JLDACQ's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JLDACQ JLDACQ'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/ Day 5 - Post-Arthur and still no power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735433 I'm on a bit of a rant today. And it's not directed at the linesmen/women and tree cutting crews, but rather the upper crust of the corporation. <BR> <BR> It's Day 5 since I've had no power. No one other than an assessor has been on our main road, never mind my dirt road. I now drive in fear all the way to work and back home, because the trees are still hanging over so many power lines. <BR> <BR> It's not the power I'm worried about, since there is none going to those lines, but the fa... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:57:19 EST "Tropical Storm" (aka a hurricane!!) Arthur http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734591 For those of you wondering, My Gal & I are ok, as are house, garage & both vehicles. So far. <BR> <BR> The storm started in the early hours of Saturday morning, while we were still on vacation in PEI. We opted to end our vacation early, so we could be home and keep assessing damages as they happen. On the last third of our trip home, it was raining sideways, and by the time we got to the edge of the city, we doubted we could even make it to the house, there were so many trees down. <BR> ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:28:40 EST Sky -- 1998-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705883 This morning, Sky crossed the Rainbow Bridge. For the last 3 weeks or so, she hadn’t been eating very much, and it was difficult to coax her into eating even her favourite foods. At first, I thought it was her regular Spring Fasting, something she did every spring, to help shed her winter weight. That usually lasted 3-4 days, but after those days passed, I knew something wasn’t right. Last Friday, I decided to call the vet, and I brought Sky in on Tuesday to see what was wrong. She was l... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:37:13 EST So much for chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678511 I've been struggling for quite some time since My Guy passed with getting my eating patterns under control again, and using the self-discipline I've taught myself over the years. I know it's emotional eating, and this isn't new; I've been an emotional eater for a very, very long time. <BR> <BR> My preferred comfort food is chocolate. <BR> <BR> Last winter, I noticed I was having problems with my blood sugar in the mornings, and after a little research, I discovered that I can't digest cow'... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:57:12 EST The Snow Rake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584268 The more I stay in our house, the more I discover things that need to be done, that can be done, and that there's an easier way to do it than My Guy used to do. <BR> <BR> Enter The Snow Rake. <BR> <BR> Last week, I bought a snow rake. I knew it wouldn't reach the very top of the house, but at least it would help. Yesterday, the raking started. <BR> <BR> The roof isn't very slanted, and there was so much snow on the roof that My Gal & I had to team up to get just the house done. She clim... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:14:57 EST This is how I feel today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580891 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l76530784.jpg"> <BR> <BR> :-D Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:55:41 EST The First Anniversary of Being Without My Guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511787 So much has happened in the last 12 months. One thing that really stood out is that I found out who my friends were. And who was really My Guy's friends. <BR> <BR> Today was ok, overall. I spent the day home yesterday, and it was much harder than today. Early this evening, My Gal & I decided to clean up the back yard a little bit and burn some tree tops & brush, with a little help with gas. When she lit the first gas bomb (it was small, really), there was a WOOFF! as it caught fire, lea... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 20:01:02 EST Sucking Wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493804 Since August, it feels like my eating plan has been on vacation. Sure, I put on 5lbs during the month, but I was ok with that, because I was working on melting it off in September. Then 2 weekends ago, just as I was gearing up to lose those 5lbs, I hurt my knee badly enough that Doc told me no heavy workouts for at least 2 weeks. A little later today, I see my family Doc to get her to look at it and follow up with her. <BR> <BR> But I'm on Naproxen in the meantime, and that makes me retai... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:14:58 EST A New 'Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489412 It's been several years since I've wanted to get a short hair style, but every time I've wanted to go, I didn't know what to tell the stylist. And I certainly didn't want to leave it to chance. <BR> <BR> Last Saturday, My Gal & I finally went to get our hair cut. She had been growing hers out since 2002, and was more than ready for a change. Her hair was much longer than mine, and she donated her ponytail to Locks of Love ( <link>locksoflove.org </link> ); we'll be mailing out later this... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:10:13 EST Gone Muddin' (or "One Day Closer to Healing") http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390783 I've talked about mudding just past our driveway, that it was so much fun, rippin' thru the big puddles and screaming my head off. And that I wouldn't be doing it anytime soon because I wouldn't drive the truck through that kind of water. <BR> <BR> I had mentioned it to My Gal a while back, and about a month ago, we went out for a rip out the logging trails, so she could get used to the road, but we had to stop at the first large puddle we saw, because she was unsure of the depth, and I did... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:20:58 EST My Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373549 Earlier this week, I did a presentation at work on my weight loss journey. I was hoping to record it, but network issues with the recording software for online meetings messed up the recording. Instead, I've decided to post the written portion of my presentation here. The presentation went well, it was well received, and I even had pictures from my gallery in the presentation. Next time I'm asked to do this presentation again, I'll be sure to get it recorded properly. :-D <BR> <BR> "Wha... Fri, 31 May 2013 10:53:04 EST Easter Weekend 2013 (my never-normal life) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308919 Some holidays are easier to handle than others, and Easter is one of those. I'm happy about that, especially about not weeping during a whole weekend. <BR> <BR> Friday was nice & tame, no big things going on, just enjoyed the sunshine and the downtime. Saturday was a little busier with a couple trips to the city, and a late night as well. Sunday, I spent most of it alone, but that was planned, albeit near the last minute. In-laws didn't call at all, which didn't surprise me; I opted not ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 13:11:02 EST Trying to get comfortable with this notion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302184 Remember I mentioned that FWB & I are dating? It's going great, by the way. <BR> <BR> And before I go any further, you need to know that I am not your normal, average person, sexually. Never was, never will be. <BR> <BR> The big part that I didn't mention is the gender of the FWB. And it's not a man. <BR> <BR> I've known for a long time that I'm bi, but I had never really had an opportunity to find out until My Guy came along. Several years ago, we had tried a poly-amorous relationship... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:22:07 EST Today is a better day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294636 So not all my days suck, and sometimes I'll even post about them. :-D <BR> <BR> I stayed home yesterday, and my FWB showed up Tuesday evening. We spent the snow day together, which was a lot of fun. I needed that kind of fun. I thought a lot about the guilt, and another friend said some words that made me rethink my guilty feelings. He said that My Guy never wanted me to be sad, nor guilty, for enjoying life. It took a couple hours to wrap my brain around that, but it made sense. It's... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 07:52:39 EST Sometimes I actually have good days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292233 Somedays I actually have good days. Today is, again, not one of them. <BR> <BR> There's a lot going on, it seems, in my life right now. <BR> <BR> Last Friday would have been our anniversary, and through a series of coincidences, I heard our song over a tv video. I thought I would draw blood from my lip, as I bit it, trying to keep it together. <BR> <BR> Mom put the house up for sale, she has said she's not going to buy out Dad's half, and she can't maintain the house on her own. I vis... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:27:10 EST Not one of my better days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240556 There are things that I do out of defiance of healthy living, bingeing is one of them. <BR> <BR> And then there are the ones that I do just because I'm not paying attention. Which usually results in what happened today. <BR> <BR> I had company over this past weekend, and last week, I worked hard to get the house clean. Then Saturday night was a late night, and from Saturday to Monday, there was a family issue that kept my stress levels up a bit. Monday night was GriefShare, and although ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:32:49 EST Updates for early January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205583 One of these days, I'm going to use the video blog option, it would be so much faster. <BR> <BR> I bought the '06 Nissan XTerra, tires & rims tomorrow, along with insurance. I should be driving it by Thursday. <BR> <BR> Funeral bill is paid off. <BR> <BR> Bought a snow blower today. Delivery & setup & hands-on instructions later in the week. <BR> <BR> I've done more yardwork in the last month then I've done in the last year, I'm sure. It's hard not to feel overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> Signe... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:57:22 EST New, slightly used, or private sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162118 I have to buy a newer vehicle soon, the Pathfinder's inspection is due in March, and unless I throw a couple grand at it, it won't pass inspection again. <BR> <BR> I'm in a position where I could, if I wanted to, buy a brand new vehicle, right off the lot. It's a lot of money, but the vehicle would be expected to last me 8-10 years, and that's assuming I don't void the warranty. <BR> <BR> I could also buy a slightly used one, again from a dealership. Same deal as above, but it would only ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:01:40 EST I'm getting there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159069 So with the holiday season just around the corner, I'm working on my Christmas plans. I have booked off from Dec 21-Jan 6 inclusive, and I'm leaving myself the option to come back to work early if I get shack-whacky. <BR> <BR> I've thought about skipping Christmas this year, but I like the holiday and its spirit too much to forgo that this year. <BR> <BR> As for food, well, the appetite is back. Dammit. I'm still not able to work out more than 30 mins per session, but I'm working on that... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:18:34 EST My Guy's Tribute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137586 Tal is the type of person that people liked…just because. <BR> As I met with his many friends, I heard many stories of how he touched their lives. It was so heart-warming and comforting to me to have confirmed what I already knew: Tal was a pretty cool guy! <BR> <BR> I could hear laughter during the visitations yesterday; roaring laughter, at times, from both old and newer friends. And I heard a few stories where his quick reflexes and quicker mind saved a few people’s lives. Some I had hea... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:19:12 EST It's still hard to be without him http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118834 Since my last blog, things have developed quite a bit. <BR> <BR> I now have a lawyer, to protect what is now mine. Deed is being updated today or tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The Ex will need to prove that anything she wants for the (grown) kids did not come from marital funds. <BR> <BR> I have deadbolts on the house and the garage. <BR> <BR> The Pathfinder needs some serious work, but I need a few months of driving it before I can get a loan for another vehicle. And I will need a 4WD or AWD veh... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:08:46 EST Keeping busy doesn't help, it seems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104738 I have a list of phone numbers I have to call, in order to handle issues with the estate. I don't really want to call any of them, but there is one I have to call today, to see if I qualify for a one-time payout from a provincial department to help cover his funeral costs. <BR> <BR> Step-Son texted me last night, he wants to talk. I'm not looking forward to this one at all, but it has to be done soon. <BR> <BR> Tal's shop called, they want me to come in today for a short visit. They have... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:47:09 EST And now the healing begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102123 I miss him so much. I've gone into his favourite room of the house several times each day, just to see his things, smell the last clothes he wore, and just remember what life was like with him. <BR> <BR> The memorial was nice. I heard many tell me it was beautiful, and that the tribute I wrote that the reverend read for me made many people choke up and weep. His ex also had some words to say, and although she's not my favourite person, I will give her credit for not going over any lines. ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 06:21:24 EST My best friend, my lover, my everything... Talbot, I will always love you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097887 My friend, my lover, my everything... Talbot, I know you loved me as much as I love you. And always will. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.yorkfh.com/sitemaker/sites/YORKF<BR>U1/obit.cgi?user=763332Anderson </link> <BR> <BR> We have awesome friends... look at what Kate did for us. <BR> <link>http://www.stuffmadeincanada.com/mem<BR>orial.html </link> <BR> <BR> Many of your friends from Barkers Point now know you were taken suddenly from my life. All our friends that we visited often also kno... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 19:44:07 EST It's not that I *can't* eat corn..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064618 Ok, it's time to suck it up and go back to what actually works. <BR> <BR> Evening snacks are the time of day when I top up my protein for the day, make sure I get the last of the carbs, and somehow stay clear of fats. Before this spring came along, it consisted of berries or fruit, granola cereal or whole grain cookies, and some Greek yogurt. Satisfying, crunchy, and at that time of day, guilt-free. <BR> <BR> This spring, when My Guy was looking for a better snack option for his evening s... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:45:56 EST I will NOT quit pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056248 So I'm browsing around my SparkPeeps' pages, and one of them posted this. I like it. And I believe it. <BR> <BR> Will you? <BR> <BR> "Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other pe... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:00:46 EST Going to try this notion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053964 I've been doing food combining eating plans for so long, that it's still hard for me to eat something as simple as a cold cut sandwich with full-fat cheese & margarine. While on my Acadian Festival trip with Mom, who is pre-diabetic, told me her dietician told her to eat some protein with her fruit, especially if she needed the sugar to go a long way. <BR> <BR> Finding a low/no fat protein is HARD!! <BR> <BR> Then I remembered she kept a lot of Laughing Cow light cheese in the fridge. I ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:15:27 EST Of Festivals, End of Summer and Overall Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051265 This past Labour Day weekend, Mom & I visited Prince Edward Island (the home of Anne of Green Gables), for an Acadian Festival in Mom’s home village. Just like any down-home type of gathering, there was food. And I mean food. And REALLY good food. :-D <BR> <BR> I got my poutine rapee. It looks like a dirty snowball made of grated & mashed potatoes that surround a salty pork/ham ball in the centre, and then simmered in pork brine for hours. If they’re made right, they won’t explode whil... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 16:31:58 EST The Meatatarian enjoyed Veggie Patties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025294 Tonight is Pancake Night for supper, and for the last few months, I've been trying to find a tasty protein to go with it. I thought about chicken or turkey sausages, but I knew they'd take too long to cook for supper tonight. <BR> <BR> I strolled down the veggie burger aisle, and found Yves Veggie Breakfast Patties. Nutritionals look good, no cholesterol (vegan food rarely does), and really low in fat & calories, although I wish the sodium content was just a bit lower. <BR> <BR> Now, how ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:23:48 EST My birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018432 I don't usually brag about my birthday, although it's what my inner voice loves to do. Today is my birthday, and so far, it was a pretty good one. <BR> <BR> I had lobster. <BR> <BR> I had pizza. <BR> <BR> I had amazing sex. <BR> <BR> I'm still on vacation. <BR> <BR> I have an awesome life, surrounded by awesome people. <BR> <BR> Today is a good day to have a birthday. <BR> <BR> :-) Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:34:03 EST I think I'm ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008864 Blueberrries - 2 x 100g bags - Check! <BR> Cherries -3 x 15 pieces - Check! <BR> Apples - 2 fresh - Check! <BR> Skim milk - 1L - Check! <BR> Pineapple - 1 large container + 2 fruitcups - Check! <BR> Strawberry Shortcake - 2 yogurts, 2 small angel food cakes, 1 container strawberries - Check! <BR> Cheese - 2x 4oz bags - Check! <BR> Pork chops - 2x 100g - Check! (but I'm not trimming that fat! :-P) <BR> Burgers - 4x extra lean beef patties - Check! <BR> Water - 48 x500ml bottles - Check! <BR> ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 21:44:26 EST Overtraining. Me. Really?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008090 Yesterday, I pulled an oblique muscle. I knew it wasn't the lower back, the glute or sciatica, just by how it felt, and what I do that makes it hurt. <BR> <BR> Earlier this month, I had a charlie horse in one leg, and the other leg keeps threatening to do the same. <BR> <BR> My shoulders have been quite sore during July, and I chalked that up to learning how to do real pushups on the floor (not the wall). <BR> <BR> *sigh* Really?? did I really have to do this just before my vacation? ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:50:15 EST Geez, I can't stand "Hopeless Mondays" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992690 I'm trying not to whine, really. But today, I feel like I should turn around and just go home. <BR> <BR> Not that I think it would help, but at least I wouldn't be around people today. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> 1) I started TOM. I'm disappointed, because I only had another 5 months to go to be officially in menopause. If you're wondering, I'm looking very forward to the 1-year mark of not having any periods. I'm bloated, and the moodiness is just below the surface. Midol can only do ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 08:23:36 EST Where was this site when I needed it? :-D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963430 I finally decided to try one of the apricots I bought last week at groceries. I have a 3-lb basket worth of them, and I was hoping I would like them enough to try them for the rest of the week. So far, I'm right. :-D <BR> <BR> Then I wondered.... how many apricots in a serving of fruit? <BR> <BR> I love Google. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Port<BR>ionsizes.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> I could've used this site AGES ago!! It's not exhaustive for details, but it does gi... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:00:08 EST A Sunday morning check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960206 *yawn* *stretch* *sluuuuuuurp!* Ahhh.... <BR> <BR> Thought I'd post this morning, since I have a moment of peace while Someone Else uses the big lawn mower. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was fun, way over on foods, but he cooked, so I will not complain. <BR> <BR> Dorlene's in the mall is closing out, so before most of the good stock was gone, I popped in on Thursday and bought some pieces. The capris were black or white, the tops have a mostly reddish theme to them, some are for this fall, others... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 08:38:55 EST HELP! Need a better flavour idea than Dill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934862 So I got talked into cooking salmon tonight for supper. It's not that I don't like salmon, but I don't love it. I've always had a hard time cooking it so it's moist, but actually cooked all the way through. Steak & pork chops and chicken I've got figured out, but fish -- that's still a mystery to me most of the time. <BR> <BR> I'm going to put it in a foil packet so we can cook it on the BBQ tonight, since it's stinkin' hot, and I mean STINKIN' HOT today for mid-June. And I need some her... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:08:37 EST New Brunswick and Nova Scotia SparkRally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923438 On June 23rd, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (Canadian provinces) will host our first SparkRally! <BR> <BR> In Halifax, it will be held at The Prospect Road Community Centre starting at 11am. INSH8P(Gail) is the contact person, and you can look forward to introductions to Yoga. There is NO CHARGE for this event! Wrap-up will be around 2pm, but optional offsite sessions for SparkPeople members, if desired, will be held at Peggy's Cove and Finer Diner restaurant. <BR> <BR> In Fredericton, it... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:25:04 EST 14's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885698 It's official: I finally fit into size 14's. I bought my first pair of size 14 pants today, the first ones in about 30 years. Really. <BR> <BR> That makes 135 lbs off and 12 dress sizes down. <BR> <BR> AND the pants were on sale!! <BR> <BR> Yay me. *grins* Thu, 17 May 2012 12:11:59 EST SparkRally in Atlantic Canada is ON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880548 Calling all Atlantic Canadians! <BR> <BR> We will be holding a SparkRally on June 23! We're still planning the finer details, and we're trying hard to keep it FREE! <BR> <BR> Mark your calendar, this is the first SparkRally in this area! <BR> <BR> There are planned events in Fredericton and Halifax, and it looks like St. John's will have things ready too. We're still looking for someone from PEI to help organize events over there. <BR> <BR> If you're able to help with the organizing, pl... Mon, 14 May 2012 09:49:11 EST Planning a SparkRally in Atlantic Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867594 Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> So I'm going to try planning a SparkRally in Atlantic Canada for soon, and for those of you here, I'm wondering which Saturday would work best for you. My options at the moment are: <BR> <BR> May 26 <BR> June 2 <BR> June 23 <BR> July 7 <BR> July 14 <BR> <BR> And here's what I'm thinking for the rally: <BR> <BR> Each province will have a gathering city of their choice, and if there are many who can't make it from one city to the gathering one, we can definitely hav... Sat, 5 May 2012 12:03:43 EST Compliments I have received today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822009 Sometimes, it's not what I look like on the outside that people notice, it's what's on the inside, what I do for people, or how I help others. <BR> <BR> Today, like most Thursdays since March, I emailed the couponing group at work, highlighting the sales from the 3 major retailers in the same centre as we are. These are simply highlights, I don't re-hash the entire flyers, just the really good stuff. We're a small group, and we're not all in IT, some are in Payroll, so I have a variety of ... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 14:21:19 EST 3 Years on Spark.... already?! Really?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806911 I knew my 3 year Sparkversary was coming up, and during the last week, I had been checking to see if I could nab the trophy for 3 years to post on my page. The trophy became available today. :-D <BR> <BR> So you're probably wondering what I've learned in 3 years while on Spark. A bunch. :-D Seriously, though, there has been so much I've learned through Spark that summarizing it in 20 minutes isn't going to be possible. But I can give you some highlights. <BR> <BR> In 3 years on Spark,... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:59:38 EST One more thing I learned while on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798493 I had company this weekend, and sweets were brought over. One person brought cheesecake, and for some really odd reason, it didn't get eaten that night, so it stayed in my fridge. <BR> <BR> And then I took the next 3 days to eat it all myself. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> No more full cheesecakes in my house. I can't deal with it and stay on The Plan at the same time. <BR> <BR> *sigh* Bummer. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:48:27 EST This is what I feel like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787637 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185122393.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week, one of my co-workers didn't like what I had to say in an email, and he decided to call me up and express his discontentment. Except he yelled at me on the phone. I tried to remain calm, even spoke softly in reply while I told him the why's & who's of the topic. And he kept yelling at me. <BR> <BR> So I told him to stop yelling at me and I hung up on him. And then I went for a walk right away, becaus... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:06:44 EST Is this a good sign? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4775848 Earlier this week, I found myself in a department store, looking for the tax software that I usually use. They didn't have it in that store, but since I was in the electronics department, I thought I would go look for the new SparkPeople workout DVD. They didn't have it either, which didn't surprise me, but what I did find was a large bin of workout DVD's, all for $5 apiece. <BR> <BR> So I sifted through them, while killing some time, looking for specific titles. Ooh, I like that one! Ge... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 15:02:37 EST I'm gonna eat the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763595 To borrow an expression from KiYoshi04 that fits the mood well, I'm gonna eat the world. Don't quite know what's going on, but I have the empty pit in stomach feeling today. It didn't help that there's a big bag of buttery popcorn, 2 bags of Bits & Bites and a bag of potato chips in the office today. I've tried warm liquids, cold liquids, I've already reached 8 glasses of water today, had 2 pieces of fruit, my salad at lunch, lots of protein for breakfast.... <BR> <BR> But if I even smel... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:22:31 EST Day 10 and a peek into how my brain thinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731921 Daytime smoke is hanging in there. I'm still croaking throughout the day at the office, but I don't like the cold temps, so stepping out for a puff is a good deterrent. <BR> <BR> At least until I get home. <BR> <BR> Last night, My Guy "found" 3 smokes in the house. The stinker, he's been hoarding them! One of the guys at his shop bought him some Cuban cigarettes last February, and they're just now making an appearance. There are less than 2 packs of those left, and lemme tell ya, they a... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 08:29:49 EST Day 9 .... um, yeah.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730782 So I had my smoke yesterday afternoon, and I was all set to not have any last night.... till My Guy decided he really wanted one, and couldn't we just share one? *sigh* There's none home, Sweetheart. His reply was a cheeky grin, and a finger pointing to the garage. The little sneak had hidden some in there. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> So we shared 2 smokes together. <BR> <BR> Any smokes I have, I'll have to keep them at work, so he can't find them and tempt me. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure h... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 14:12:42 EST Day 8 and I'm hopeful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4729191 Picking up where I left off yesterday, my last smoke then was before I wrote the blog. Today's first (and only) cigarette was around 1:30 today. <BR> <BR> I croaked most of the morning, and stared at the Nicorette gum. Why I didn't use the gum, I'll never know. No, that's not true, it's because I suspect it will taste minty, and I don't like mint. <BR> <BR> Now don't look at me like that! I really don't like mint. Never did. <BR> <BR> Which really doesn't explain why I only smoked met... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:24:33 EST Day 7 and getting a little better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727230 Monday, I decided to slow down the afternoon smokes, and the last one I had yesterday was around 2:30pm. I was ok, a little edgy, but ok. <BR> <BR> I had my next smoke this morning around 11:30am. <BR> <BR> And then one more about 10 mintues ago. <BR> <BR> I'm going to not have any more this afternoon, and none tonight. My goal is to do at least as well as I'm doing today. <BR> <BR> I don't feel quite as blah today, which is helping. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 13:41:12 EST