KDYLOSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KDYLOSE KDYLOSE'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/ Early morning thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956754 When my sister and her husband were here this weekend, I took them around to see the sights. They were the same ones that my daughter took us to see when Dave and I would come up to Columbus to visit - the old German Village with the rambling 32-room bookstore and amazing delicatessen, the outdoor cafes on Grandview, the beautiful botanical conservatory - and as I took them through these places, I couldn't help remembering being there with Dave and what a good time he had. Traveling with Dave... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:05:29 EST Appointments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956511 Okay, so I'm seeing the lawyer next Monday and I'm seeing the senior employment place this Thursday. <BR> <BR> The woman I talked to on the phone at the senior employment place sounded beleaguered and gave me the feeling I was suspected of being a loser looking for a handout until proven innocent. I certainly hope she's not the "volunteer counselor" I'm supposed to meet with. Oh well, can't hurt to go in. <BR> <BR> Our workout this morning was killer! Marta, our instructor, really pushed ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 17:17:33 EST will http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955926 Not to be morbid, but I did have my sister and brother-in-law sign my will as witnesses while they were here, and when I see the divorce lawyer I'm also going to do a living will and power of attorney. I had never gotten around to any of these things, it all seemed so far off. This past winter, when I first was thinking about leaving, I bought the will online through LegalZoom but hadn't bothered to sign it yet. <BR> <BR> Anyway, doing this got me thinking about how alone in the world Amy w... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 17:14:37 EST visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955577 Well, my sister and her husband just left. We had a good two days, I took them around to see a lot of the sights and we had some good discussions about a number of things. They really liked my apartment - I was afraid they might find it shabby but they didn't seem to at all - and they loved my neighborhood. I showed them the website of the lawyer I had talked to and they thought I should just go ahead and do it, and they suggested that if Dave takes the separation agreement to a lawyer and as... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:42:41 EST two months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954794 I'm really liking this blogging, because one of the things I missed immediately upon leaving was just having someone in the house who you could tell if something happened to you. Not that I would have told Dave 90 percent of what I write here, but still, the act of reporting what's going on seems to be an important and necessary thing. <BR> <BR> This morning, sitting here drinking my coffee, I'm reflecting on how much different I feel from how I did two months ago. I left home on May 7. Whe... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:38:38 EST T shirts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954431 I've always worn men's tshirts as my default around-the-house clothes and of course to exercise in. When I weighed in the 170's, I wore a men's XL. Then when I got down to 160 I gradually realized those shirts were so baggy they looked sloppy, so I phased them out and started wearing a Large. Sometimes I would flirt with a Medium, but I was still more comfortable hiding my bulges in the larger ones. Well guess what, now the large ones have slowly begun to look too baggy and I'm replacing them... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:57:30 EST musings on ice cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953754 Ice cream holds a special place in my universe. There are times, every few weeks I'd say, when I start feeling like I need some, and it's not that I need something sweet, or something creamy, or just that I need a treat, because no other sweets or treats will fill that need. It's a need for comfort that somehow comes only from the act of eating ice cream. Mother's milk? Who knows. <BR> <BR> I observe the craving for several days before I decide to address it. I tried buying those little 2-ou... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:00:50 EST Goal weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953163 When I first created my weight ticker in 2010 I set the goal at 150, wanting to have something that seemed achievable. Every once in a while I'd change it to 145; I know it seems silly, being only another 5 pounds, but it sounded so, so far off and impossible that I'd eventually change it back to 150. It just hit me this morning, when I stepped on the scale and saw 153, that I'm less than 10 pounds away from the faraway goal. <BR> <BR> On the BMI charts I have to get down to 136 to not be o... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:50:29 EST Eye injection was fine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952873 Yay, that's over. The people there are very nice, and I could feel when he did it but it was just a second of uncomfortable pressure - did not feel at all like somebody sticking a needle in my eye. I go back August 3 for the second one. The nurse who prepped me said she's never seen anyone come through who didn't have at least some results, though some had to try two or three different medicines, three rounds of each one. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:52:11 EST rainy morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952721 Nothing much going on, had a great workout at nine and now waiting to go have a needle stuck in my eye this afternoon. Cooking up some more turkey thighs, it's cool enough to use the oven. My kitchen sink started backing up on Saturday and I'm washing dishes in the bathroom sink until I can get the maintenance guy in (pretty sure this is due to the last tenant, my daughter, not using the drain catcher all the time, though I had warned her!) We've been having way too much rain but the upside i... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:21:40 EST Boredom is good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951700 The last couple of days I'm starting to feel like I just don't have enough to do and am looking forward to starting a part-time job. I think this is a very good sign, I think it means I'm settling into my life here and am not so overwhelmed. But first it really, really is time to go see a lawyer and start the legalities with my husband. I've been putting this off because it makes me so anxious worrying about how much it's going to cost. Once I get the eye injection on Monday, I'm ready to sta... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:04:22 EST Doctor visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950826 Well I just saw my primary care doctor and she was very reassuring. She said the fact that this happened in my eye does not necessarily mean it's going to happen anywhere else, that it's not necessarily connected to other strokes. She said all people in their 60's have some degree of aging/damage to their vascular system, they just don't know about it, and she pointed out that there are people walking around in a lot worse shape than me, with arteriosclerosis and heart disease, who never get ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:13:54 EST Plugging ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949702 Had a rough night but got up this morning and made an appointment with my family doctor for this Thursday, then finalized buying my Medicare supplement to begin July 1 when my Medicare kicks in - I had picked it out but hadn't bought it, and there's probably going to be some big bills here right at the beginning of the month. Then I went to my 9 am exercise class. So I took care of the immediate business at hand, but I think that may be it for the day. I think I may curl up with my kitty on t... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:03:45 EST A really scary day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949340 I had my appointment with the opthamologist today to see if there was anything she could do about my worsening macular pucker. Only it turns out that's not the only thing wrong. In my left eye, which is the one I can't read out of, she discovered what is called a retinal vein occlusion, which is a fancy term for a small stroke in the eye. The artery carrying blood to the retina, hardened by arteriosclerosis, weighs down on the the vein, causing it to be blocked and causing swelling and hemorr... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:51:58 EST what was that saying about politics and religion? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949035 Don't try to argue about them? How about, don't impose them on people on a weight-loss site. And I'm not talking about my friends mentioning neat things they did at church. I'm saying, don't assume that everyone here agrees with you that Obama is a socialist and Jesus will help you lose that next pound. I'll probably miss out on some neat people so I hate to do it, but I'm setting my page to private. <BR> <BR> This site has had people from all walks of life since I joined in 2010, but lately... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:12:50 EST Kind of a cool thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948635 I was sitting here this morning and I was just physically restless. I'd done more than my quota of exercise this week and was not thinking at all that I 'should' exercise. I just felt a need to get moving. So I took a brisk exploratory walk around part of the neighborhood I hadn't been in: would have kept going, but cut it short because it was getting too hot. Google-mapped it when I got back and was surprised to see I'd done over two miles. <BR> <BR> I just think it's cool that I'm getting... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:03:09 EST Noplace like home - unless it's already gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948205 Well, that was a revelation. I drove the hour and a half back to my home of 16 years that I'd been missing so much. You know how I said my husband has a hoarding disorder and I'd spent years reclaiming more and more of the house (his childhood home) until his hoarding was confined to the basement and his bedroom? Well, in six short weeks he has overrun the rest of the house. And I'm not just talking messy bachelor here, it's horrendous. So it's very clear now, there's nothing to go back to. M... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:13:36 EST Mucho exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947154 So I walked the mile to my exercise class this morning, where she gave us what seemed like a more strenuous than usual workout - I was soaked by the end. Then I walked home, which was uphill with the sun beginning to beat down. Then I changed into a dry shirt, sponged myself down and now I'm off to walk a mile or two the other direction to pick up my car. I couldn't get this much exercise if I paid to go to some fancy spa! <BR> <BR> Later.... Wow, just discovered a line of popsicles at Whole... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:27:26 EST Grounded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946780 Took the car to the shop early this morning, the brake lines are rusted out and they won't have it done till tomorrow. It's been raining all day, so I've been stuck indoors. Makes it a harder day - this apartment begins to close in on me after a certain number of hours and it helps to get out for a while and get some perspective - but I did get a lot done in here, sorting through the things I'd hurriedly packed when I left. Tomorrow morning I'm walking the mile to my exercise class whether it... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:27:07 EST Another pound down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946468 It seems like the weight is just falling off me this week, every day I get on the scale and it's down more. I haven't had a run like this since I first started Sparking in 2010. I guess it's a real shock to my body to suddenly be staying within calorie range! I realize it won't last, at some point soon my body will get used to it and the loss will slow way down, but I'm going to make the most of it while it lasts. <BR> <BR> I'm getting towards a danger zone I recognize from many times befor... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:08:18 EST Elliott http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946334 Well, for two days the cat rubbed against my leg alot but wouldn't even consider sitting with me, but tonight he stretched out on the futon with me while I was laying there watching TV and let me rub his belly. Victory! He responds to 'here kitty' but doesn't seem to know his name, so I decided it's okay to change it. I have named him Elliott, because he seems like a refined and intelligent fellow. <BR> <BR> I've had this thought pop into my head several times the last two days, as I'm going... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:07:20 EST The kitty has landed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945365 Rico is busy checking out every inch of the apartment and crying a little, but I can tell he's going to be a very nice cat. This is a big transition for him too, he's been with his owner for 7 years since he was a kitten. <BR> <BR> And, after being stuck at 160 for at least a year, fluctuating up to 162 and then back down, never going below, I weighed in at 156.6 this morning. I once would have thought it was too hard to try to lose weight during a rough time like this, but it's actually gi... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:03:06 EST A good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944558 I am pleased to report that I feel fine today, have not had one sad or lonely spell. Not sure I trust it to last yet - maybe it was just having the dog, and then my daughter wanting to stay and visit when she picked up the dog - but this feels pretty darn normal, like I'm living a regular life and not some bizarre abberation. <BR> <BR> I also talked to my husband on the phone, he seems to have accepted my leaving. Somebody has obviously been talking to him, I think his sister (who I like a l... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 17:06:43 EST Man's best friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943838 Yesterday evening was probably the first evening where I didn't feel bad. I don't know if I'm getting over the hump or if it's just because I have daughter's dog for a few days. It really does make a difference having a living creature here who depends on me. Hopefully when I get my cat on Monday he will fill the bill too - though unfortunately not the part where I take him out for lots of walks, unless he is a very weird cat! <BR> <BR> Also my sister called and she and her husband want to ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:15:48 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943506 Another exercise class - I can go every morning Monday through Friday and right now it is a lifeline. Daughter's dog is with me today and it's so much nicer to have an animal around. Also I've been looking all over for an inexpensive or used livingroom chair that would fit my back and also fit in my car, because this futon has been aggravating my back - finally found one this morning. Never thought I'd so appreciate just being able to sit up straight! <BR> <BR> I think using this time to dro... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:08:17 EST Just more stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943108 This writing is therapeutic for me right now, so forgive me if I just go on and on. <BR> <BR> Let's see, what did I accomplish today. Went to morning exercise class. Got the name of a good local mechanic from the instructor, which takes a load off my mind - I've been worried about not knowing where to get my car towed if it breaks down. Tried to adjust this damn futon that's still not comfortable to sit on, but made no headway. Made lists of things I need to do: choose a Medicare supplement ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:13:34 EST Creole Funk band! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942572 Tonight I walked eight blocks to the neighborhood library where a Creole Funk band was performing on the lawn. There were lots of people my age, lots of young families, and little children running around everywhere. This is something that would never happen in a million years in my old town. Their musical events consisted of the same old tired 'orchestra' playing the same old tired pieces, while everybody sat stonefaced in their folding chairs. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 21:28:13 EST Met a lovely doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942466 So the exercise instructor had scared me to death saying I had a pinched disc, and I made an appointment for today with the doctor she referred me to. So of course I woke up this morning and my back felt much better. Felt like an idiot going to the appointment, but it was too late to cancel. Turns out it was a good thing, because now I have a new doctor, a lovely young Asian woman who really took a lot of time to talk to me, and is on the same wavelength as my old doctor as far as preferring ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 17:11:39 EST an evening stroll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942158 Yesterday started out bad again. I went to exercise class and I asked the instructor again afterwards about this pain on one side of my middle back where it feels like I tore a muscle. It started when I was camping out in daughter's livingroom and both her couch and her armchair were terribly uncomfortable. They're so oversized that you can't sit with your back against them and your feet on the floor - she's young and likes to sit cross-legged yoga-style on them. After a few weeks of trying t... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 06:37:05 EST A new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941044 Yesterday morning started out bad. My daughter was supposed to come over to get the rest of her stuff and help me with the Ikea tables, and I'd been pathetically looking forward to it all week as she's the only person I know here. When she said she couldn't do it till Sunday, I got off the phone and started crying. I couldn't face an empty day in the empty apartment. So I jumped in the car and drove the hour and a half back to where I used to live to get the rest of my belongings out of the s... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 07:21:09 EST just more thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940472 Well, I was right that starting to fix this place up, especially getting my little kitchen in order, has gotten me over being homesick for my house. The house wasn't really all that great. I had carved out certain rooms that I kept normal - the livingroom, the kitchen, and my bedroom - and I fought hard to keep them that way, but there were other areas that I just tried not to think about. Over the years I had gained territory, eventually bringing in a driveway dumpster and reclaiming the ent... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 23:42:17 EST Found a terrific exercise class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939594 A mile from my apartment at the neighborhood rec center, this woman teaches a class every morning Monday through Friday and she really knows her stuff. I met her last week but finally started going today, after my major moving in was done. I think I'll be going every day - she alternates every other day with free weights so it wouldn't be too much. <BR> <BR> She's a little bossy but that's fine, she can boss me around all she wants: a muscle on one side of my back about midway down, I think ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:57:47 EST Those pesky age reminders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938551 So I drove an hour and a half to Ikea to get some of their tables that you put together yourself - a side table for $10, a coffee table for $20 - which have the distinction, besides being cheap, of fitting in my car, which a lot of furniture doesn't. Loaded the boxes myself, I'm cool, hey I'm not too old for this stuff. Only after I set up the side table, which involves twisting each leg about 15 times until it's screwed in to the top, my right hand was so cramped up with pain that I couldn't... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:00:02 EST Finally, I live somewhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937765 That was a long three weeks, camped in my daughter's livingroom, but now she's in her new digs and I'm settling in. I think in some ways, even though we were way too much in each other's space, it was a good experience - I think I've come to know the grownup person she is now a lot better, and I think she has let down her guard and understood that I'm not seeing her as a teenager. (Though at 26 she still strews her belongings on the floor like a teenager. Living in the middle of that chaotic ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:41:17 EST Report from the edge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933344 I don't know, feels like the edge of something. <BR> <BR> This is going to be a long one, ladies. I started writing some of this two days ago and then I hit something by accident and my entire text disappeared. Writing in a doc and copy/pasting this time. <BR> <BR> I did some googling and it turns out there is actually a name for what I'm doing, Gray Divorce. Divorce among Boomers has risen 30% and now accounts for 1/4 of all divorces. And the rate is even higher among Boomers in second ma... Sun, 24 May 2015 06:49:12 EST Going back to tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930006 With my life so unstructured at the moment, tracking feels good. Plus, the first few days I let myself eat for comfort but I really don't want to gain weight right now or feel sluggish. <BR> <BR> I called my husband yesterday to tell him I would pay to get a separation agreement which we could both sign, agreeing on what belongs to who and that we're not responsible for each other's debts, and then we could decide what to do next. <BR> <BR> You have to understand that he has absolutely no ... Mon, 18 May 2015 08:08:20 EST Forgot in all the excitement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928780 Just had my six-month A1C and it went down a point from 6.1 to 6.0 - still in prediabetic range, but it's been four years now that I've maintained a lower-than-diabetic reading. <BR> <BR> Of course this week my routines are all shot to pieces, no Senior aerobics class, not in my own kitchen preparing my foods. But I'll get back to all that. I may gain two or three pounds before I settle in, but it won't be more than that. And I'm doing a lot of dog-walking. Fri, 15 May 2015 18:51:48 EST Enormous Changes At The Last Minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928035 This is actually the title of a book of short stories by Grace Paley that I have always loved, but I think it's also a good title for this post. Just two months short of 65, I'm leaving my husband of 15 years and moving from his small Ohio town to Columbus, where my daughter lives. <BR> <BR> This is something I've considered doing for a long time, and now, with my daughter grown and my retirement and a little money I inherited recently, my way is clear to do it. It's scary, but it feels lik... Thu, 14 May 2015 11:05:59 EST Meanwhile, 8 weeks later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893329 Hi All. I'm still here, but I never did go back to tracking, which means I hardly ever get on this site. But once in a while I check in just to see how my Sparkfriends are doing. I think they call that lurking? <BR> <BR> My weight is holding steady at 160 without tracking, which I attribute to the imminent threat of diabetes always hanging over me - even when I'm not counting calories, I'm still sticking religiously to low-carb, lots of protein, and good fats, and I think that naturally kee... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:17:21 EST The party's over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840588 Well, I said I'd go back to tracking if I gained any weight. I'm only up a pound, but I'm going to do it. The truth is I'm ready anyway. I was just a little burned out on it and needed a break. I really want to drop another 10 pounds this spring and then sit comfortably at 150 for a while, see how I feel about it. <BR> <BR> Not tracking also means I don't go to this site much and have been losing touch with my Sparkfriends, so that's another benefit of doing it. Also, I've really been slacki... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:54:51 EST Just idling in place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830354 Maybe it wasn't good that my doctor seemed so okay with my weight. I seem to have given myself permission not to lose any more. Or at least I've stopped pushing at it. I'm still very much paying attention to what foods I'm eating, sticking to my low blood sugar plan. I'm still exercising a minimum three days weekly. What I haven't been doing is tracking for almost a month now, and my weight has stayed the same. So apparently, I have maintenance down cold... just not really at the weight I th... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:17:25 EST family racists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825159 As most of you who I correspond with regularly know, I am Jewish. I grew up in a middle-class bedroom suburb of Washington D.C., where people were pretty sophisticated and cosmopolitan. For the past 15 years I've been married to Dave, a lapsed Catholic, and we live on one of the houses on his family farm, surrounded by his cousins, in one of Ohio's most white, Republican, Catholic counties. Everybody here is from the same background, and many of them have never lived outside this area or kno... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:05:41 EST Turkey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824595 This weekend is my annual post-Thanksgiving turkey cooking marathon. Yesterday we got three fresh 26-pound free-range turkeys marked down to half price. I roast them, make soup from the bones, and dice up the meat to store in freezer bags and use in all my poultry dishes for months to come. It's labor intensive but well worth it. My cats are going nuts. <BR> <BR> Of course it helps that I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner for my family, that would be a bit too much! I did make a nice raw cranb... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:30:00 EST My doctor says it's a good sign that I'm having trouble losing weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811326 I had my six-month visit today, and my doctor is happier with my weight and stats than I am, bless her tiny little 100-pounds-soaking-wet self. She says - get this - that the fact I'm having a hard time losing more weight is a sign that I'm healthy, and that my body seems to be happy at the weight it's at (25 pounds over on the charts) and that I should just keep doing what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> My blood sugar is still prediabetic, up one point to 6.1, but still good compared to the 6.8 I h... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:09:18 EST Made it home in one piece http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788058 ...barely! On the way home the motors in two windows died and our brakes started burning up in the mountains, plus we got miserably lost! But the rest of the vacation was fine. Saw my siblings and started three good oil paintings of them that I'm going to finish from photos, and did a lot of walking on the beach. <BR> <BR> I didn't remember to weigh myself this morning before eating so I'll do it tomorrow. I feel like I've lost weight, hope it's true. I find it so much easier to eat less w... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:32:53 EST heading out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773812 We'll be leaving Monday for our annual September trip the beach in Delaware, where my family has a shared beach house. This year will be our longest stay, 2 1/2 weeks. Part of the time we'll have visitors - my siblings coming out for a weekend reunion, and then DH's brother coming for a few days - but a lot of it will be just us and the ocean. I'm bringing my paints and hoping to corral people for quick portraits. <BR> <BR> When we return, it's going to be time to get a part-time job. I can'... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:09:10 EST Attack of the giant sugar snap pea vines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762038 This is me standing with the vines growing over my head. Never had them this big before! It's a giant fresh salad bar for those of us who love raw sugar snap peas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l282275799.jpg"> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:29:06 EST Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757550 I think these sinus infections and miscellaneous bugs I pick up for a few days here and there - what seems like a few times a month, though I've never kept track - are my biggest obstacle. When I'm under the weather, exercise goes by the wayside. My stomach doesn't feel ready for my normal diet of lots of protein and vegetables, and instead I'm craving high-fat, salty foods. Even if I stay within my good foods and track, measuring my peanut butter and wieghing my sweet potato chips, these kin... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:25:27 EST surprise craving attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751647 A few days ago I was watching a tv show in which a man was trying to ice a cake for his mother's birthday, when all of a sudden I experienced this immense craving for frosting. Thick, buttery white frosting. It was much stronger than the mild snacking urge I know can come from commercials. Anyway, I just tried to forget about it. I knew I could make a little portion of frosting with cream cheese and xylitol, a new sweetener I've been using, with a dash of vanilla and lemon juice, and it would... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 11:59:36 EST my little studio by the back door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747449 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1846330253.jpg"> <BR> <BR> White rectangle is a plastic pallet with lid to keep cats out of my paints. But they are still creeping into my paintings, like this one where Smokey decided to add herself to a still life. I took a photo to finish her up with. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:47:33 EST