JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JEANINNEWCASTLE JEANINNEWCASTLE'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/ What Went - Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745329 I rediscovered why I had such a good pain day yesterday. Or at least I have a theory. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat today and that reminded me that right before I get even a minor illness I have a good day when I suspect that my immune system has kicked in full force. Then it fails and I get sick and go right back to my normal pain and fatigue. I hadn't remembered because it's been months and months since that's happened. <BR> <BR> My daughter survived her babysitting. She was s... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:07:50 EST What Went - Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744531 Today was day 2 of my 12 year old's babysitting adventure. She was so much calmer today and so were the children. I took her to the house and got her settled but left shortly after the mom did. She was there for about six hours before she called me. The kids wanted to go to the park and I did not want my daughter attempting that on her own. We're only a minute away by car so I buzzed on over there and walked with them to the park. My daughter was whispering to me that she couldn't wait ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:27:50 EST What Went - Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743656 I only got 3 hours of sleep last night because my 12 year old daughter was up crying in the night scared of her big babysitting gig that started this morning. Once I got her settled the second time around 1:30 am, I was too wound up to sleep. I got up at 6:30 and took dd to babysitting at 7:15. I was a mousie in the corner and worked on my next Bible camp lesson while dd took care of the kids. The little boy was literally bouncing off the walls (not figuratively!). I'm glad I was there... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:35:45 EST What Went - Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743018 1. I made it to church. I wrestled with getting dressed this morning. I tried to get my pantyhose on this morning (yes, I'm an old fogie who still wears it - partly because my legs look pretty bad due to edema and other issues) but I could not put them on. My daughter tried to help me but by the time we got them on, I realized that there was a humongous hole in them! So I ended up going bare legged but I absolutely cannot wear my leather church shoes without anything on my feet. I tried... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:29:59 EST What Went- Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742361 1. Today was a fatigue and pain day. I sort of expected that to happen after getting so tired yesterday. But it's never fun to have that sort of prediction come through. <BR> <BR> 2. Today was also Reptile Rally at Petco. I took my 12 year old to it. The website said that there would be someone there showing their reptiles as well as some games etc. for the kids. There was. . . . nothing. So I asked an employee if they were having the event. He called the manager and she came o... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:52:09 EST What Went - Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741827 1. I got all the medical bills paid. This was a torturous activity that went on for hours. I have a lot of bills that are monster bills that include up to 15 different procedures and visits, all with their own insurance EOBs to match up. I suppose it would be faster if I didn't do all that but I've found more than one mistake so I meticulously go through all of them and keep records. The good news is that I happened to have the money to pay them. The bad news is that the money was actua... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:32 EST What Went Well - Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741010 1. I had my fasting labs - an A1C and cholesterol. We'll see if they've changed any from the last time I had them done pre-medication. <BR> <BR> 2. My daughter and I went out afterward for breakfast at IHOP. I had pancakes along with my eggs and bacon which are NOT on my diabetic breakfast plan. So maybe this is not a "what went well" item but from my tummy's perspective they went down very well indeed. I did not eat all the pancakes - just about one. <BR> <BR> 3. The cat's bathroom ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:51:56 EST Revamping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740218 I'm going to try just cooked vegetables instead of raw. There are some good frozen vegetable mixes out there that I can easily prepare for lunch. Today I had one with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots in a cheese sauce. I don't normally ever put cheese on my vegetables but if the vegetables are my only lunch then I figure the cheese as protein isn't bad. <BR> <BR> I put a call into the doctor asking about labs before my doctor's appointment on Monday and they want me to do some fasting la... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:58:14 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739664 I think I'm going to have to do something about my diet. Daily diarrhea is taking its toll. I think that it is exacerbated by salads and other raw foods. This has been going on for over a month. (And yes, I'm going to the doctor on Monday.) <BR> <BR> I went to see a friend at IKEA today. It was a cool way to get our exercise while pretending that we were in nice clean rooms! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:17:59 EST Not Sure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738997 Sunday, I slept pretty much all day. I only threw up the one time on Saturday so I don't know if that was a hypoglycemic reaction that wore me out or if it was a virus. <BR> Today (Monday) I was functional. I was able to exercise and did a lot around the house. I had a doctor's appointment with the ENT and he confirmed what I suspected - I have a small sinus infection going. We're going to try and tackle it without antibiotics at first. But we are going to tackle it. I added in a small ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:30:12 EST Earth to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737547 Went to see Earth to Echo. Really liked it but got violently ill during the movie. Tried to hide it by sneaking out and getting food (thought it was due to low bloodsugar) and was partly successful because I managed to stay for the movie and didn't ruin my family's day out. Got even more violently ill in the car on the way home. Thankfully dh was there to drive. I am very wiped and my sugar appears to be out of control. The family has gone out to eat but I can't manage to get out of bed... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:25:05 EST Good, Better, Best - Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736721 Dinner is a family event. I try to cook meals that appeal to all of us and meet all of our needs and dietary restrictions. Sometimes my kids will cook too. I've taught my kids to look for recipes with lower sugar content and to include vegetables. <BR> <BR> I made dinner on Monday - chicken, carrots and apples in a teriyaki sauce. I served brown rice with it for the family but skipped the rice for myself. <BR> <BR> My 12 year old made dinner on Tuesday - shrimp scampi with a Caesar side... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:25:24 EST Good, Better, Best - Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736032 When I'm lazy my go-to lunch is some kind of leftover grabbed from the fridge. They weren't bad leftover's - usually some kind of meat/veggie stir fry that I would have with some brown rice. But for me and my diabetes the brown rice would tip me over into bad bloodsugar territory. So what was a "good" lunch was also a "bad" lunch - for me! <BR> <BR> Now that I'm trying to be more proactive, my go-to lunch is a salad with protein. This is usually a bed of mixed greens (I like the 50/50 mi... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:43:17 EST Good, Better, Best - Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735448 Pre low(er) carb, my go-to breakfast was one Eggo waffle or one Ezekiel English Muffin spread with peanut butter and two eggs. Not horrible like if I was eating a box of Krispy Kremes (love those!) but not maybe the best. I would rate it as a "good" breakfast. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm trying to focus (again) on getting my diabetes under control my breakfast is two eggs and a piece of fruit. "Better". <BR> <BR> Is it the best breakfast out there? Probably not. I'm sure if I whipped up som... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:31:18 EST Grumpy Virtuous Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735028 I ate low carb again today. The food is all food that I like. It is all healthy. It isn't extreme low carb in that I eat fruits and vegetables. I even get my 2 squares of organic dark chocolate at lunch time. But I'm grumpy. It isn't the kind of grumpy you get from not eating enough. It is the kind of grumpy you get when you need an attitude adjustment! I'm not sure why I'm being such a baby about this. Oh well. As I tell my kids, "You can make a fuss, but you still need to do it!" ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 02:24:38 EST Day 1 of Low Carb Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734496 It wasn't bad. I actually didn't eat much differently than normal. I just cut out the breads and rice. But I still want a waffle. <BR> <BR> Late in the day - a few hours after dinner - I started to feel pretty nauseated. I thought that my sugar must be low but was shocked to get a reading of 153 when I tested. Then I realized that I had forgotten to take my Metformin. So just eating low carb (for admittedly only one day!) wasn't enough to keep my sugars in check. So as much as it kill... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:10:06 EST Getting the Diabetes Under Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733782 Could you please pray that I can get my diabetes under control? I know what I need to do in terms of diet. It is really hard though when you feel terrible and are in pain, to eat 'right' because eating 'right' requires more effort. Plus, high carb things taste nice and comforting. But I have to put all that aside and just do it. <BR> <BR> So - today I'm monitoring my sugars. And it's low-carb today. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:52:48 EST Taking Stock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732802 I went shopping today. It actually was for the kids but while I was there I tried on a couple of pairs of pants. How depressing. That woman in the mirror is not me. Honestly, that was enough to make me want to spiral into depression because I cannot do any drastic thing to change my weight and feel rather helpless with the tiny baby steps I'm making in my life. <BR> <BR> But I've been telling my kids that life is about problem solving. We can't waste a lot of time feeling bad about th... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 23:13:49 EST Family Fun Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732126 We went to the science center today. It cost only about ten dollars more to get the year family membership than to just get our tickets for the day so we got the membership. I think my kids would really benefit from going often but I have to take them there - which basically is an all-day affair since we have to drive 40 minutes to just get there, plus pay for parking. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad that my husband was able to come with us. This was the main thing our 17 year old asked for his ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 19:45:19 EST Exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731626 I don't know why but I have been so terribly tired today. I slept well last night so that isn't it. My CPap is in great working order so that isn't it. I'm on the meds my sleep specialist prescribed so that isn't it. I've had three naps today. And I've only taken 895 steps today. Which is way under my 5000 step goal. But I have nothing in the tank to push with. So I'm not going to. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:05:34 EST The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730871 Today I had my next to my last physical therapy appointment. I had noticed that my therapist had seemed a bit hesitant about more therapy so I came out and asked her if she thought I should continue or not. Her feeling was that I am now working on gaining stamina and endurance and that only time and practice would help there, not more therapy sessions. <BR> <BR> I have two ways that I gauge my progress in stamina - my daily step count and the timer game. I'm at 5000 steps a day now and ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:24:47 EST Feeling the Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730179 Heat and I are not friends. Today my feet were so swollen that my 17 year old son had to put my socks and shoes on. "Your socks are too small, Mom". "No, son. My feet are too swollen." I am hurting from head to toe. <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to have a pity party so here is "what went well". <BR> <BR> 1. I thought that the chicken pot pie turnovers actually came out pretty well last night. They looked a lot better when cooked than before they were cooked! I thought it tasted good too.... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:11:28 EST Tied up in Knots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729514 I'm working my way up my body with stretches to try and get my body pain free. My entire body has been tied up in knots for years so this has not been a quick process. I've been working now with a physical therapist for five months now. My legs and lower back have gotten much better. They are still tight but at least now they aren't so tight that they are pulling my knee and hip out alignment. Now I'm working on my neck, shoulders and arms. I'm realizing that as I get tired my shoulders... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 01:59:16 EST The Timer Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728508 I have difficulty getting through my responsibilities during the day. I have chronic pain and doing the simplest chores are. . . well, a chore. So I have developed the timer game. In the timer game you put on the timer for 15 minutes. So I go work in the kitchen for 15 minutes until the timer goes off. Then I get to sit down with a book or the computer for 15 minutes. Then I go work on laundry (or the kitchen again if I wasn't done) for 15 minutes etc. Occasionally I will find 15 minu... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:09:31 EST Friday and Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728101 I was approved for two more PT sessions by the insurance company. They are approving smaller and smaller increments but they are still seeing it as medically necessary. I am trying to loosen up my neck and shoulders and my left ankle. <BR> <BR> Today my 12 year old daughter and my husband were signed up to run a 5k. At the last moment my 17 year old son decided to run too. My husband was a bit skeptical about it since our son has done no running recently and has been having asthma from... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:54:23 EST Twenty One Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726479 Today is our twenty-first wedding anniversary. I had actually forgotten until my daughter reminded me. I'm lucky that I decided to actually make a nice chicken dinner for my husband today! I've been watching "Ten Dollar Dinners" on the Food Network on the t.v they have attached to the treadmill at the Y. I saw the episode with this chicken dinner a couple of days ago and it inspired me. <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:37:05 EST 17 And Still My Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726051 Today was my son's 17th birthday. He keeps growing up! He's growing into a fine young man. (When he isn't suddenly regressing!) <BR> <BR> My left foot has been giving me stabbing pain in my toes. Both feet are constantly swollen but I don't think that is why. It's been keeping me from sleeping at night. Tonight I soaked my feet in epsom salts with a touch of tea tree oil. I also tried to gently stretch it out. It is throbbing at the moment. I got out my prescription anti-inflammator... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:14:04 EST Directing Traffic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725045 I walked on the treadmill at the Y for 30 minutes right after breakfast. Then I came home and organized tidying activities so the guys cleaning the airducts can get to the airducts. Exhaustion struck and I had to sit and direct "traffic" for my 12 year old daughter who would stop working every single time I stopped watching. I finally gave up after she started to get back at me by "misunderstanding" everything I told her to do. That said, we did get a lot done. My 16 year old son and hus... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:54:06 EST New Experiences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724511 My daughter asked me today to take her down to the little swimming beach we had checked out yesterday. Today she wanted to check it out from the water. She said it was so cold that she couldn't get her breath when she ducked her head under water. I had taken a book and was going to just read on the beach while she swam since it is a lifeguarded beach. In fact, there were 3 lifeguards for just three people swimming in the small swimming area. But, the lifeguards (teen boys) were so busy t... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:29:48 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723586 I didn't sleep well again last night and I figured out that I need to replace some things on my CPap. So this morning before church I went to my supply company's website and put in an order. <BR> <BR> Church was pretty good. I teach the kids during Junior church. My son keeps inviting his gamer friends to join us via Skype. I had two new people join us today. One was in Holland! And the other was somewhere in the SW US. They listened and had good questions and good contributions to... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:31:09 EST Saturday Highlights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723086 1. While I was out at my daughter's 5k training I saw a wren hopping along. I knew it was a wren because of how their tail tilts up instead of down. <BR> <BR> 2. At the same park during the 5k training I got a bit of a kick out of one little boy. His mom is the coach for the kids and is very athletic. So is his bigger brother. This little boy though hates to run! He was moseying along way after the rest of the group had gone ahead. He was having a grand time picking up sticks and r... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:55:48 EST Mountain Beaver! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722474 So Rocky and I were out on our evening walk and took our normal turn into the woods. We were clomping along noisily, turned a corner and there was this animal about the size of a very large guinea pig sitting about 5 feet from us busily nibbling on a blackberry vine. I had a good hold of Rocky who was quivering with delight at the sight of a late dinner sitting so close. We sat and watched him for a good minute or two. I was a bit surprised that this animal would have stayed since I figure... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:00:57 EST I'm Here - Stomping ANTs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721716 I haven't left Sparkpeople. I still log on every day. I haven't done my daily blog for a whole week though. The main reason is that I haven't had energy to say anything and I don't want to whine. For some reason upping my steps from 4500 steps a day to 5000 has left me with very little energy to do anything else. I'm keeping up my step count because I think I need the steps but even my husband asked me last night if I shouldn't cut back down since I'm so wiped out. I'll discuss it with ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:54:40 EST Thurday's Hodge-Podge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716909 I'm still bone tired but I'm trying to rest as I can. With two busy teens that is easier said that done sometimes. I have been too tired to watch t.v. the last couple of nights. I'm hoping that might help me sleep better anyway. I did get 8 hours of sleep last night - not continuously but close enough. <BR> <BR> Today we got to the Y for our exercise in the morning. Going to the Y to walk on the treadmill has made it possible to then get my 5000 (or more) steps by the end of the night e... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:19:35 EST Too Tired Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716186 I only got 5 and a half hours of sleep last night. I wanted more! But as it just so happened, my husband had a low blood sugar episode at 5:30 in the morning and I could not get back to sleep even though he went back to sleep just fine. No one's fault of course, but not what I needed when I was already so tired. <BR> <BR> Today was a busy day. My son was doing a five hour First Aid/CPR certification and needed to be driven into the big city. Because traffic is so terribly bad (4th worst... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:32:46 EST Too Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715401 I'm trying to keep it going but it isn't working. Today we had errands. It took me 2 hours just to get the vehicle license tabs because they kept sending me from one office to another. I was so tired after all that. We did get the basics done but nothing else. I did not walk today other than the walking I did for errands. I did not make my step goal. I did nap some in the afternoon but I have such burning pain when I sleep that it isn't exactly refreshing. My son has a class all after... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:09:58 EST Maniacal Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714465 Today was the first day on our Saturday schedule. Exercise at the Y went well. Then somehow work that should have only taken 15 minutes took an hour and I didn't have time to get my husband's stuff together for work and so he was stressed and aaaaaugh! We totally ditched one plan and I've put off some others to another day. And now I am not only exhausted but have a sore throat. And I have nothing planned for dinner and no energy to think of something healthy. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:58:24 EST Summer Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713836 Tomorrow the kids and I start our summer schedule. We're going to start with exercise at the Y for 30 minutes every morning after breakfast. Then we will put in an hour of "summer school" to keep skills sharp. We also have some organizing and landscaping goals for the summer. I've built some down time in there too. Honestly, the downtime is more for me than the kids - I just have such limited stamina. But if I overschedule then my whole world is going to come tumbling down. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 01:12:26 EST My Insurance Company Rocks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712173 My insurance company has approved PT for me through the end of July. Then I will have used up my year's allowance. Everyone I talk to, including my PT, is amazed that they've allowed me to have five straight months of physical therapy, all doled out in 6 visit chunks! It really does help even though I still get flares and am in one now. I go to PT in about twenty minutes and I'm happy to do so. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 14:32:26 EST Life Called on Account of Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711569 My husband decided to eat out and then go in early to work. Smart man! (And his ducking out early actually relieved some stress for me because then I didn't have to run around like a chicken without it's head trying to get dinner ready and a packed "lunch" before he had to go out the door!) <BR> <BR> We had a half day of school today. Then we had a family meeting and the kids and I cleaned the house. I bribed the kids with the promise of a trip to the frozen yogurt place. We got a lot... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:19:29 EST Dd's 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708865 This blog is a bit late since she actually ran the 5K a couple of weeks ago. But life is so busy that I'm only getting around to to blogging about it now. This was the second 5k that I've watched and it was interesting to me to see what things were the same and what things were different. For one thing, this one was a lot bigger so there were a lot more booths and freebies for the runners set up around the finish line. <BR> <BR> My involvement was to drive my 12 year old to the park, he... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:32:36 EST Random Acts of Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707099 Life has been a combination of too busy and the same-old, same-old. <BR> <BR> The same-old is that I have routines that I do every single day. Every day I take my Metformin. How much I test my bloodsugar varies - I've cut down considerably now that I basically know what the numbers will be with certain meals. I get in my steps (4500 steps a day currently) every single day. I think we'll keep it at this level for one more week. I've been hard pressed on a few days to get those numbers ... Fri, 30 May 2014 21:45:44 EST Busy, Busy, Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703467 Every day I try to make good decisions. Some days I do better than others. This is directly proportional to how busy I am. And it sure has been busy around here! <BR> <BR> It has been pretty much a non-stop month. These are not things I can put off. They are things like allergy shots for my son and government or college required testing. This week we have allergy shots 2x, a doctor's appointment, required achievement testing, SAT test prep for next week's SATs, my physical therapy and ... Mon, 26 May 2014 11:13:32 EST Defy Your Limitations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702256 One of today's motivational quotes said "Know your limitations and then defy them". Nope. Not going to do that. I've been working long and hard at learning to stay within my limits. Sure, I"m hoping that my limitations will grow less as I improve in my strength and stamina. But with the help of my physical therapist I'm learning to stop when my body FIRST tells me to stop. And I'm learning to only progress once I've been at a comfortable level for a little bit. I've come a long way.... Sat, 24 May 2014 16:37:28 EST Sluggish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700153 I slept well last night. I am not really in pain today. My muscles are fairly loose with no cramping. But I'm generally achy and feel sluggish and like I'm wading through molasses. I really hate this feeling. I'm making myself do my to-do list anyway. I hope that I can get another good night's sleep and might feel better. Wed, 21 May 2014 16:26:53 EST Hiking Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699637 Tonight the logistics of getting to kids to the Y at the right times made me decide to take Rocky with us and to take him on the Y hiking trail. As soon as I had walked about ten steps down the trail I went "uh-oh". It was steep! I don't really enjoy going on steep downhills that make feel scared that my feet are going to start slipping out from under me. But some people do run down this trail so maybe I'm just a wimp! There were a lot of switchbacks and we made it down the steepest par... Wed, 21 May 2014 00:19:56 EST Rocky Naggy-Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698809 Ignoring the fact that Rocky doesn't even wear pants, this dog is a nag! 7 pm comes along and there he is, looking all happy and hopeful at the same time. And if I don't get up off of my bottom, he starts prancing around going between me and the door. I mean, could he get any more obvious?! <BR> <BR> From an exercise and beauty standpoint, I like my new walking route. But I'm having some second thoughts about the woods. Every single time we've gone through there we've run into unleashed... Mon, 19 May 2014 23:08:05 EST 4500 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697865 Today my son and I up our daily step goal to 4500 steps. Sun, 18 May 2014 19:50:06 EST Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697308 Wow, I reached my step goal by 10:30 this morning! I took Rocky and my daughter again this morning to 5k training. Rocky and I went on to the dog park for a doggy romp. Then we walked on the trail where I was able to walk farther than I have before. It is so pretty on the trail - big leafy trees on one side and a rushing river on the other. There were a lot of bicyclists out today - I counted four groups go by, each with fifteen or more bicyclists in the group. I met my daughter running... Sat, 17 May 2014 22:24:07 EST New Stomping Grounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696694 I'm having to abandon my old walking route with Rocky since Mosquito Woods are (predictably) starting to become filled with mosquitoes. My new route is about 700 steps more than the old one which coincides very nicely with my new step goal that will start on Sunday. New new step goal is only 500 steps more than now but a cushion of 200 steps is nice for those days when I haven't gotten in many steps before evening. <BR> <BR> My new route also goes through woods but doesn't have the board... Fri, 16 May 2014 22:50:30 EST