KARALIANNE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KARALIANNE KARALIANNE'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/ Summer's End (A&I BSG August Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984218 We tend not to really mark the changing seasons in our family. It could be partly because it's really hard to know when one season ends and the next begins, given the climate here. <BR> <BR> But there are a few things that will be changing with September. <BR> <BR> First, R's music class will start again on September 9. It's a Suzuki ECE music class, with all children aged 0-36 months (3 years). I'm looking forward to it because we did it in the spring when he was just two months old and no... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:33:59 EST Planning ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981781 Next week I'm going to try and add a few things to my daily routine. <BR> <BR> The biggest one is that I'm going to try and get outside for a walk every day. I've said I want to do that but haven't really tried until now. <BR> <BR> But it's definitely time I put my money where my mouth is and actually do the thing. <BR> <BR> So next week, that is a big goal. <BR> <BR> I'm also going to have a day-specific health-related goal every day next week. I'm going to put it in my Status Update, so... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:44:17 EST Amusement Park Memories (A&I BSG August Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979786 I love ferris wheels. <BR> <BR> One time I went to the midway at the Calgary Stampede and wanted to go on this big one they had with six-seater gondolas, but the friend I was with didn't want to go. I finally cajoled him on but he spent the entire time holding the pole in the middle. It didn't spin or anything, we were always right side up, and it didn't go really fast or anything. I have no idea why he was so scared! <BR> <BR> I hate roller coasters. <BR> <BR> One time I went to Playland ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:09:55 EST Three things I have learned about exercising (A&I BSG August Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978117 Thing the First: <BR> <BR> Exercising can be fun if you choose the right things and the right environment! <BR> <BR> Thing the Second: <BR> <BR> Exercising doesn't have to mean one specific thing; you can do almost anything as long as you're moving your body to do it! <BR> <BR> Thing the Third: <BR> <BR> Exercising is better with music. Put some on and see what happens! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:23:38 EST Favourite Spark Tool (A&I BSG August Challenge, Bonus Blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973264 I really like the Nutrition Tracker. It can be frustrating to find the food I need and to get the right amount into the tracker, but I find it really helpful to at least get an idea of how I'm doing keeping on track with my dietary goals! <BR> <BR> One tool I wish they would do more with is the Fitness Tracker. I would like to see things like sweeping the floor and mopping, and doing the dishes and stuff like that as options. I've seen other activity trackers that include housework tasks lik... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 17:29:19 EST Progress and Goals (A&I BSG August Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971585 Progress. <BR> <BR> What is progress? <BR> <BR> The first definition over at dictionary.com says that it is "a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage." So let's just go with that. <BR> <BR> I think I've talked here before about how I sort my to-do list into categories. I'm going to talk about my progress and goals in each category, because I think it's important to look at our health from a wholistic angle and not just focus on our weight: all parts of our lives contribute ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 19:04:14 EST Gaining and Losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724510 About a year ago, I decided to embark on a journey to see if my gut flora needed to be reset. I chose to follow my father-in-law's candida diet ( <link>https://www.wrc.net/index.php?option<BR>=com_content&view=article&id=322&Itemi<BR>d=737 </link> ). <BR> <BR> I decided to ease into the full diet, since it's very restrictive and must be followed as perfectly as possible for three to six months. I decided to do the full six months. <BR> <BR> So in June, I cut dairy. All dairy (except butter,... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:28:02 EST Exclusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591451 When I was younger (we're talking 20 years ago here) I would make disparaging comments about models in magazines and had uncharitable thoughts about skinny people at school and elsewhere. I still do from time to time, but I've been working on keeping myself from doing that because it's not who I want to be, it's not a very Christian kind of attitude to have, and I've realized that people have self-image issues at all sizes, not just larger sizes. Picking on people because of their perceived w... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:41:54 EST Getting into the swing of things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264174 I'm going to head to bed soon, but I wanted to post SOMETHING in February! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I've been keeping track of my food and exercise pretty well. I miss a few days here and there, just because I'm busy or don't want to have to figure out how many chips I actually ate or something like that. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> EXERCISE <BR> <BR> I decided to start buying 10-packs of tickets to get into the leisure centre. The tickets are good at any leisure centre in th... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:41:46 EST Slowly getting back into the swing of things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198588 I've been absent from SparkPeople for a VERY long time. I had to leave because there was just too much going on in my life, and I was getting overwhelmed by all of the demands. But now that Christmas is over and I feel a bit more organized in general, I thought I would come back and give this a try again. <BR> <BR> I'm starting small. I had joined the new January challenge group, but realized quickly that my life is just not set up in such a way that I can really commit to something so strin... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:44:58 EST The best-laid plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881227 I've been more active on SparkPeople, using the trackers and all, and I've mostly been good about my eating habits (though there's a reason I didn't track for three days this past weekend). However, I decided today that I should probably drop the challenge that I joined at the beginning of the month. <BR> <BR> If you've got me on your friend feed, you may have seen me talking about a sick guinea pig I've been hand-feeding. Here's the story on that. <BR> <BR> I'm starting a guinea pig rescue... Mon, 14 May 2012 16:15:48 EST It is May! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864081 That means I get to start running again. Assuming it stops being yuck outside, that is. I don't particularly want to go running in the rain when I haven't got waterproof running gear. I'm strange that way. <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend; left last Wednesday for Calgary so I could go to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. I got Adam West's autograph (Batman from the old TV show in the 1960's), and he accepted a gift of a photo of my little Batman even though the policy is to not accept g... Thu, 3 May 2012 02:26:06 EST Something funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819591 I was just checking my Nutrition Tracker and saw that it said I had eaten 252g of protein today. I was a little bewildered, since the only meat I'd eaten all day was a pork chop, and everything else except the cheese bun I had as a snack this morning was all veggies and fruits. <BR> <BR> I scrolled on up and discovered the culprit: I had eaten baby carrots at lunch, and the one I'd chosen from the user-added items said that 86g of baby carrots have 199g of protein in them! <BR> <BR> That wa... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 00:54:10 EST A great day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812894 My mom came to see me today. She told me when she was leaving her house, so I knew it would take her about an hour and a half, maybe two hours, to get here. While I was waiting for her, I cleaned the guinea pig cage. <BR> <BR> Cleaning the cage took a really long time, because I had to keep stopping to rest. <BR> <BR> I went downstairs and collected the clean piggy bedding from the dryer and brought it upstairs, then I took a break. <BR> <BR> I set up the piggy floor time pen in the kitche... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 22:12:30 EST Let's try this again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809999 My last entry seems to have been a bit overly optimistic. I kind of overdid it on the weekend and wound up spending Monday and Tuesday sleeping and lying flat on my back. Oops! Time to slow down and try again! <BR> <BR> I had a doctor's appointment today to get a prescription refilled - this was just with my GP - and I showed her my rash while I was there. She seemed to agree that it was probably the iodine and told me to come back immediately if it gets worse. Luckily, it is getting better,... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 01:30:22 EST Time to check back in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804913 As I believe I mentioned, I had surgery last Tuesday, March 20, to remove an ovarian cyst that had gotten really large. Seriously, it was the size of a grapefruit. That's ridiculous. Happily, it was not cancerous, so I am just recovering from surgery and not having to worry about anything else. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you about recovering from a laparoscopy. First, there are these little incisions that my panties sit over. Then there's internal pain - not enough for me to think I need pain kil... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 02:45:52 EST Eat Like a Guinea Pig - Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784777 On Saturday, after reading up on things following being informed that cysts like sugar (yes, they do; if you have ovarian cysts it is a good idea to cut back on sugar), I decided to spend the next week (from now until my surgery next Tuesday, basically) eating like a guinea pig. <BR> <BR> This is the plan I am following: <link>https://www.wrc.net/index.php?option<BR>=com_content&view=article&id=329&Itemi<BR>d=744 </link> - now you know I'm not just making stuff up whole cloth. <em>211</e... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:02 EST REVOLUTION - 100 Days Challenge (Days 82-90) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672922 Phase 9 <BR> <BR> Opportunities: The finish line is in sight. Are you excited? Scared? Proud? Spread the word about the challenge. Share your accomplishments with a friend. <BR> <BR> Day 81 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 8 (Sunday, January 1, 2012) <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 222 lbs this morning! <BR> <BR> I am going to focus on getting some type of physical activity in every day, and I am going to focus on continuing this trend of eating more fruits and vegetables. <BR... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 01:12:47 EST About my "Aspects" and so on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658100 Here is where the idea of having "Aspects" instead of "Goals" comes from. This is a blog post I wrote on another web site. <BR> <BR> Thanks to Julie Morgenstern, I've already done most of the conceptual work I need to do in order to create a workable plan, and this plan isn't based on "goals," it's based on "dreams." In other words, instead of writing up a bunch of goals for each conceptual area of my life, I'm going to describe my dreams for the future and then try to make sure that the thi... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 21:26:09 EST A&I BSG TEARS: January Goals * REVOLUTION update days 77-81 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648854 I've decided to drop the word "goal" from my vocabulary this year. I'll make another post about my year's plans, and I'll explain a bit more then; for now, what you need to know is that I've decided to call the things I hope to achieve this month ASPECTS. Now, that probably doesn't make a lot of sense without all the other information, but I promise it will be clearer soon! <BR> <BR> So my ASPECTS for January are as follows: <BR> <BR> Family: Make a family newsletter and send it out. Plan f... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:11:10 EST Christmas; A&I BSG Poinsettias blog (December goals review); REVOLUTION - 100 Days Challenge (Days 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640347 J and I left late for my parents' on Saturday and had to go back for my medication 20 minutes into the trip. *sigh* We did eventually get there, and then we decided to go to the 9.30 p.m. service at the church next door instead of going to all of the services Dad had to lead that day (he has a three-point parish and started at 5.30 p.m.). Church was lovely. <BR> <BR> Sunday morning we got up and had breakfast and opened our stockings. Then we went to church. We came home and got the turkey i... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:25:41 EST A&I BSG POINSETTIAS: Week Four Blog: What I've Accomplished in 2011 (Also, REVOLUTION - 100 Days Ch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635326 What have I accomplished in 2011? <BR> <BR> In January, I packed up our house and cleaned it as best I could. <BR> In February, I melted snow for cooking and washing water when the cistern stopped working properly. <BR> In March, I started seeing an ADHD Coach. <BR> In April, I began working on a screenplay of a novel I wrote several years ago, which required me to change the story a little, making it stronger and more interesting. <BR> In May, I took up running. <BR> In June, I discovered t... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:58:51 EST REVOLUTION - 100 Days Challenge (Day 70) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634189 ~*~ <BR> <BR> Trust: Your team is here for you. We are fellow soldiers -- comrades in arms. You will get by…with a little help from your friends. Share something you have been struggling with and ask for help. <BR> <BR> Day 61 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 6 (Monday, December 12, 2011) <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 228 lbs. <BR> <BR> I wound up eating candy last weekend; goal for this phase is to not eat any candy at all once what I've got is gone. <BR> <BR> I am also ... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:12:18 EST Christmas is coming... Also, REVOLUTION - 100 Days Challenge (Days 63-69) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632951 J and I finally got our Christmas shopping done. (He probably still needs to look after something for me, but everything else is done.) I started wrapping this morning. Parcels will hopefully go out Thursday at the latest, which of course means people won't have things in time for Christmas, but maybe we'll do better next year. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> We're going up to my parents' for Christmas, leaving on Saturday. They're only about an hour and half away now, so it's not a long trip. The o... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:21:26 EST A&I BSG POINSETTIAS: Week Three Blog: My life since joining SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627122 I joined SparkPeople in May 2008. I proceeded to gain a bunch of weight and then slowly dropped it with lots of plateaus. I'm currently at my lowest weight since joining SP - that is, it's lower than it was when I joined! <BR> <BR> I have had a lot of changes since I joined SP - not necessarily because of my membership here, but just general life changes. I've moved more than once (and one of those moves was to a whole new province) and I got married. I discovered running. I've had guinea pi... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:10:47 EST REVOLUTION - 100 Days Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624373 Phase 6: Unlearning: Smoker? Carb addict? Couch potato? Doormat? What unhealthy behavior do you want to remove from your life? Identify and make it so. <BR> <BR> Day 51 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 5 (Friday, December 2, 2011) <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 223.5 lbs this morning. <BR> <BR> And I am going to improve my consistency. I think I am seeing a theme/pattern. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Day 52 Identify unhealthy habits you want to break (Saturday, December 3, 2011) <... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:01:54 EST REVOLUTION - 100 Days Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619224 Phase 6: Unlearning: Smoker? Carb addict? Couch potato? Doormat? What unhealthy behavior do you want to remove from your life? Identify and make it so. <BR> <BR> Day 51 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 5 (Friday, December 2, 2011) <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 223.5 lbs this morning. <BR> <BR> And I am going to improve my consistency. I think I am seeing a theme/pattern. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Day 52 Identify unhealthy habits you want to break (Saturday, December 3, 2011) <... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 14:22:07 EST A&I BSG POINSETTIAS: Week Two Blog: Dear Santa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617929 Dear Santa, <BR> <BR> It's been a very long time since I've written. I hope you don't hold it against me. <BR> <BR> This year, I would like a duvet for my bed; yarn for knitting; more guinea pigs; and maybe another kitty and a puppy! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> <BR> Janna <BR> <BR> ~*~ <BR> <BR> Phase 6: Unlearning: Smoker? Carb addict? Couch potato? Doormat? What unhealthy behavior do you want to remove from your life? Identify and make it so. <BR> <BR> Day 51 Weigh in/Decide what you ... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 14:38:54 EST Behind but not letting it get to me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616521 I spend most of my life in constant motion, trying to catch up to where I intended to be at any given moment in time. Today has been no different. I know where I spend my time and how I sabotage myself; I just have an incredibly difficult time avoiding the self-sabotage. <BR> <BR> I suppose it's the same across the board. It's hard to keep from sabotaging exercise, diet, and other intentions, as well. <BR> <BR> They say recognizing you have a problem is the first step, but I've done that fi... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 14:19:33 EST This weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615197 As a general rule, I try to be available on the weekends for J, since he's home on Saturdays and Sundays and it's the best time for us to spend together. Even if we're just watching TV shows on the computer together, I prefer not to be sitting there with the laptop open in my lap, because it really makes me more inaccessible. Knitting is more productive, anyway. As a result, you won't see me around SP much on the weekends. I'm using the app on my iPod to track my food and whatnot, just no blo... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 16:49:48 EST Twelfth Night and REVOLUTION - 100 Days Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611302 Okay, two questions to answer and an update on my challenge goals and then I must go to bed. It is getting late, and we have church in the morning! <BR> <BR> TWELFTH NIGHT <BR> <BR> Christmas is 12 days long and actually begins on Christmas Day. It's celebrated on the evening of January 5; the next day, January 6, is the Epiphany - the day that commemorates the visitation of the magi. <BR> <BR> Several years ago, I decided to celebrate Twelfth Night with a dinner party at my home. I had a ... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 00:44:04 EST A&I BSG POINSETTIAS: Week One Blog: December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4609220 Well, I'm back and I joined in the A&I BSG challenge because challenges have always kept me better focused than anything else. I think it's partly the accountability - I have someone specific to report to every week, and my team does better when I do better! <BR> <BR> One of our challenges for this first week is to write a list of our goals for the month. Over the last little while I've been refining my overall goals and my to-do lists and the like, so since our goals can be in any area of l... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 10:51:56 EST My Dieting Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512419 I don't really know for sure how long I've been overweight. I know that in high school, I weighed about 165 lbs, which is now my goal weight. It will put me at the high end of the ideal BMI for my height, but since I am hoping that most of that will be muscle and since I know that I have a large frame, I feel that this is a good goal. I will even be fine with it if I level off at 170 or 175, since I know that I am building muscle and losing fat regularly now. <BR> <BR> I finished high school... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:17:01 EST Not back to normal yet...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510653 But slowly trying to get there. <BR> <BR> I'm finding it difficult to stay on track with my daily plan lately. That doesn't mean it's not working, it just means that I'm having trouble focusing and following a plan. That's ADHD being annoying. Wish I knew why. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Work has slowed down, which is nice after the mad rush to get the special project finished. I am wondering if part of the problem now is that I don't know what to do with myself when I haven't got deadlines loo... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:22:49 EST Guinea pig gone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4496724 Needing to get back to some semblance of normal. <BR> <BR> Guido, my four and a half year old guinea pig, died on Saturday morning. Batman will see the vet tomorrow afternoon. <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday, as a result, were crazybusy with getting my work done. But I did it! <BR> <BR> Now I have to focus on getting the house into some semblance of order before J's father comes to visit this weekend. I believe he is staying in Saskatoon, but of course he wants to see our place. <BR> <BR> To... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:43:35 EST Happy birthday to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486737 I turned 35 yesterday. I took hair photos, as it was originally when I was going to get my hair cut off again. I have, of course, changed my mind on that and now intend to see just how long it will grow. <BR> <BR> Since it was my birthday, I mostly just did whatever I felt like doing when I felt like doing it. I still worked on my sewing room organization, and I still did the dishes and cooked, but mostly I engaged in productive procrastination - that is, I worked on projects that really are... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:09:35 EST What a weekend... and what a day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482935 The weekend was nice, but kind of busy. And today has been more of the same - no rest for me! Someday maybe I'll be actually caught up and be able to take a few minutes. Until then... go go go! <BR> <BR> On to the REVOLUTION - 100 Days Challenge update! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Day 41 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 4 <BR> <em>248</em> Day 42 Identify new habits you want to cultivate <BR> <em>248</em> Day 43 Identify and eliminate a personal fear <BR> Day 44 Go to be... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:10:06 EST Getting things done and feeling good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4475793 So all of the dishes are clean (except my lunch dishes). And the bathroom is clean. And I swept the floor in the bathroom and in the kitchen. I also did my workout before I started any cleaning. AND... this morning I finished the SORT stage of organizing my sewing room! Obviously I rock today. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> On to the REVOLUTION - 100 Days Challenge update! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Day 41 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 4 <BR> <em>248</em> Day 42 Identify new h... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 15:28:58 EST Heat wave... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473822 Yesterday was really hot - no wind - and it looks like today is going to be much the same. There was a breeze when I was running, but I was running into it on the way out and then with it on the way back, so it didn't really help keep me cool. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am very proud of myself right now. I am getting a lot done; after tomorrow I'll be done the first stage of organizing my sewing room! I'm also sticking with my exercise plans and making sure it happens every morning - includin... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:38:47 EST Trying to stay on task. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4471766 I'm behind (again), but I'm fairly hopeful that I'll be able to catch up and get through everything on my list today anyway. I really want to get a handle on this stuff so that I can actually get some writing done! I might have to start getting up earlier so that I can start my day before J starts his; then maybe I could get my exercising out of the way and do some writing once I'm done my cleaning. I don't know. I have to keep thinking about it. <BR> <BR> <BR> On to the REVOLUTION - 100 Da... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 14:38:03 EST Migraine but I didn't let it throw me off too much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469700 Not my migraine (I don't get them, thank goodness), J's migraine. He doesn't get them too often, but when he does it usually messed up my entire day, not just his. Somehow, though, I have been managing okay today. I'm a little behind, but not as badly as I usually am, and my day hasn't been completely sidetracked the way it usually is if he's at home. <BR> <BR> I went for a run this morning and really enjoyed it. It's amazing to me - I never would have guessed that I would like running this ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 15:00:37 EST It's J's birthday today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4467989 J turns "29" today. (He's actually 33.) So far we have had a pretty nice day. He's been reading his new book that he got yesterday at the mall - Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher - and we just got back from a trip into town to pick up some things from a fellow parishioner. This couple is moving into a smaller home. They're retired, and their grandchildren are young adults. They are both professionals, and she used to be a professor of Old English - a topic which just happens to be one of J's intere... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 18:24:48 EST Labour Day weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464548 So Monday is Labour Day; it's also J's birthday. He'll be 33. I'm not sure yet what I will give him for his birthday present, but I'm thinking about making him a cheesecake. I have a springform pan, two blocks of plain cream cheese, and the golden graham cracker crumbs to use for the crust; I just need to find a recipe and make sure I have all the ingredients. I think his favourite is cherry New York cheesecake. I'm not interested in keeping this healthy, so please share your favourite and ri... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 17:04:55 EST Back on the site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462976 I suppose it's fairly obvious by now that I'm kind of on-again off-again with SparkPeople. That doesn't mean that it doesn't work for me, it's just an indication of how most things in my life are: I'm enthusiastic and get stuff done fairly regularly for a while, then I fall off the wagon and get enthusiastic about something else for a while. I usually rotate back when it comes to interests, and with things like SparkPeople I fall away and then come back in regular cycles. I learn something ne... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 16:32:15 EST Moving on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390053 Today I am starting Phase 5 of the REVOLUTION - 100 Day Challenge. The theme for the next ten days is LEARNING. <BR> <BR> Learning: Change isn’t easy. It takes guts and determination and the willingness to learn new things. Do you want to be more organized? Do you want to learn to belly dance? Do you want to start a new skin care regimen? Choose something you want to add to your life to make a positive change. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Day 41 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 4... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:55:53 EST Playing Catch-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4387919 Okay, so here is the rest of Phase 4; tomorrow I'll start Phase 5. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Day 31 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 3 <BR> <em>248</em> Day 32 Share something you've never told anyone -- happy, sad, funny, weight related or not <BR> <em>248</em> Day 33 Identify and release old anger <BR> <em>248</em> Day 34 Perform a random act of kindness <BR> <em>248</em> Day 35 Post something inspirational (Quote, photo, song lyrics) <BR> <em>248</em> Day 36 Drink ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:44:24 EST FRUSTRATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377624 I got out for my run. <BR> <BR> Other than that? Nothing on my list is done, and I just remembered that I forgot to put that I'm babysitting tonight. <BR> <BR> I think I'm done with today. I want it to be tomorrow now. <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Day 31 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 3 <BR> <em>248</em> Day 32 Share something you've never told anyone -- happy, sad, funny, weight related or not <BR> <em>248</em> Day 33 Identify and release old anger <BR> ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:35:47 EST What a weird day I'm having... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375222 I wound up reading until 2.00 a.m., plus it stormed most of the night. It's still raining today. The clouds are just booting it across the sky, too. So I haven't gotten out for my run yet today, and I'm a little concerned that it just isn't going to happen. *sigh* <BR> <BR> I'm having a lot of trouble focusing today. I don't have TONS to get done, but I do have some stuff to do for work, and I should deal with the laundry. <BR> <BR> What a day. <BR> <BR> (Will post tomorrow about how much ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:20:23 EST Reporting in...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4372741 I had a lovely day yesterday and enjoyed meeting up with my parents. J and I took them out for dinner at Boston Pizza. Their wedding anniversary is on Thursday - they have been married for 38 years! <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> Update on the REVOLUTION - 100 Day Challenge. <BR> <BR> So I'm in Phase 4 still, on Day 34, which I am saying was yesterday since I was away for so long. Everyone I started with is WAY ahead of me, but that's okay. I'm not going to worry about it - I'll still finish th... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:52:59 EST Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4370377 Good morning, everyone! <BR> <BR> I started my day with a run and I feel pretty good! I don't have a lot of time as I'm definitely behind on my list, but I wanted to post this morning anyway. <BR> <BR> Getting back on track with the REVOLUTION - 100 Day Challenge *today*! <BR> <BR> Today is Day 34 - Perform a random act of kindness. I haven't done one yet, but I will keep an eye out for opportunities and hopefully I will be able to post about my success tomorrow morning! <BR> <BR> I am me... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:54:13 EST