JODROX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JODROX JODROX'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/ Facing the Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301222 Howdy! I'm doing a little better with eating and exercise -- getting back on track! Hurrah! <BR> <BR> Last night I ran for the first time since having my knee inspected by Dr. nearly 3 weeks ago. I mostly walked -- ran 1 minute for every 4 walked. But hey, it's something. It's a start. And my knee was fine. A little achy but no stabbing pains. So I'm thrilled. <BR> <BR> My sister asked if I wanted to run a race with her in April, and I said YES! I'm eager to start training for it. It'll b... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:52:15 EST Ice, Ice Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299813 Today in paradise, EVERYTHING is closed due to icy conditions. I'm hoping things melt or get cleared away by late morning so I can venture out. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I managed to eat a little better -- not quite in the 1200-1300 range I was aiming for. But better. <BR> <BR> I also managed to do just the tiniest bit of toning. Baby steps! I thought about going to the Y, but the roads were really bad, and honestly I just wasn't feeling it. <BR> <BR> Today, again, I'm going to try to get closer... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:18:23 EST January: Fresh Beginnings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299076 I vanished! Like magic! <BR> <BR> No, really, I've just got a whole lot of personal stuff going on right now. I can see why losing weight worked for me a few years back. I had the time and space in my life to 100% obsess on food and exercise. Now… it's been more difficult. But I don't feel as good -- mentally or physically -- so I need to make the time and space for it before I start down the slippery slope to morbid obesity. <BR> <BR> Doctor said my knee looks "strong." She suspected the ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:42:56 EST Eating and Sleeping for Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278421 My sleeping struggle continues, but I do believe I've gotten my appetite back. <BR> <BR> A friend sent me some Advocare SleepWorks, and it worked like a charm two nights ago. Last night, not so much. I only took a half dose both nights. I'll try a full dose tonight. <BR> <BR> And food, glorious food - yep, I'm eating again! It's been a gradual thing of eating a little more each day, and now I guess I need to watch it so I don't fall back in the old habits of overeating! <BR> <BR> Down to... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 06:54:04 EST Resuming Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277021 Things are going a little better. I'm eating a little more, sleeping a little more, getting things sorted out a little more. #lifeisgood <BR> <BR> I was a little nervous that the weight I dropped quickly would creep back on if I started eating like a reasonable person again. But I'm actually still losing, eating on the low end of my SP calorie range. I'm not starving or stuffed. I feel good. <BR> <BR> Running, walking, hiking, toning, eating healthfully, drinking water, and sleeping. #keys... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 07:27:24 EST November: Lost TEN Pounds?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274694 The first half of November, with my weight hitting an all-time high since my 40-pound loss (not highest ever), I was in a panic to get back on track. I was working on it...kinda...sorta...with no real results. <BR> <BR> And then this new thing hit -- the lack of sleep, the loss of appetite. The key to weight-loss success?! HA! Well, I have now lost 10 pounds. I'm back down under 130, and the possibility of actually getting to my goal weight before the end of the year is starting to look do-a... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:32:31 EST Over 1000! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274224 Yesterday I finally ate over 1000. I'm kind of nervous about gaining back the lbs I lost, but I can't eat that light forever! I came in at 1120. <BR> <BR> It was a busy day -- lots of fun, wonderful stuff, partly birthday, partly life. I got home pretty late and was hungry, so I ate. Previous days, I probably would have just gone to bed without eating. So... maybe this is the start of getting my appetite back? We'll see! <BR> <BR> It's a running day for me, so I definitely need to fuel! <... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:37:07 EST 9 Pounds in 13 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273719 When you lose your appetite and can't sleep... It's not the intentional weight-loss I've worked so hard for in the past, but I'll take it. Back under 130. <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday, and it's a milestone. I'm very blaaaaah about it. Oh yeah, it's my birthday... no big deal. My friends are taking me out for lunch, so that's nice. Then my kiddo has a band concert tonight. So.......... yeah, like I said, no big deal. <BR> <BR> <em>107</em> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:10:46 EST 12 Days Under 1000 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273168 Greetings, Sparklers! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and nice long weekend! Mine was good -- nice to spend the day with family and relax over the long weekend. <BR> <BR> My low-cal trend continues. I'm at a point now where I really could eat more, but I'm being careful. Yesterday I logged in my supper foods before eating, and when it put me over 1000, I changed it up so I'd still be under 1000. OCD much? Yes. So that's what I ate, and it was enough. I was satisfied. <BR> <img s... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:58:50 EST 10 Days In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272010 I'm starting Day 10 of this crazy new sleepless/eat-less world, and thank God for a 4-day weekend. There's time to mentally sort through some stuff that might get me back to a place where I can sleep and eat again. <BR> <BR> One thing that is keeping me sane is writing. It helps me process what's happening and provides enormous clarity. <BR> <BR> Here on SP, I share the fitness/health side of things, and it's nice to hear encouragement on that front too. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly I don't fe... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:25:29 EST An Emotional Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271074 I've got some emotional turmoil in my life right now. Hence the loss of appetite and lack of sleep. I'm functioning and have great things in some areas of my life, so hurrah for that. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to have lost 7 pounds in a week, even though this is absolutely NOT the way to do it. Pre-emotional turmoil, I never ever ever had an 800-calorie day. And now, 800-900 is about all I care to eat. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to be able to sleep a full night soon and to be able to eat what my bod... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:44:26 EST Can't Even Choke it Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270266 I woke up hungry this morning (good sign!) and decided to make myself eggs for breakfast, since I'm always low on protein, especially now. Two eggs, one piece of bread. I got less than halfway into it and was done. I made myself have a few more bites of the eggs and threw the rest in the trash. <BR> <BR> I do not recognize this unhungry girl. <BR> <BR> It's a running day for me, so I'm gonna really try to choke down some nutrition today. Ugh, this has never been a struggle. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:55:46 EST Day 4 Under 1000 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269741 I'm just gonna own this. I know it's not the healthiest thing and I know that it's not going to last forever, but I still have little appetite and am not sleeping well, but I'm overall happy, and if this can kickstart some blubber loss, I'm okay with it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my lil breakfast and my lil lunch, and by 4:00 p.m. I knew I needed to eat something. So I warmed up some soup. I ate half of it and was done. <BR> <BR> I met some friends at a restaurant/bar and, again, figured I ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:55:17 EST Day 3 Under 1000 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269158 I'm not sure how to talk about this or feel about this cuz I KNOW it's not good, but I'm on Day 3 under 1000 calories, and I'm not sleeping well, but I'm kinda hyped up and energized and not hungry or wanting to eat more, and I've lost 6 pounds, and I feel like if my mood continues like this, I'll probably keep eating this light, and.............. would that be bad?? Yes, yes, I know that would be bad cuz I'm getting almost no protein or iron or fiber. I'm eating healthy stuff, when I do eat.... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:06:11 EST Another Low Cal Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268694 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1da0f75e-abba-4c14-bf9b-e5c6caeb52bc.jpg"> <BR> Today, again, no appetite. I had about 850 calories. No wine this time. I'm not gonna worry about it. My body will let me know when it needs more. I went for a nice long walk. Apparently it's Take a Hike Day. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:54:04 EST Skipping Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268275 Last night, I got home around supper-time, poured myself a glass of wine and couldn't decide what to make for supper. Hubs just got home too, and he was making something, offered me some. I passed. We often don't eat the same food because I'm on-again off-again vegetarian (currently on-again) and in general we just like different things. <BR> <BR> I realized, with some surprise and pride, for lack of a better word, that I wasn't hungry, and I was just going to go with that as long as "not hu... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:11:49 EST I'm Back -- AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267797 Greetings, SparkPeople! I have returned. <BR> <BR> My fitness efforts fell by the wayside. My faithful adherence to working out and eating light weakened and my weight has yoyo'ed to a place I don't want to stay very long. <BR> <BR> It's frustrating. When I hit my all-time low of 122.5 5 years ago, it was the result of OCD eating light and exercise. I remember feeling still not quite thin/toned enough but also feeling that I couldn't eat that light forever. So I let myself eat more and my ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:58:05 EST Carbs vs Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169779 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e26de95b-6515-447a-87fa-5761ce3a5200.jpg"> <BR> As a sometimes vegetarian, I'm fairly conscious of my protein intake. Most days I do okay getting very close to my Sparkpeople recommended 60 grams. Today, not so much. It's so easy to consume carbs. They're quick and convenient and something I naturally want. Want vs need... long-term health benefits..... Yup! I'll try to do better tomorrow! Tue, 24 May 2016 22:33:08 EST Learning From Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162659 When I lost 45 pounds and was 2.5 pounds from my goal weight, I thought getting the rest of the way there would be easier than the first leg of the journey. SO NOT TRUE. Others have said this and now I get it: Maintaining is every bit as hard as losing it in the first place. And I still wanted to lose a bit more! Sheesh. <BR> <BR> After working really hard to get there and eating probably TOO light, I let things slip. I saw that I could maintain even when eating kinda badly because I was sti... Sat, 14 May 2016 08:49:25 EST I'm Still Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161756 The blog of a Spark friend (BROOKLYN_BORN) made me realize I've become very inactive on Sparkpeople. I'm still logging food and exercise, but I'm not doing much of the social stuff anymore due to lack of time. <BR> <BR> I hope all my Spark friends are doing well. I wish I had time to keep up with you all! <BR> <BR> As far as my "weight loss journey" (am I the only one who is sick and tired of that little phrase?), I'm doing okay but not great. The quick summary is that I lost 45 pounds and ... Thu, 12 May 2016 21:12:42 EST It's Been a While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077682 Howdy, friends! It's been a while since I blogged. Not much to say, I guess. I'm spinning my wheels with this weight-loss thing. My motivation is yoyoing as much as my weight is! <BR> <BR> Despite the weight spike, I'm feeling pretty good about things. I know that I will drop the extra pounds. I'm sooooooooooooooo good at this. It's just a matter of reining in the calories. Lately it seems that I get this hungry/yucky feeling, and feel like I need to eat something to settle that yucky feelin... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:27:41 EST January 1, 2016: Starting Over at 132.5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056823 I'm a full 10 pounds UP from my lowest weight (April 2014). Sigh. Lots of yoyoing in 20 months. And so I begin again, the downward trek. Smarter eating. I've been pretty faithful to working out during this period -- especially cardio, not so much with the strength training. It's my eating that gets a little crazy at times. <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do! And I know how much Sparkpeople matters to my success, so... expect to see a lot more of me here. <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:08:48 EST Fat Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053916 Dirty little secret: You can get away with eating badly for....a very short period of time. Your body can handle it for a day or two. You may feel bloated, and you may gain a few pounds, but you will not do irreversible damage. <BR> <BR> Now if you continue this overindulgence day after day after day after day........... that little bit of bloat will grow. Those couple pounds will increase to 5.....10..... <BR> <BR> IF you don't nip it in the bud, before you know it, your pants will get tig... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:39:06 EST On Again Off Again -- 2015, the Year That Was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053410 Nearly 5 years ago, after a life of fatness, I had had enough and I set about finally losing the extra weight that had plagued me my whole life. I wasn't morbidly obese, but "chubby." I started running and tracking my food, and I lost 30 pounds. Hurrah! <BR> <BR> The next year, I lost another 10. Hurrah! <BR> <BR> I've been wanting and trying (sporadically) to lose another 10 ever since. I lose. I gain. I haven't quite gotten to where I want to be, though I've gotten very close. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 13:04:25 EST I'm Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052914 Wow, my longest SP absence ever, I think. I've been too busy, too stressed out, eating too much, exercising too little, and now I'm ready to get back into my healthy habits. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:26:27 EST When Busy Is Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025891 "Busy" is probably the most overused word in the English language. It's our answer to "how are you" and our excuse for many invitations. <BR> <BR> I've been feeling busier than usual lately because I actually am busier than usual. I went from having most evenings free (unless my kids had an activity I needed to attend) to having many evenings booked with my own commitments. It's all good stuff that I'm happy to be doing. But it does create a challenge: when will I work out? <BR> <BR> My aw... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 08:55:11 EST Vertigo Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004346 Wednesday morning 4:00 a.m. I rolled over in bed, and that sickening spinning feeling crashed over me again. I looked at my alarm clock, and the numbers were dancing all over the place. As quickly as I could, I rolled back to my other side, and the spinning stopped. But I was left nauseated and afraid this was going to linger for many days, like it did the first time I experienced vertigo. <BR> <BR> Luckily, this time around, it wasn't nearly as severe or long-lasting. I slept for the bette... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:50:52 EST Dealing With the Real Stuff of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001924 Recently my uncle passed away, and then just a few days later my father-in-law also passed away. <BR> <BR> The school year is up and running..... busy busy busy.............. <BR> <BR> As hard as it is to eat right and stick to an exercise routine when the rest of life is going smoothly, it becomes REALLY difficult when life is in chaos! <BR> <BR> So I'm working on getting back in my good routines. <BR> <BR> I'm also mildly sickish. Congested. A little bit of vertigo. Tired. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:32:07 EST Losing Weight Is Not Rocket Science http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991426 #1 - Eat like a reasonable person. I've been trying to eat within my SP calorie range but going just a tiny bit over all week. Still, I've lost a few pounds. So I'm very pleased. Compared to how I ate during August -- with the occasional in-range day, but mostly waaaaaay over -- my eating so far in September is reasonable and healthy. Hurrah! <BR> <BR> #2 - Be active. I'm running and walking and toning. I hope to get a few more bike rides in this fall, but mostly I'm focusing on running, wal... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 10:02:58 EST Weight Spike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983663 I stepped on the scale this morning to a surprising 4.5-pound weight gain. I stepped off and back on again. That can't be right. Hm. Yup, up 4.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fbc0041-4fc8-48e1-9103-07c06e01a546.jpg"> <BR> <BR> True, I have not been eating the best. But I'm exercising a lot, so that helps a bit with the excess calories. <BR> <BR> I looked over my food intake yesterday and am wondering if there was excess salt. I had a turkey hotdog for... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:30:20 EST Here We Go Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981369 Despite my frequent declarations that I am really getting serious this time, my weight has crept back up to a weight I swore I would never see again. I am sooooooooooooooo irritated with myself. <BR> <BR> 130. <BR> <BR> I cannot keep eating like this and expect to ever get to my ultimate goal of 120. <BR> <BR> My head is a little messed up right now. I'm realizing some things that I'm doing that are not helping me in the long run. I'm filling my life with busy-busy-busy to block out som... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:59:31 EST Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978830 A lazy Sunday ahead........ starting with some couch time with my dog and some recorded concerts on the DVR (Annie Lennox and Simon & Garfunkel). <BR> <BR> Next up: some housework. Nothing too massive, but I will feel better if I could finally check a few of these neglected items off my mental list. <BR> <BR> And then: a church picnic. I'm feeling a little guilty for not actually going to church before the church picnic. But not guilty enough to actually go. <BR> <BR> And then: I may be ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:37:32 EST Sanity Prevails http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978538 For those of you who expressed concern about my plan to go on a 4-5 hour bike ride on a blistering hot day: NO WORRIES! <BR> <BR> I got a later start than I should have, if I were indeed going to attempt the long ride. So I knew right there that it wasn't going to be that long. <BR> <BR> I decided to try a new route that a coworker had told me about. Big hill, he said. How big, I wondered. Really fricken big, is the answer. I was maybe 4 miles from home when I hit the big hill, and it neve... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:28:23 EST Coveted Trophies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978080 Only twice have I achieved the coveted 2000 Monthly Fitness Minutes trophy on Sparkpeople. Shocking, I know. <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been putting in A LOT of minutes. I'm running three times a week, biking three times a week, and walking almost every day. I've gone on a few long bike rides -- 4-5 hours! It all adds up! <BR> <BR> Naturally, this planted the thought in my brain that maybe, just maybe, I could get the 2500 Monthly Fitness Minutes trophy. I am coveting it. <BR> <BR> What wou... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:43:55 EST Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966754 Following my training plan, today is a day off from both running and biking. My legs say: THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> I may go for a nice, long walk. And I should do some toning today. I've been neglecting that. <BR> <BR> I've been really dedicated to running and biking and not very dedicated to eating right. Gee, why isn't the weight coming off?? Huh. <BR> <BR> Must get a handle on the whole Food Thing. How??? I've done this before! Here we go! <BR> <BR> 1. Plan ahead. Grocery shop with healthy... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:18:55 EST Listening to My Tired Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964216 I used to be very good at finding any excuse to not exercise. Too busy, too tired, too whatever. Lately, though, I prioritize exercise before almost everything else. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, after my busy weekend, including a 41-mile bike ride, I was still exhausted. I could've napped the day away, but I went to work and slogged through the day. <BR> <BR> It was a running day for me, and all day I thought about it. I thought I just might get a second wind at some point in the day. Eventually ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:39:24 EST Biking, Running, Volunteering, and Napping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963648 Sometimes you just have to recognize when you are too busy. I overbooked my weekend. it was all good -- volunteer activities, social time, and workouts. By the time all my planned events were done on Sunday, I was completely exhausted. I napped for 2 hours, like a rock. Dead to the world. <BR> <BR> It started with Friday night. I had a meeting about the activity I had volunteered for on Saturday. After that quick meeting, I met a friend for dinner, and then I needed to run to the store to bu... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:14:25 EST Biking in the Rain, Crossing Scary Bridges, and Eating Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959258 My biking "coach" (really just a friend who is a way more serious biker than me) advised me to add 5 miles to my long ride every week. So today I set out to ride about 35 miles on a local bike trail. Two friends went with me. <BR> <BR> Overall, it was a great day, and we had a good time. I'll give you the highlights. <BR> <BR> After we rode just a short distance, maybe 5 miles, we stopped for some reason... to pull out sunglasses maybe. And while we were stopped, a group of three guys came ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 21:09:13 EST Excited About Running Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957773 I'm slowly making a comeback from my calf injury. Tonight I ran 6 minutes, walked 1, repeated for a total of 30 minutes. It seems almost too easy to bounce back! (Thank God!) In the past when I've restarted, it seems like I restarted from the beginning. But the truth is, you never restart from square 1. You build back more quickly. The point in building slowly is to prevent injury. it's smart. I *could* do more, but I'm trying to not push too hard and hurt myself again. So... this is exciting... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 22:36:21 EST Duluth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956806 We took another mini-vacation, this time to Duluth. Much fun! Much food! Oh Lordy, I do eat too much on vacation. BUT -- my one saving grace -- I exercised! <BR> <BR> I ran two mornings, mainly because my travel companions slept in, so I really didn't have any excuse. And then we went for a long walk one day. I also did some of the Spark challenge that I signed up for. <BR> <BR> Now, back to normal life, and back to better eating. Back to tracking! I'm happy to do it -- definitely feeling ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:19:58 EST Plotting My Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951719 Run. <BR> Blog. <BR> Track. <BR> Clean house. <BR> Walk dog. <BR> Grocery shop. <BR> Bike shop. <BR> Go to outdoor concert + fireworks. <BR> Mail 2 cards. <BR> Order book from Amazon. <BR> Visit library. <BR> <BR> Oh my. Not enough hours in the day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cebbfdf-6d6f-492e-9ab2-8cbfbdc4e17a.jpeg"> <BR> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:51:11 EST Door County http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951023 This is the official end of any attempt to blog every day in June. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> We took a mini-vacation to the beautiful Door County of Wisconsin. I love that place. In my ideal Door County vacation, there would be much-much-much biking and hiking through Peninsula State Park, awesome Wild Tomato pizza every night, and lounging about the pool in between all that biking, hiking, and eating. <BR> <BR> As it turned out, the weather was ... NOT warm. It was upper 60s. That is NOT p... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:38:03 EST June 16: Weight Surprises, Part Deux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945946 So that unexpected weight drop was followed by an unexpected, BIG weight spike. 126.5! Seriously? 6 pounds in a day?!?!?! <BR> <BR> I think I need a new scale. <BR> <BR> <em>11</em> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:15:29 EST June 15: Weight Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945415 I haven't been super dedicated or super consistent lately. I'm having a hard time keeping my calories in range. But hey at least I am tracking. That's something. At least I know how much I'm eating. <BR> <BR> I'm exercising a lot. Biking, walking, some toning. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure exactly how this is working, but I seem to be losing weight. My weight is up and down kind of a lot from one day to the next, unexpectedly. I stepped on the scale yesterday and was surprised to see 120.5 -- th... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:30:07 EST June 14: Biking Plus Five http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944865 My biking "coach" -- really, a friend who is a serious biker -- said if I want to bike a century ride this fall, the way to build up to that is adding 5 miles to my long ride each week. So yesterday was my 30-mile ride, up from my 23-mile ride last week. 30 miles? No problem! <BR> <BR> I used my son's bike instead of my bike. Actually his bike is my OLD bike, and it is more of a speedy bike. My newer bike is a comfort bike, which I thought was exactly what I needed when I bought it. It's v... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:05:00 EST June 12/13: The Pit of Despair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944385 I had a bad day. <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlEN<BR>Fkf6upw </link> <BR> <BR> Without going into too much gory detail, things got really ugly 2 days ago, pretty much right after my last blog. We've had some underlying stress for several months -- some bad stuff happening in basically three areas of our lives. We're working on fixing those issues, but in the meantime, things are not great. <BR> <BR> Finally, one of those issues came to a head, and I LOST IT. I lost it bad. I... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:16:04 EST June 10/11: The Lessons of Overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943357 Yesterday I went out for breakfast at Perkins. My meal included a muffin, which I took to go. (Can you imagine eating an omelet PLUS potatoes/fruit PLUS a muffin???) I ate the omelet (minus hollandaise!) and fruit and saved the muffin for later... thinking MAYBE I won't eat it. MAYBE I'll take it home and see if one of my guys wants it. <BR> <BR> And then... <BR> <BR> After lunch, I don't know what the deal is. It seems even when I eat a 500-calorie lunch, I feel hungry by 1:00 or 2:00. S... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:34:58 EST June 8/9: I'm a Biking Fiend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942593 Forgot to blog again last night... did I mention I'm trying to blog every day during the month of June? Trying! <BR> <BR> Anyhoo... <BR> <BR> I biked to work today. 7.5 miles one way. And home again. 15.72 miles total. And it was 95 degrees today. I loooooooooooooooove summer. Bring on the heat! As long as I'm hydrated, I'm good. And oh-so-happy!! <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful ride. I saw deer and lots of squirrels. And I just felt so good. It was like my own little micro-vacation. I'm goin... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 22:06:13 EST June 7: Inactive Family Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941399 Today.... I will admit it..... I shed some tears. <BR> <BR> I asked my family (husband and two teenaged boys) if they wanted to go for a bike ride. No. How about a hike? No. My husband shot back with: "It's incredibly humid today. I don't want to do anything like that." <BR> <BR> The weather doesn't affect me like it does him. I get that. But... But... <BR> <BR> So I proposed we go to the Y. It's climate-controlled. He looked away disgusted. He knew I caught him in a completely fabricate... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 21:45:16 EST June 5/6: The Joys of Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940633 It occurred to me this morning that I forgot to blog yesterday. As with all the other goals I set for June..... I made it 4-5 days and started slipping. It's time to hoist up my britches and get back on track. Mixed metaphors -- it's my thang! <BR> <BR> So yesterday... nothing to report really. I worked. I walked over lunch and then needed to go grocery shopping after work. My son had some friends over for a last-day-of-school party. So I never really sat down. That's why I forgot to blog. ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 10:00:45 EST