down the tubes yesterday with my mother's birthday and trying to deal with the headache I had then. <BR> <BR> So, one of my ta... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 14:07:43 EST Much better day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410182 Today I was queasy this morning from the headache, but this afternoon, after baking Mom's birthday cake, picking up books at the library, and attending choir practice at church (and singing some really awesome Renaissance church music!) I no longer have a headache. I'm absolutely thrilled about this! <BR> <BR> I went out for coffee/tea this morning with a lady from church and ate an entire caramel roll. I had intended to save half for my Mom, but ended instead eating the whole thing and dr... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 00:16:49 EST Still behind, but feeling a bit better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408934 Still have the stupid headache. It's better, though. I'm not in as much pain, and when I don't move around, I just feel slightly hung over. I think it will be gone tomorrow. *fingers crossed* <BR> <BR> So this was another day to sit in bed and watch movies. I watched 3 episodes of Midsomer Murders, and I'm currently rewatching 'Wrath of Khan'. I will be watching the reboot following this viewing. <BR> <BR> I have the shih tzu with me- he's snoring at the foot of the bed right now. It... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:15:50 EST And getting behind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407970 So today after my walk I came down with another migraine. I should have been expecting it, there are, after all, certain times I should expect a migraine, but I was not- I was cheerfully thinking that there was no way I'd get another one so quickly. <BR> <BR> So what that means is I'm now out of commission again, and spent most of the day laying in bed hoping it didn't get much worse. It didn't. But it's still here. I'm going to medicate (AKA- take tinctures and hydrate even more) and go... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:45:52 EST Catch-up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406503 Today I am catching up after 2 days away. Friday, of course, I was at the Shakespeare Festival watching Much Ado About Nothing, and yesterday I was headaching/migraining. Not exactly an easy day. <BR> <BR> So I've had lots of me-time, even if I did have a headache. And seeing the play performed was fantastic. However due to the headache, I did not get to do the cleanse yesterday as I had planned. Today, though, I expect to be able to do that. It will be good to get it done. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:25:20 EST A quick check-in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405962 Since I didn't really check in yesterday evening, I wanted to at least do a quick shout-out this evening. But that's all it's going to be, because I've got a headache starting and I've got to get to bed. I was going to write about the play I saw last night and my goals and how I got this far a little bit more (and whatever else I was supposed to write to finish up the weekly CoHP challenges), but I think that's going to get written tomorrow, because tonight I'm dead and in pain and in need ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:44:34 EST A fun but discouraging week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404765 I didn't get to blog last night- I was up talking and eating with Mom after choir practice. It's the eating that has probably resulted in a jump on the scale- it's not a bit number, but I am not going to write it down because I'm upset and embarrassed by it. But really it's not so bad, and I will be back down again in a few days. Really, this has been a fun week with my walking in different places than usual, but as far as the weight goes, it's not been as fun. <BR> <BR> But there is al... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:53:53 EST Maybe I should just give up this whole eating-plan thingy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403049 Today was another day in which I started the day really, really well diet-wise, and ended the day not-so-well. My father went on a camping trip, leaving Mom and me home alone. We are really excited about the whole thing. <BR> <BR> So I did pretty well as far as eating- not entirely on diet because I did have a big bowl of lima beans and ham. As far as Atkins go, that's not good, but it was OK for me, because I love lima beans and they are considered a vegetable. And these were very good... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:27:10 EST An exercise in frustration that ends on a good note... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401969 It's been a bit of a frustrating day- after I got a phone call from a school-recruitment firm that tried to recruit me for programs I don't care to do, and then sent my name out to schools with a program I am not going to ever consider taking, so that I've been getting phone calls all day long- I literally got 6 phone calls in a 25 minute period. To say I am angry about that would be an understatement. <BR> <BR> I know there were 6 phone calls during a 25 minute period because I was trying ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:34:00 EST Stress and the Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400754 As some of you reading my blog might have surmised, I've been under a lot of stress. Being unemployed is difficult, add to that relationship problems (not mentioned much here, just that there are some because frankly, it's hard to talk about in such an open forum) and I'm living with my parents. That isn't so bad, but really I'd prefer to be living alone. Taking steps to make this change is hard, because I am scared of whatever steps I can take. But I think that if I take time and listen,... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:04:53 EST Sunday, Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399641 Today was nice. I got up and did my walk (3.5 miles, as usual) and came home and got ready for church. Church was a bit weird because our priest was at the regional Women's Retreat, Bad Girls of the Bible. I wanted to go badly, but there was no money for it, so I didn't get to go. Still, Karen will have a lot of fun things to talk about on Thursday at choir practice. It was my Sunday to act as lay-reader at the evening service, so I spent a half-hour this evening doing that. I've also r... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:00:10 EST A very long day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398690 I got up and walked this morning, and then pulled on some different shoes and helped my dad clean out the garage. We got rid of a couple of truckloads of things (given to the Idaho Youth Ranch, an awesome charity that assists kids here in Idaho) and we got a lot of stuff thrown out and picked up. After that, we had to go on a town-wide search for a repair piece for my father's Coleman camping lantern. He's going to be camping next weekend, and Mom and I are going to be here alone. It will... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:16:59 EST More about how I got here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397624 Or, for the CoHP people, History of Magic!! <BR> <BR> About 10 years ago, my parents were removing a tree from the back yard. I was sorry to see the tree grow, but it was in a bad place and in poor health, and hadn't been planted properly so the roots were running all over the lawn. I came over the day they had taken it down, and my brother and father were trying to get the stump to move so they could pull it out. I tried to help them and winded myself so badly I thought I was going to pa... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:16:53 EST Good progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397615 I'm really excited to see that, even though I started walking only a month ago, that I am nearly half-way through my goal in exercise minutes for the year. I am also very pleased that I will pass my monthly goal for exercise minutes either Sunday or Monday (most likely Sunday). My goal each month is to get in 1500 minutes. Even with my headache this week (which cuts my exercise time by about 2/3- I had planned to hit this earlier this week) I am still going to have an extra week of minutes... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:07:55 EST Goals for the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396911 OK, a little Goal Update and new Goals.... <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> <BR> Continue to walk each day. At least the shorter 1.3 mile walk, but with an eye on doing the 3.5 mile walk at least 5 days a week. DONE!!!! <BR> <BR> Have one long walk of 5 miles. DONE!!!! <BR> <BR> Weigh myself to see what damage I did during the Birthday Bash last week (I do NOT regret the triple-layer spice cake!) DONE!!!! <BR> <BR> Stay on the diet all week long- as in, I follow the carb limits of Atkins and... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:21:32 EST I really don't like headaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395761 Today was kind of a bust in a bunch of respects. I still have the headache- though it's much better now than it was earlier. It curtailed my walking this morning, because I could only walk the short 1 mile walk, and I sat in bed most of the day, because moving around makes things hurt. So tonight I am taking more tinctures and going to bed earlier, and tomorrow I expect to be right back on target with the walking. The headache is nearly gone, but it's still here enough that I'm aware of i... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:17:47 EST Father knows best...some of the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394060 Apparently Dad did know what he was talking about- I weighed myself this evening (despite my scale-phobia, I'm too curious NOT to weigh myself) and I'd lost back down to 188. So, that's a pound less than over the weekend, and 4 pounds less than yesterday. I was relieved, to say the least. <BR> <BR> I have had a headache all day, so this evening I'm going to read, possibly watch True Blood, and go to bed early. I will take both my tinctures (for migraines and sleep) and be asleep early. I... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:32:22 EST Urgh.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392709 So today was good and bad. I got my 3.5 miles in. I meandered today and left the iPod at home. It was very nice and a lot of fun. Several squirrels came out, and I made friends with one of the dogs on the path. <BR> <BR> However, I got on the scale today. I weighed in at 192. I'm not happy with that. I didn't go off the diet much over the weekend (despite my father's birthday- I ate no cake, and only had a small pizza and a croissant with a tiny bit of frosting), and I exercised as I ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:34:28 EST Forgetfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391380 Apparently, I forgot to write an entry yesterday. This does happen from time to time. <BR> <BR> I had a nice day with my family, and a lovely church service this morning. Before I went to church, though, I got up and checked the weather (it was supposed to be 92 today), and decided that I would need to walk before church, because it wasn't going to happen afterward in THAT kind of heat. So, I walked before church (started off the week with 3.5 miles!) and came home and showered and wore a... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:44:50 EST Okay... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389527 Progress and non-progress today. Progress, in that today I saw 189 on the scale for the first time in 2 years. Progress, in that I have walked another 3.5 miles this week. Progress, in that I took my measurements for the first time in a long time, and they are a bit smaller than I remember them being. <BR> <BR> Non-progress, in that my mother took me out (unexpectedly!!) for Taco Bell. I had a soft bean burrito (no onions) and a chicken buffalo griller. I also got into the frosting for ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:14:53 EST Goals??? What goals??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388570 As I wrote on Monday, one of my goals was to stay on the diet after my party-week last week. Well, today, my mother and I had personal pepperoni pizzas for lunch, popcorn during one of our movies, and we went out for mini Blizzards at Dairy Queen. All told, I've probably gone about 100 carbs over my carb-count for the day (I do Atkins). However, with the walking, I don't know that I'll see much of a difference in my weight. What's more, I've been craving ice cream, so I think there was so... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:04:41 EST And more honesty... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387542 I'm trying to get things cleared up and cleaned out. Physically, it's very simple, and I can easily work through simplifying my life so that I can live the way I dream. Mentally is a different story. It's hard to do- I carry a lot of baggage that needs to go. On one hand, I can't let go of it yet, on the other, I create a lot of stress by hanging on to things. I'm trying to discipline myself to lessen these threats to my mental health. The biggest threat to mental health is the finances... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:23:41 EST