JLPEASE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JLPEASE JLPEASE'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/ Hot Diaper Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759646 First thing this morning I woke up and thought, "Yay, TGIF". Then I realized it was only Thursday. Boo!! <BR> <BR> It's been a tough few weeks at work. Lots of people have left, so we are all scrambling to get everything done and classes start in a couple of weeks. It sure didn't feel like summer. I didn't take a vacation per se because my husband is having both knees replaced in late October and we hope to get out to CA to see my baby granddaughter before his surgery -- oh and we'll se... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:55:33 EST My New Best Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751060 I am probably the poster middle-aged adult for mindless eating. Yes, I have read Brian Wansink's book and many others on this topic, but I still do it anyway. <BR> <BR> I have a desk job. I sit on my butt all day long working on my computer, except when I have meetings. On my lunch hour, I usually do my Sparking. I have no window in my office so I don't see what the weather is like. This is not necessarily a bad thing when you live in Syracuse, NY -- sometimes it's better not to know. ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:22:05 EST What's WRONG with me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715820 I have been feeling kind of lost lately. I don't know why -- I have a lot of nice things in my life, including a beautiful new granddaughter, but still I can't seem to shake this funk I'm in. <BR> <BR> I don't feel well, but I don't want to go to the doctor because I am going to feel embarrassed that I have gained so much weight. I know I would feel so much better if I wasn't carrying around all this extra baggage, but I guess it just seems too overwhelming. I am not a stupid person, and ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:39:38 EST Enjoying the Little Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682441 Not too much is new, except that I look forward to my almost daily photo of my new granddaughter, Ava. Seeing her tiny face just makes me think that everything in the world is OK. Even though we live on the other side of the country, I feel like I can almost reach out and squeeze her! Sometimes I'll just feel like I need an Ava "fix" and I'll text my son asking for a photo and he sends one on demand. Not as good as being there, but not too bad! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:23:52 EST Downs and Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675216 I have been Sparking on and off for the last few months, but not blogging. I have so much going on in my head that I can't process anything. I know writing things down helps me organize my thoughts, so here goes. <BR> <BR> DOWN <BR> My dad passed away on September 10 of last year and there was a whirlwind of activity after that. My mom found a place she liked and so she put the house on the market. January is not the best time to try to sell a house, but we had 3 offers almost immediatel... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:40:47 EST Most Expensive Holiday Ever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584263 This Christmas was a disaster, but so much so that it is kind of funny. The "highlights": <BR> <BR> 1) Driving to my mom's house on the December 20 and stopped at the grocery store on my way out of town to get a couple of things. Got back in the car... wouldn't start. My husband came and jump started the car and he followed me to a NAPA store where they replaced the battery (Cost: $103 + $20 tip for installing the battery). <BR> <BR> 2) Driving on the NYS Thruway eating a tuna fish sand... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:13:51 EST Get Rich Quick... Count Your Blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550714 I go by a church every day on my way to/from work and they have these catchy sayings on their sign outside. The one that I stole for my blog title really pretty much says it all. <BR> <BR> I'm on my way to my mom's house, hopefully tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be terrible for driving, so we'll see how it goes. This will be the first holiday without my Dad, so it will be rough on all of us, but most especially my mom. <BR> <BR> I am going to stay for a few extra days and take my... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:10:39 EST You're not that important -- what a relief!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544245 I used to worry constantly about what other people thought of me and lived in fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. It was really debilitating, especially when I was in school. I still have to fight that battle much of the time, and even the simplest decisions can paralyze me sometimes because I get lost in thinking about what XX would do. But every once in a while something just "clicks". <BR> <BR> I remember hearing a talk someplace a long time ago and one of the things the speaker... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:27:16 EST Out of Touch for a Bit -- Miss You Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487375 I have been unable to Spark for a while because I was at my parents' house for a couple of weeks and they have zero internet/cable/cell phone accessibility. <BR> <BR> I was helping my mom take care of my dad and unfortunately he passed away last Tuesday. I am still in shock over it. He collapsed at home and when he got to the ER, mom and dad were told that he had cancer in both lungs and the bladder and there was nothing they could do for him. We got Hospice right away and they were so w... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:04:26 EST Oops, confession time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299357 Wow, I didn't realize I hadn't posted anything for over a month. There is actually a good reason for that. I need to come clean so here it is. I am pretty much starting over from day 1. I finally decided to just start over with a clean slate. It seems like every time I lose weight I end up weighing more than when I started. I haven't reached that point yet, but I thought I better get my act together before I do. <BR> <BR> I do not have a good relationship with food. No kidding, right?... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:13:02 EST Burial Delayed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246286 We were supposed to go to Connecticut for my father-in-law's burial on Saturday. Well, obviously Nemo thought differently, so we have postponed it until next Saturday. With my father-in-law's great appreciation for the absurd, we were all pretty sure he was laughing at us and giving us one last "gotcha!" <BR> <BR> Instead, 6 of us went out for dinner on Friday. (There also might have been adult beverages involved.) We swapped some stories, mostly hilarious. It think it was really helpful... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:56:57 EST R.I.P. Lee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236254 I blogged a few days ago about being in a downward spiral due to family and friend issues. <BR> <BR> Well, this one I didn't anticipate, although I probably should have. My father-in-law passed away Friday morning. He had been in and out of the hospital a few times in the past few weeks and had dementia, but he was such a jovial person. He was 86 years young. Anyway, several years ago before his dementia got bad he had some health problems and he said, "Well, I've had a great run. I'v... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:21:57 EST In the dumps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231772 Things have been on a downward spiral for a few weeks and I've been trying to deal with it, but I thought if I wrote some of this down in an organized way it might help me work through things. <BR> <BR> First, I found out last Tuesday that my dad has bladder cancer. He's had a couple of other bouts with cancer over the years, but this may be "the one". He is 85 and his options are limited because he's maxed out on radiation and he also is having kidney problems. It sounds selfish, but thi... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:28:40 EST First Professional Manicure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190132 Back last February I blogged about doing a Spark Streak for helping me stop biting/picking my nails. I promised myself a professional manicure if I could do it. Well, I declared victory a while ago, but my husband gave me two manicure gift certificates for Christmas last year and I finally got one during my vacation from work! I am so excited. I know for many people these are commonplace, but this was a first for me and as a lifelong nail biter I never ever thought I would be able to do t... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:56:12 EST Christmas Trip!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182989 My husband and I just got back from a fabulous trip to Southern California to see our elder son, who lives near Irvine. We had a blast there! I had been out to visit my son a few years ago, but it was my husband's first trip to CA so we did all the touristy things like go to Hollywood and all that. I even went to the gym with my son! We also had some nice walks on the beach and some totally awesome food. Honestly, the produce they have here is incredible. So fresh and tasty!! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:47:20 EST Plea Bargain!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147628 Jury duty is over. There were three trials starting today and I was up for the last one. But.... a plea bargain -- yay!!! My group was excused at about noon so I was able to get to work in plenty of time to do the class I was so worried about. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I don't know what is wrong with me that I get so stressed out over these things and everything almost always works out fine. This is a real problem for me and I know better. I really need to work on just letting stuff go. <BR... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:00:48 EST Jury Duty!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146157 I got a summons for jury duty. My number was pretty high, so I was hoping that I would at least get excused for Monday. No such luck! <BR> <BR> I don't mind doing my civic duty at all and I've done it twice before, but I am supposed to be a guest speaker for a class on Monday and I am so worried that I won't be able to get there or whether I'm going to find a place to park for the class and for jury duty downtown, whether they are going to take my cell phone away so I won't be able to co... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:41:56 EST SparkPeople Radio!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126050 I just tuned into SparkPeople Radio. It's really cool! I can listen to it while I do my other SparkPeople activities. Great way to multitask, plus I am sure more good stuff is seeping into my brain through osmosis. <BR> <BR> I have been a little angst-y (is that a real word?) over the last few weeks. I just went through a period of not caring that much... I don't know why. I am hoping that it was my one step back in preparation for the two steps forward. I have been weighing weekly, bu... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:49:30 EST Not AWOL -- Just Concentrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109912 I haven't blogged in a while, but it isn't because I've been doing the walk of shame, it's because I've been deep in concentration, or contemplation, ... or something. <BR> <BR> I'm still doing my walking/jogging every day and I really look forward to it. I've been at a minimum of 12,000 steps per day for quite a while. The scale is not cooperating that much -- down 1 pound from last week, but it really doesn't bother me too much because I feel a lot stronger and positive about my progress... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:31:28 EST Measuring Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083791 I am up .6 pounds this week. We went to visit my parents this weekend and my mom made a big dinner, including my favorite lemon pie. Plus as we usually do, we stopped at the golden arches on the Thruway for breakfast on the way there. I could have had a yogurt parfait, but unfortunately, I went for the sausage and egg McMuffin (no cheese). I know, not good. <BR> <BR> I'm still a walking fool, though, so I am making progress in that area. I figure that as long as I am sweating, I am on... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:38:46 EST Update #18 (progress!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074276 Finally!! Good news this week. Down 3.4 pounds. WooHoo!! So, total of 28.2. Next week I really hope to get to the big 30. <BR> <BR> I always feel better when the weather is cooler. I like fall the best! I feel like actually doing things when I get home and on weekends instead of just vegging and breathing in crappy air that’s blowing in through the dirty AC. I did a lot of cleaning on Saturday and so I feel a bit better about the state of my house. It’s still awful, but I went throu... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:00:14 EST Update #17 (been a while!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064794 I’m up again. By .7 pounds. So a total of 24.8. I did get into the candy corn and some other not so good stuff. I really would like to get to 30 before too much longer, but I won’t get there at the rate I’m going. It would be really cool if I have some really fantastic progress by my physical – which my doctor forced me to schedule when I was there last. It’s in March, so I have quite a bit of time, but if I keep wasting it like I am now I won’t have much to show for it. Funny, though,... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:34:38 EST NYS Fair Eats -- Fried Kool-Aid!? Really?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039302 I attended the NYS Fair last night and I thought that instead of eating all kinds of junk food, it would be really fun to take photos of as many fried and otherwise not very nutritious foods that I could find. (I saw someone else had done this so it wasn't an original idea.) Anyway, I was with other people who all got into the act and we actually had a fun time doing this and it didn't cost anything. Funny (and also sad) as these photos are to me, I didn't see anyone actually eating any o... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:57:30 EST Update #16 (Uh-oh) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034647 Not so good news for me. I actually GAINED 2.4 pounds this week. How come it comes back so much easier than it leaves?? So I’m at 24.4. I was actually tempted to lie about it and say I stayed the same, but who am I kidding? I think because I was not feeling well for much of last week, I gave myself “permission” to eat whatever I felt like eating. Unfortunately, it was not good stuff. I was also concentrating on getting more exercise in, so I was fooling myself that it would make up the... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:42:49 EST Update #15 (and stomach virus) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026487 OK. Down 1.4 pounds this week for 26.8 total. Not too shabby for me. Medifast buddy lost over 5 pounds despite being on vacation at the Cape last week. Awesome for her! <BR> <BR> One of the things that is motivating me right now is not so much eating less/better, but increasing my activity. On this week's digests, I was in the top 5 for fitness minutes on 5 Spark Teams. Yippee!! I've been walking/jogging a lot, basically whenever I can. Granted, these teams are relatively small, but ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:03:01 EST Update #13 and #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015798 I kept meaning to post an update last week and never got around to it. I lost .2 pounds last week and was a little depressed about it. Today's weigh-in showed a 2 pound weight loss for a grand total of 25.4. I'm averaging just under 2 pounds per week, so that's OK. <BR> <BR> My Medifast buddy is down about 60 pounds now, so saying she is kicking my butt is a "big" understatement. I am so proud of her, though. She's really dedicated. <BR> <BR> We have actually been practicing going ou... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:04:24 EST Update #12 (No change) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998210 Well, my weight remained exactly the same this week as last. That's actually OK, because I did go on a mini-vacation with my husband for a couple of days. Although we did eat out quite a bit, I didn't chow down like I usually do when I am released from my routine. I usually bring all kinds of snacks along "just in case" there is no food where we're going. Since we are always going to other cities and not the wilderness, this obviously makes absolutely no sense, but I like to be prepared. ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:25:38 EST Update #11 (One Goal Met!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985288 Down 2.8 pounds at today's weigh-in for a grand total of 23.2. 23 pounds was my first goal, so that's one down. WooHoo!! I'm just over one-quarter of the way to my final goal. I need to change my tracker, but I think I'll savor this for today and start fresh tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:39:27 EST Update #10 (Pieces are starting to come together!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974385 WooHoo, some success!! <BR> <BR> Today was weigh-in day, and I was down 1.8 pounds, for a total of 20.4. I am so stoked to get to 20. I still have A LOT to go, but I had a gain last week, so this loss was good news indeed. <BR> <BR> The walking and jogging are definitely helping. I hope to add some weight work, maybe in a couple of weeks. I want to ease into things a piece at a time so I get into a routine that I can stick with. I do not see myself going to a gym, at least for now. I ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:01:42 EST Update #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969844 No news on what's wrong with my dad. They did some exploratory procedure earlier in the week and won't have the results for a while. They do NOT think it's cancer, but he definitely has some obstruction in a kidney. <BR> <BR> In other news, I gained about .4 pounds this week. I am not that upset about it because I think I am having a non scale victory. I have had thunder thighs for as long as I can remember, even when I was skinny. Anyway, all of the walking and running I've been doin... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:38:11 EST Update #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953889 First of all, I am so grateful for all the kind words on my last blog about my dad's illness. It is such a comfort to know that people take the time to respond like that. Spark People are the best!!!! I have no news on that front, but my mom is keeping me posted. <BR> <BR> My weight-loss buddy is on vacation this week, so I haven't heard from her about her progress. Despite the events of last week, which included raspberry pie and a butterfinger ice cream flurry among other things, I mana... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 16:51:35 EST Rough Week (Family Emergency) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950701 I have to consider this a "lost" week as far as Spark People is concerned, but it also served as a scary forecast into my future if I don't get myself together pronto!! <BR> <BR> I had to leave work early last Monday and drive like a maniac to Albany because my dad was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He has a serious health issue that is still not resolved. He was in the hospital all week and they let him leave on Friday, but he needs to have an outpatient procedure which will hopefull... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 17:57:00 EST Update #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933158 I was up .2 pounds for a total of 17.6 pounds lost for my Tuesday weigh-in. (My Medifast buddy hit 30 pounds this week, which is awesome!) I am actually really happy with how I did this week. In addition to three work events with meals last week (which I mentioned in my previous blog), graduation parties were on the agenda this weekend, so I was inundated with food. I ate a chicken barbecue, including a little macaroni salad and cake at the party, and part of a turkey sub at the get togeth... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:46:15 EST Update #6 and First Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926103 I lost 1.4 pounds this week for a total of 17.8 in 7 weeks. Not too shabby. My buddy on Medifast is kicking my butt with a total of 27 pounds, but that's OK. We're both doing awesome. <BR> <BR> This was also my first real test in a while. I attended a conference for the last two days and eating was definitely a challenge. I had some failures and I probably gained a pound or two. One thing about conferences like this, you pretty much sit all day long and generally the food looks better ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:28:03 EST Update #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913323 I was down 2.6 pounds this week, for a six week total of 16.4. Not too shabby, but of course I would like it to be higher. An average of 2 pounds a week is more realistic in the long run. At least I didn’t go up! <BR> <BR> My Medifast buddy has lost a total of 23 pounds, so we're both doing great. It helps so much to have a human to share the ups and downs with and we really support each other. It also helps that we are not following the same strategy for weight loss. Otherwise, I thin... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:12:30 EST Medifast Update #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902587 This is my weekly update related to my weight loss buddy who is doing Medifast and me (who is NOT doing Medifast). My buddy was down 2 pounds this week for a total loss of 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> After my previous slight falter last week (see my previous blog "Ugh), I came back with a 4 pound weight loss for a total of 13.8 lost in the last month. Hopefully those pounds will STAY lost this time!!! I'm really sick of them hanging around. I am faithfully tracking everything I eat, which is a ... Tue, 29 May 2012 11:29:27 EST Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892901 OK. So this week I gained .8 pounds. I know that's not a huge amount and that there are all kinds of reasons for fluctuations like this, but still... ugh. I'm down 9.8 overall so I'm OK with that -- not ecstatically happy, but OK. <BR> <BR> My Medifast buddy was down another 3.5 pounds this week. It's been so awesome to have somebody to share this with and I'm glad that we're doing different things. I think I would feel worse today if we were on the same program. <BR> <BR> We both brav... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:48:26 EST Medifast Buddy Update #2 (with photo) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883366 My friend and I both lost weight this week. She lost 4.4 pounds and I lost 4.6. <BR> <BR> I also hung out with my friend for dinner on Friday and she made salmon and fresh asparagus. She used no salt or pepper or butter on anything. I have only had mushy canned asparagus before so this was a totally new experience. I am very happily surprised to report that I really liked it a lot. In fact, I liked it so much that I stopped and bought some myself and cooked it tonight. I put it in a v... Tue, 15 May 2012 22:45:13 EST Medifast buddy update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874204 My friend is doing Medifast and I'm following my own plan, which involves real food and tracking everything. I did WW many years ago and reached goal weight, so I'm also incorporating some of the stuff I learned there. I do some walking too, but right now my knees and lower back get sore pretty fast, so I'm hoping to get more physically active once I lose more weight. <BR> <BR> My friend and I have very different body types and she is much taller and younger than I am, so I don't feel co... Wed, 9 May 2012 15:29:24 EST Medifast -- no not me, a friend of mine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854990 I work closely with someone (we're not in the same building but we have the same job title). I have been hanging out with her quite a bit. She's about 15 years younger than I am, so she's almost like the daughter I never had too. <BR> We're both significantly overweight (ok, obese). She is single and doesn't like to cook, so she eats out a lot. She is so smart and really fun to hang out with, so I go along with her whenever I can. We are completely enabling each other to overeat. I ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:44:11 EST A Little Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777845 I have been taking blood pressure medicine for years. My doctor put me on it because I had "borderline" HBP. Well, I started to have some problems with the medication (chronic cough), so he told me to stop taking it and come back in six weeks. <BR> <BR> Well, I went in yesterday, and guess what?! I don't have high blood pressure!! <BR> <BR> I wish I could say it's because I lost weight, but it isn't. In fact I weigh a lot more than when he put me on the meds in the first place. I don't... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 17:33:43 EST Why I Don't Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4775533 I read an interesting book called "Why I Don't Lose Weight" by Dr. Wilfred Aguila. It talks about conquering the cycle of obesity. He talks about how we become trapped in it and provides some insight into how to break out of it. <BR> <BR> One of the things that he says is that losing weight is not a goal, but a milestone. The goal is actually keeping the weight off. I'm oversimplifying like crazy, but it was a unique perspective and one that really spoke to me. I'm still thinking about ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:53:51 EST Vacation's Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739107 The cruise last week was a total blast. My husband and I had a wonderful time on the Beatles Tribute Cruise. We met so many wonderful people! <BR> <BR> I wore my pedometer every day and got in over 12,000 steps a day! One day I even got over 14,000. We were on the Oasis of the Seas, which is huge, so just walking from one place to another was great exercise. It was so nice to be able to sit in the sun someplace warm instead of hibernating up here in the north. Very relaxing! <BR> <BR>... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:43:21 EST Cruising! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721635 We're off today for a 7-day Caribbean Cruise. It's a Beatles Tribute Cruise, so there are lots of activities planned. I hope to have a lot of down time as well. I had to work so much overtime to be able to take some time off. I work at a university so taking time off during the semester is not encouraged, but my husband can never get time off during the summer so we try to take some kind of vacation every other year during the winter. <BR> <BR> I checked out the ship's fitness center onl... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 09:24:51 EST Discovering the joy of smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666773 My local grocery store had a promotion going on where you accumulate points for your purchases and we earned enough points to get an immersion blender. This is the greatest small kitchen appliance ever! My husband is a professional cook so I pretty much stay out of the kitchen whenever possible (which is just about all the time). <BR> <BR> That said, I absolutely love to make smoothies with this gadget. It's so easy to use, and even better, clean-up is a breeze -- nowhere near the produ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:25:21 EST Rock Bottom... I hope so! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648884 I am ashamed to write this, but I really must make myself accountable, and a new year seems like a good time to clean the slate and start over. So here goes... <BR> <BR> I was so busted this morning by my husband. I often buy candy and keep it in my workbag or purse. Then I eat it when I'm alone. Well, I read in bed the other night and decided to whip out the handy dandy box of Milk Duds that I had purchased on one of my post-Xmas shopping forays. Unfortunately, I must have dropped a ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:24:50 EST So sad for my son... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503679 My 27 year old son came home to visit today and told me that he and his wife of 3 years were taking a "break". He is heartbroken, but it's been coming for a while. It's been very apparent for a long time that neither one of them was very happy. I think my son would have stuck it out and tried to convince her to go for counseling, but his wife doesn't know what she wants to do so he is moving out for a while. Thank goodness they don't have any children! He has a lot of friends who have of... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 21:01:19 EST Do-Over? No, but I appreciate the offer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4387891 OK, I've been AWOL for a while, at least from posting. I have been basically tanking for the last two months. I lost 26 pounds pretty quickly and then have slowly been putting it back on. I've been "Sparking" daily, but I have felt like I've been doing this in the 3rd person -- as if all of the information I've received has been referring to somebody else and not me. What's up with that?? <BR> <BR> I am quite disgusted with myself, but Coach Nicole posted an article recently on 25 things... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:28:44 EST Know Thyself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247906 I had a conversation with a dietitian a few years ago. She gave a talk at my workplace for people who were interested in losing weight. Anyway, she said something that has really stuck with me. She said, you have to be very honest with yourself about what you are willing to do and what you are not and then work with it. What is negotiable and what isn't. She said that if you don't do that you are setting yourself up for discouragement and failure. <BR> <BR> For example, I have finally a... Sat, 21 May 2011 22:27:06 EST Procrastination?... I'll think about that later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4246106 I read an article about procrastination yesterday that I was supposed to reflect on. It made a whole lot of sense. I am definitely one of those people who gets stressed out because I put off tasks, especially filing and organizing things so that I waste a lot of time even getting ready to start tasks. Basically I throw everything in a big pile -- at home and at work. I am trying to be better, but I have a long way to go. I know I would be much more productive and happier if I just did st... Fri, 20 May 2011 20:03:36 EST