JUNEAU2010's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUNEAU2010 JUNEAU2010'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/ "The Best Diet..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480420 I just reread this article on SparkPeople's site: "9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Diet Plan" with the quote "''The best diet is the one you will follow and stick to.'' (sic) <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, BF was all excited about a new diet that he saw on a PBS fundraiser night. It was a few days before we had time to watch it together. He has not been excited about changing his food lifestyle in eons so, to support him, I said I would try it, too. We saw two shows, so I don't... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 19:43:12 EST Rest in Peace, Amy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478689 My coworker and friend died yesterday. Even though I heard this was coming, it still seems unreal. She leaves behind a 7 year old son. Presumably one of her two sisters or her parents will gain custody of him. <BR> <BR> I was looking forward to seeing her in California next month. We'd talked about going to Alcatraz, somewhere she's never been. We had planned a post-graduation trip to the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, another site on her bucket list. We are both paralegals and first-tim... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 17:26:25 EST Even in Humor, It's Not OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476492 I saw a joke today that upset me. It involved tomatoes acting as if they were human. Dad smacks the boy on the head and tells him to ketchup. Humor. I get it. But... <BR> <BR> Head injuries due to abuse are serious. I was a victim of 13 years of child abuse and only in the last year did I learn than, when the doctors look at my eyes, brain and other things with their instruments and via tests, the evidence of the brain damage caused by that abuse is still very apparent, decades later. ... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 19:13:36 EST It was like a holiday card today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471614 Growing up in the west, I had never seen cardinals as red as the ones I see out the windows of my home here. Today, it snowed. Not badly. Beautifully. Big fat snow flakes. They painted the branches of the tree outside with an outline of white over the pale green moss and dark brown bark. The bird feeder and suet block were in almost constant use. At one point, a brilliant red cardinal stood in the V of the tree branch, on top of the snow. I was reminded of those Christmas cards I used... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:05:12 EST I Had the Opportunity to Say Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470712 I had the follow-up appointment with my surgeon after the bleeding episode last week. I had not seen him since the day of surgery in January. I had the opportunity to thank him for the surgery. Despite the current issues and some pain, I still feel so much better than I did last fall. I was thrilled to be able to tell him thank you! <BR> <BR> Another test next month. I won't look forward to it, but it's more to rule out things than an expectation that something bad will be found. <BR> ... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 21:41:44 EST Not an Update on Amy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470354 I have not heard anything positive. Amy thought she would be going home from the hospital tomorrow. Not sure if that happened, but, apparently, she is going to be out on medical leave. Return unknown. This makes me think more is going on than anyone expected. <BR> <BR> Workload aside, I am really concerned for her. <BR> <BR> Stress eating ensued. But I stopped. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 17:20:39 EST Update on Amy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469671 Like me, she was scared. She texted me saying she thought she had TB or cancer. (She has already had 2 different cancer battles). This time, it's "only" a horrible case of bronchitis. Amy should be able to go home by the end of the week. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the good thoughts! I will sleep much better tonight! Tue, 6 Mar 2018 18:01:15 EST Life can be humbling - Praying for Amy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469334 I've had a setback after my gall bladder removal. I have not felt well and have had other issues. The second doctor appointment is this Friday. Not looking forward to it. My back has been unrelentingly sore and on and on. <BR> <BR> But life has a way of not letting me feel sorry for myself. This morning, a coworker came in all frazzled. She was on her way to work, the second car behind a car carrier, and a car fell off the carrier! No one was hurt, but it shook her pretty badly. THANK... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 18:56:46 EST Planting for the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464262 Yesterday, BF and I visited a locally owned greenhouse/garden store. We did not buy a greenhouse, but we talked with the owner and got some good education about the local weather, greenhouses and gardening. We ended up buying starts for 3 of my favorite veggies - broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. We also got seeds for 2 kinds of radishes and spinach! We should have produce in a couple of months. I want to get asparagus started. I understand that takes about 4 years to get a soli... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:22:02 EST Fighting the Feeling that I Failed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456821 I was so excited to have lost 7.5 pounds after surgery that I was sure I would continue. I aimed for 2 pounds this week, which, given the current situation, may not have been realistic, but I thought it was OK all week. <BR> <BR> I ate pretty carefully, mindfully. Knowing I could not make it to Planet Fitness yet, I had to compensate on the food and water end. <BR> <BR> I gained half a pound! So disappointed! I am having all kinds of internal conversations about that, fighting with myself... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:11:18 EST 100% Commitment - Waylaid by Girl Scout Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455128 I started yesterday by driving my partner to an early morning appointment. I was surprised how sore that made me! I had my stepdad take me to my doctor appointment. The doctor gave me a limited release to return to work. I can work from home, but I may not drive to work until 2/2. <BR> The problems with driving right now are minor, but could be major on my long commute. My right side gets very sore staying in that position so long, the steering wheel irritates two of the incisions and I c... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:35:48 EST I Need to Act on my 100% Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454500 Today, I will attempt to drive for the first time since surgery. One of the stops is the follow-up appointment with my doctor where he should sign the release so I can get back to work. Mixed feelings about that. I am still uncomfortable, though I can't call it pain. I selfishly hope he gives me a limited release to return to work but says I need to work from home. It hurts to wear certain garments! <BR> <BR> Before surgery, I read about post gall bladder removal diets. My doctor said... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:08:38 EST This is Not a Diet! This is Not a Drill! I OWN This Journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453805 A few days into my post-surgery changes. I am still learning what foods are now off limits. Yesterday, I ate wholly within the safe list. Turned down the fruit turnover and the other goodies that my partner brought home. It makes it easier not to feel as if I am giving up something when I remember that what I am doing is making sure I don't suffer the consequences of eating unwisely! <BR> <BR> Today, I am totally ok with taking it one day, one meal, one glass of water at a time and knowi... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:51:38 EST Post-Surgery Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453307 Feel free to skip this one. Some observations may not be for all audience members. Last week, I had gall bladder removal surgery. It came at just the right time. By the time the date came, I was so uncomfortable, in so much pain, I had sort of made peace with the idea of organ removal. I had done some reading and learned that unpleasant times could be ahead and knew that my diet would need to be tweaked. <BR> <BR> Note I said "tweaked", not "overhauled" or some other major word. For ... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:46:31 EST Yesterday was a Rest Day; Today was Essentially the Same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447340 As my surgery date draws near, I am increasingly feeling crappy. I may have overdone it on the row machine the other day. I was too sore yesterday and reluctantly took a rest day. It felt weird to drive past the gym without going in. Thinking that is a novelty! <BR> <BR> I intended to repeat my 5 minutes on the elliptical this morning, but did not. I realized as I started that I was going faster than before. I thought I would see how that worked out. At 2.5 minutes, I stepped off. My... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 19:18:29 EST I am Worth It! (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445623 This morning, I realized something. Heretofore, knowing I would be going to the gym for just a few minutes, I would have talked myself out of spending the time and gas. But, as BF said when I shared this changed thought with him, "It is worth going for 5 minutes on the elliptical now so that I can do 30 minutes later." <BR> <BR> I was ready to quit at 4 minutes, but I had set a goal of 5 minutes. Still at Level 1. I kept going and I met my goal! <BR> <BR> After the hamstring stretch, ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 13:57:02 EST Day 3 at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445067 I am still not doing a full workout. I am not kidding anyone, least of all myself. But, this was my 3rd straight day to walk through the doors and do something. <BR> <BR> I thought I would try the recumbent bike, but headed back to the elliptical for my 3" warmup. That last minute was tough! Level one all the way, so I obviously have lots of room for improvement! <BR> <BR> Today was supposed to be core, but I quickly found out that I may need to rethink this at least until after surgery ... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 13:05:21 EST I am Worth It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444756 A few days ago, a post card came in the mail. It was from Planet Fitness advertising a $10/month deal if I signed up before the end of the year. I drive by several of them during my 40 mile commute, but did not otherwise know anything about them. Turns out, there is one very close to my new home AND they have hours that work with my crazy schedule. I've never had a gym membership before - I always knew it would be a waste of money because I would not stick with it. <BR> <BR> BF and I wen... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 16:23:01 EST Vacillating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430156 I vacillate between furious anger and fear about current politics and my fears about my own future. I vacillate between loving my job and hating my commute. I vacillate, and this is really bad, between thinking about making positive healthy choices for diet and exercise and doing nothing. <BR> <BR> Some of you have asked for an update. I am one of those who goes silent when things are not going well. My partner is impatient with my stepfather to the point of near rudeness...BF is also no... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:25:42 EST Forty-Seven Years (Plus) Later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422138 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0bfd1910-6eb2-43ae-914f-763f40cc9ca8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, a dream partially came true. My two sisters closest in age to me were together and drove up to spend a few hours with me! <BR> <BR> The big deal? The last time we were together, they were in early grade school. Mother sent me to live with my dad. Long, very long, story short, we have not been together since that last day so long ago. Since then, we lost two siblings. My old... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:00:49 EST Inspired by 2BDYNAMIC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384515 This resonated for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384349 <BR> <BR> I just had to share such a positive, humorous and well-illustrated blog. <BR> <BR> Off to drink more water.... <em>334</em> Fri, 7 Jul 2017 15:10:31 EST Off the Market! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373669 In the midst of several months of crazy activity, very little of it physical, here I am. Most of last week was spent in North Carolina. I flew in Sunday and spent most of Monday driving around with my realtor looking at houses on my list. I saw firsthand how misleading photos can be. Almost all of the houses were so much smaller than they looked online and almost all of them were in worse condition than could be discerned from said photos. <BR> <BR> The first one had a lovely deck and pe... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:44:19 EST Mother's Day Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361518 I always approach Mother's Day with a mix of feelings. My mother is, as far as I know, still alive. She has chosen not to have me in her life for most of the time I have been alive. I wish things were different. I have been blessed with teachers, coworkers and other adults who have in some way filled the role for me. I have 2 stepmothers, one of whom is "Mom" to me, though that was certainly not the case when I was a teen. Then there was Mom Angell... <BR> <BR> At work today, someone w... Sat, 13 May 2017 19:28:45 EST Ziggy/Lioce = A Cat Story with a Sad+Happy Ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321438 The weather in northern California has been wet, very wet, stormy wet and windy. A few weeks ago, a new cat started showing up in our driveway. BF fed her and talked to her for a few days, Gradually, she started to trust him. When he could finally touch her, he could see that she was skin and bones. A few days later, we finally got her in the house. Hours later, the heavens unloaded. That atmospheric river? It was real! She hunkered down on my side of the bed and stayed there for days.... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:48:02 EST Thanks for Your Support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310808 Hi, SparkFriends! I am back in California, back in the regular routines after a short business trip to Dallas. I blogged before I left that the first day of the trip was my older brother's birthday and how surreal that day would be. I treasure the supportive comments y'all posted on that blog! It turned out to be a perfect day in odd ways. <BR> <BR> He died as a teen saving a boy's life but I felt him with me on this trip. He would've hung out at the airport all day! When we were kids, ... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 17:15:32 EST Tomorrow is Bound to be Surreal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308170 I hop on a plane very early tomorrow morning for a few days' business trip to Dallas. Tomorrow is bound to be very surreal. I've never gone on a business trip with coworkers. My boss and I are going to be sitting next to each other, working during the flight and about 6 other coworkers will be on the same flight. <BR> <BR> My boss and I are going to have a very nice dinner, I hope, after we get there. He knows that tomorrow is a very significant day in my heart. If my older brother were ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 23:05:34 EST Pearl Harbor Day and Other Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277796 I was not yet born when the events of December 7, 1941 occurred, but, as long as I live, this date will not be forgotten. I spent the day, among other things, in reflection amd prayer and shed a few tears, as I always do. <BR> <BR> I had a hearing test today as a beginning step to figure out what to do with my right ear tinnitus. I was amazed at the results and they shook me to my core. I will have a follow up exam in a couple of weeks to rule out any physical causes, but, the audiologist... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:56:19 EST Swirling Brain Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276275 Did not connect with the real estate agent in Charlotte despite several rounds of calls. It's hard to be patient. I am not in a hurry, but there is a lot to do in the next 8 months. I know I will hate the weather in Charlotte, I know food and utilities will cost more, but, if I can get into housing that I can afford, even with no raise in the foreseeable future, this will be a good move in the long run. <BR> <BR> I went to college in Arkansas, so I am not unfamiliar with the uncomfortable ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:35:49 EST My Brain Swirls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275895 The scale says I lost 2.8# last week. Not sure about that, but, I'll take it. I have not been working out or eating right or anything to take care of myself lately. I have plantar fasciitis on my left foot. All this time, I thought it was the chronic tendonitis from the surgery decades ago. Walking is very painful! <BR> <BR> Work has been absolutely beyond belief busy. The fourth quarter is always crazy, but this is the worst I have experienced ever! I am so brain dead by the end of th... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:24:03 EST Sister Birthdays, Bad C and Crazy Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250701 Today is my sister-closest in age birthday and yesterday was the next closest sister's birthday. They are one day less than a year apart. I emailed Liz, the younger, yesterday and she replied. Those few sentences are just about the extent of our current relationship, but it beats years of silence. (it's complicated.) Mary has not replied today, but she doesn't communicate often and I hope she was celebrating with her family, so I am not hurt. <BR> <BR> Another lesson today about the pre... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:23:41 EST September 23 - A Message From Heaven? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240862 I posted on my Facebook page this evening that today is the birthday for two special people in my life. One is Jack. He was my boss at my first "real" job after college. Working for and with him gave me foundational skills that have kept me working all these years. I emailed him to wish him a happy birthday and he is, once again, starting a new job. I wish him well. <BR> <BR> The other person is my cousin's widow, Norma. She's family for sure! She has not been in touch today and I hope... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:37:40 EST Prayers (Please), Exercise and Tuna! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237527 Yesterday, I learned that my "California family" is in mourning. My very good friend and former coworker x 2 posted on Facebook that a brother had died. I gathered that it was sudden. This is the 2nd sibling she lost this year. A sister died from cancer a few months ago. Today, at job #2, where my friend's daughter is now my boss (and I have known her since she was 6 months old!), I learned that the death yesterday was a suicide. My sister who died in July committed suicide, so, as soon... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:53:21 EST September 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230588 The fact that today is the 5th and is my first blog in eons should speak volumes about my life. My last blog was just after a younger sister died suddenly and I have been working extra hours at both jobs since then. I must get the overtime $ when it's offered. BF's cancer has returned. My weight is climbing and, no coincidence, the lower back and hip aches have returned and the tendonitis has flared again. The vicious cycle of not exercising because I hurt because I weigh too much has st... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 14:55:20 EST The Sun has Dimmed Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202033 A few minutes ago, my eldest sister Mary sent me a message that one of our other sisters, Jenny, died yesterday. I know no more than that. The last time I saw Jenny was in June of 1971 when Mother sent me to live with my dad. Two weeks later, our older brother died saving a boy's life. <BR> <BR> In recent years, thanks to social media, I got back in at least minimal touch with the two older sisters and the youngest, but Jenny was never in touch. These are the sisters who have children a... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:36:05 EST Grieving heart, stuck scale and a bad taste in my mouth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197826 For months, I have been dismayed by the hateful words and hateful actions that fill news reports. This week's events just deepen that sadness. This is not the place for me to say all that is on my heart about it, but I will briefly comment that, as far as I am able, I do have some understanding about various kinds of discrimination and hating someone just because they are different. I empathize with my black friends and coworkers who worry for their children, I have friends and loved ones ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:34:31 EST Fourth of July Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194784 2016 has, so far, been a year of no leftover brain power. By the time I get home and can log on to SparkPeople, I don’t have much energy for interacting, much less blogging updates. Here we are just past the halfway point of the year and I see no changes in the near future. <BR> I am still a paralegal at the nonprofit corporation and I still work at the dealership on Saturdays. I sometimes work on Sundays at either or both jobs. That leaves little time for the logistics of life. Even run... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 18:43:40 EST 2016: Day 27 Day of Remembrance, Prayer and Caution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081008 Today: 8,244 steps and 3.11 miles. Under goal, but I may need to adjust my goal. Increasingly tired every day and fatigue makes falling ever more a possibility. I left work exhausted and decided not to try to make the 10K steps. <BR> <BR> But, life is full of more than my fitness journey. A friend had a bad fall, wrecking her recently repaired knee. Another friend is having surgery for cancer and cataracts. My walking buddy at work left early today, just as we were about to walk. Her... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:40:35 EST 2016: Day 26 - Missing the Mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080085 8427 steps, 3.2 miles both below goal but far better than I used to do. <BR> <BR> I have not yet solved the reasons for my inability to walk and the intermittent problems that prevent me from walking, moving with confidence. <BR> <BR> I am tired. I can't take a day off and I would love to do so! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:37:29 EST 2016: Day 25 - My Family is Safe & I am Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079144 I took yesterday off and was, apart from errands, a couch potato. I also found out that my family in Virginia is ok. They are snowed in, but everyone is warm and safe. Very thankful! <BR> <BR> I am still having anxiety about walking and am not confident, but...I logged 10,127 steps for 3.82 miles. I will also meet my water goal. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I need to find time to submit an expense report. I got approval for reimbursement. That repayment will be very handy when the bill comes i... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:03:30 EST 2016: Day 23 - I Made it, Sort Of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077393 I did not meet my goals, but the fact that I did anything is progress. <BR> Over 6K steps and 2.27 miles. Water goal met, I think, but not sure. I switched containers in midday and lost track. <BR> <BR> I wore coffee today. Good thing I sit in an office by myself all day. I hate it when that happens! <BR> Surprisingly, I was not as sore as I feared, so I stayed at work almost all day. I left when the hints of migraine started. I don't think it will materialize, but I am very glad to be... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:39:22 EST 2016: Day 22 - The Good, the Bad (or Neutral) and the Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076605 A tip of the hat to Clint Eastwood with my blog title. Today is a friend's birthday so, every time I wrote the date, I thought good thought about him. I also learned I get to mentor one of our students starting next week on a very long project. Those were the good. <BR> <BR> The bad or neutral is the fact that I did not meet my Sparkpeople goals today. I walked only once today for less than 8K steps, 2.91 miles and will end the day shy on water. <BR> <BR> The ugly was the reason why the... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:47:47 EST 2016: Day 21 - Discouragement Turns to Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075760 I am still having trouble walking. The trouble is not physical, at least not my legs or feet. It may be something between the inner ear sense of balance, the eyes and the brain or it could be just vision issues. Not at all sure. I can walk inside buildings with almost no problem and at a good pace. Walking outside such as from the building to my car across the parking lot is terrifying at times. It's almost as if my body and brain freak out. I have not fallen, but I have been frozen an... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:00:22 EST 2016: Day 20 - Not Quite With it Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074785 Steps 7972 <BR> Miles 3.01 <BR> Water 6 glasses so far <BR> <BR> Not feeling great but not terrible. <BR> <BR> I did not have to use the cane all day, but did rely on it some. I feel unsafe outside so I wonder if something else is going on. <BR> <BR> My cousin's daughter posted a picture on FB. She will have a baby boy in about 12 weeks. My cousin, her mother, died in a car accident almost 10 years ago. I can't help but feel for Ally. I know she's thrilled, but there is an emptiness... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:57:33 EST 2016: Day 19 - Yawning as I Write http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073941 Today was nonstop busy, but not physically busy, mentally busy. It was the kind of day when you are so busy and you look at the clock and are amazed that it is already lunch time. I missed my midmorning walk, had a short lunchtime walk and a short walk after work. Now I am supposed to be studying, but am Sparking while I wait for the coffee to kick in. <BR> <BR> It rained most of the night and part of the morning. By the time I was driving home, there were clouds, blue sky and no rain. ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:30:59 EST 2016: Day 18 - Progress Continues in Spite of it All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073030 I met my water goal by lunch time. I can't remember the last time that happened! <BR> My Fitbit says 11,211 steps and 4.23 miles. <BR> <BR> I am having trouble walking but I am not letting that stop me. I am starting to like adding the steps and miles. This is different somehow. <BR> <BR> Work is exhausting in every way and I am always tired anyway. <BR> <BR> Not much else to say. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:38:03 EST 2016: Day 17 - Yesterday and Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071799 I did not get online to blog yesterday. I worked all day, cut out early and went to the hockey game last night. The Sharks beat the Stars, winning in overtime! We had great seats and could see the entire rink. The food was ok and there was no chance to overeat because we got there so late there was almost nothing left. <BR> <BR> I had thought I would not make my exercise goal yesterday. What I did not meet was my water goal, but I exceeded both steps and distance. 11790 steps and 4.45... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:07:18 EST 2016: Day 15 - "You Put the Wrong Stuff Back!" I Wanted to Scream! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070508 I will meet my water goal of 8.5 glasses. I exceeded, but only slightly, both my step and my mileage goal (10675 and 4.03 respectively). When I got home, I studied for a few minutes, ate something and eventually decided to take a short walk. My Fitbit told me I needed X steps to reach my goal (fewer than 1000), so I walked to the corner store with my cane just in case. <BR> <BR> I live in what might be the poorest city in San Mateo County, California (on the Peninsula about halfway betwe... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:40:23 EST 2016: Day 14 - Cane and Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069683 The inner ear balance troubles caught me again. I had not needed my cane since about 12/3/2015. It hit me in the middle of day. Despite that, I did 3.98 miles and 9515 steps. I will also meet my water goal. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 20:55:02 EST 2016: Day 13 - Exercise! Back in School! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068824 After doing nothing yesterday, I walked over 13K steps and 5 miles. I also will meet my water goal. This is starting to feel automatic and I have NEVER felt that before about exercise! <BR> I am blown away! Do I notice my clothes are looser? Maybe. I am not sure. I have not weighed since my last doctor visit (late December) and have not measured in forever. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, I am succeeding! <BR> <BR> I took the first class in my next educational opportunity. I will do the final e... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:09:31 EST 2016: Day 12 - Derailed for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067963 I took a sick day very reluctantly. I could not get up this morning (boy, am I tired of feeling that tired every day!) but I did get up. But I did not dare go very far from the facilities. I feel somewhat better now, but. bleh! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I will get back on track. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:55:14 EST