LESLIELENORE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LESLIELENORE LESLIELENORE'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/ Whole30 Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319541 I have noticed fewer migraines in the past two weeks, though I am still getting headaches... just not migraines. There is a difference in intensity between the two. So, I guess the experiment may end up being a success. I will continue for the full 30 days and then the reintroduction phase to be certain. It will be interesting to see what happens when I start to reintroduce some of the eliminated foods. <BR> <BR> The car I share with my brother is at the garage again. I am not positiv... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:12:48 EST Whole30 Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319069 I woke up early today, for no good reason. So I walked Cooper early, then got my grocery shopping done early. I had planned on doing a deep clean in my apartment, but it was more of a tidy and polish. Just wasn't feeling the scrubbing today. Thursday is my usual deep clean day anyways. <BR> <BR> The refrigerator looks much nicer now that it is well stocked with produce once again. Onions and brussells sprouts were on sale this week, so I definitely got those. I also picked up a coupl... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:24:21 EST Whole30 Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318556 I need to go grocery shopping. The refrigerator is pretty bare. I finished off a few things today, and realized there was a lot of empty space in there. Tomorrow. I have already made a list. I think I am going to do a random deep clean on my apartment too. I do one on Thursdays, whether it needs it or not (mostly because I like the way my apartment smells that day), but I am feeling like it is time to break out the cleanser. LOL. Cooper was all about the short walks today. My neighbor... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:15:57 EST Whole30 Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318082 So, two weeks into this experiment, and I am hanging in there. I think the hardest elimination for me is the complete elimination of added sugar. It isn't that I crave it, it is just that sugar is added to everything. It makes the food choices slim. I have stopped my weight slide though, which is good. I think I can go back to weighing myself once a week for the challenge. <BR> <BR> Lunch today turned out pretty good. I went ahead and did my usual marinade (red wine, soy sauce, vario... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:59:23 EST Whole30 Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317607 I have been walking a lot lately. It feels good. Cooper doesn't always go with me. Usually he gets one long walk each day, and then at least two shorter walks. Today his three walks added up to about 7 miles. And then I add in what I do without him. Plus, today I went to the gym and ran for an hour+ at an incline. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Saturday, so I am going out to spend the morning with my parents. Mom and I were discussing food options today. I think I am grilling sirloin steaks... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:53:39 EST Whole30 Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317145 I got Cooper out and walking early this morning. I thought we would go for a short walk... he seemed to think we needed to go for a long walk... so we compromised, and went for a medium walk. LOL. A friend came over and offered to dogsit if I wanted to get out and walk sans pup. So I layered up, and set out. She said she could stay for three hours, so I walked while they cuddled in my recliner under a blanket. There was actually sunshine today for a while! When I got back I did my Thur... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:52:57 EST Whole30 Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316709 For some reason today I wanted junk food. I withstood the temptation, but it was a close run thing. Sugar is insidious. And it is in practically everything. <BR> <BR> We got more snow today. Not like they are getting on the coast, but just a steady snowfall. We have a lake effect watch up for tonight. It is always a guess to see how much accumulation we will get with a watch. <BR> <BR> Cooper wasn't really interested in walking today. I took him out a couple of extra times this eve... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:40:30 EST Whole30 Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316169 Got going early this morning and pretty much kept going all day. Had coffee with mom and dad this morning. I had to make a call while I was at their house at around 8:30am, and there was a lot of interference on their phone line. And then as I was leaving at 9am to go to my appointment, dad checked the line again and there was no dial tone. Eep! So, he asked me to stop at the phone company on my way to my appointment and put in a request for a service call. Turns out there was an issue ... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:46:52 EST Whole30 Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315644 It was just a nice, quiet day with the dog for me. Winter decided to come back, but the snow didn't slow my Cooper dog down much. I did some cleaning, and walked the spoiled pup 5 times... though two times were really short. I have only turned my baseboard heat on for about three days this Winter. It hasn't been quite as bitterly cold, but I also invested in a couple nice sweaters... and my neighbors tend to crank their heat to tropical heat settings I think. I can't visit with any of my... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:48:15 EST Whole30 Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315057 It was a rainy day today,and combined with Cooper's extra long walk yesterday, I expected to spend most of the day cuddled up in the recliner, under the blankets, with him snoring in my lap. When I took him out the first time it appeared this would indeed be the case, as he did his reluctant tiptoe out the door to the first bush to lift his leg one time, then made a fast u-turn back into our apartment building... his usual reaction on rainy days. But I took him out again just after 11am, fi... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:01:24 EST Whole30 Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314615 I walked all day today... or it seemed like it. I took a short break to run to the grocery store, and of course I was standing mostly still while I was chopping veggies for lunch, but other than that I think I have pretty much been going all day. Not all of it was "exercise" per se, but it was all movement. I walked for two hours this morning after having my coffee with mom and dad, and taking that quick trip to the store, and did an hour at the gym on the treadmill. Then I made lunch for... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:48:11 EST Whole30 Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314153 I am definitely still getting migraines... have one today. It hit after I went to the gym and had lunch out with my brother. Pretty certain my food choices were Whole30 compliant, as I just had a salad and a bowl of tomato soup. It just is what it is I guess. The migraine is making me cranky. Pain has a way of doing that. But still there is a silver lining. It isn't as intense as my migraines used to be, and I am hoping it won't last as long... lately it seems if I take my migraine med... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:14:56 EST Whole30 Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313644 In the Whole30 book it said that around day 4 or 5 I would probably hate the world as I detox from the sugar and everything,,, but you know what? That hasn't hit me yet. I have been very careful about what I am eating, and I am following the guidelines, but my physical and emotional reactions are not following along expected lines. Of course I went to a mostly low carb diet a good while ago. I had lapsed a bit allowing things like crackers, cookies and ice cream back into my meal plan on ... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:05:00 EST Whole30 Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313041 I am definitely doing better at getting my calories. It is still a learning process though. I will probably get a good handle on this by day 30. LOL. <BR> <BR> After yesterday's unseasonably warm temperatures and steady rain, pretty much all our snow and ice has melted. The sidewalks were definitely clear today, and the weather was okay, so I walked Cooper for a total of 4 hours (over 3 walks). I also went to the gym and ran for a little over an hour. I wasn't quite as fatigued after m... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:51:37 EST Whole30 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312516 I got a request to blog about what I am actually eating these days. Whole30 means no grains, no dairy, and no soy products (including soybean oil), and no added sugar, which limits the options fairly significantly. It means no cheese on anything. No yogurt in the morning. No soy sauce for seasoning. No ranch dressing (and most Italian dressing contains sugar, so that is out). I have been eating a lot of salads the last three days. I boost the calories and fiber with avocado, and use pl... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 20:08:16 EST Whole30 Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312003 I did a little better today with balancing calories in. I am still amazed at all the foods that contain added sugar. It is in EVERYTHING! I miss ice cream, but not in a craving sort of way... more of a low key yearning. Instead I ate strawberries. I did a little cleaning today. Just a spot clean sort of thing. My deep cleaning day is Thursday, but I felt like giving my apartment a bit of a polish this morning. <BR> <BR> As for exercise... I went to the gym today and ran for an hour, ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 21:51:51 EST Whole30 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311391 I can see that I am going to have to put more thought into meal planning and prep in order to get enough calories in. And that is after just one day. I guess I hadn't realized how fast the cheese and ranch dressing calories add up. I am not craving them yet, but I am sure that will come along in a day or two. Investing in high quality coffee was a good idea. I was just as happy drinking it black today. <BR> <BR> On the exercise front I took a "rest" day today... which means I just wal... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 20:00:46 EST Comfort food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310857 I am starting Whole30 tomorrow, but today was all about the comfort food at mom and dad's. I emptied all the dairy and soy based food out of my kitchen and took it to mom. She said she could use it all. Part of what I took was most of a bag of shredded cheddar. Since it was there we decided to make macaroni and cheese... the real kind. Starting from melted butter and flour. I made a big pot of cheese sauce (used up the cheddar), and a full pound of elbow noodles, mixed them together and... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 19:42:24 EST Medical update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310332 I saw my PC doctor today. Can I just say that his office is not nearly as well run as my neurologist's office... I will just leave it at that. I had a whole bunch of tests done at the end of November. I figure he went for the scattershot approach since he had no clue. Turns out I tested positive for myocytosis, which is an auto-immune muscle disorder. So, now I have been referred to a rheumatologist. Interesting. I did a little research on this, and there are a number of possible caus... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 17:22:12 EST A quiet day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309892 I had a nice, quiet day with the dog. I did get some cleaning accomplished. And I made my step goal for the day... well, actually more than by quite a bit. I have a plan to go to the gym before heading to the doctor's office tomorrow. We will see what he has to say. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 22:34:30 EST No, that fitness tracker number isn't accurate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309248 The Spark fitness tracker is being phased out this month. In anticipation of that event I got a fitbit, and activated it... but I didn't deactivate my spark... so my fitness tracker is actually showing double the workout I ACTUALLY did. It makes for a startling number, that is for certain. It is okay for now as I see how the trackers compare for accuracy in mileage and step count. But it is does skew my stats a wee bit. LOL! Everything will calm down at the end of the month. Until then... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 19:44:35 EST Neurologist visit... Whole30 start date... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308676 Went to see the neurologist today for my nerve block injections. I just love that office, it so well run. Dad and I got there really early, because we left really early in case there were delays in driving due to the weather. There weren't any delays, so we were there nearly 40 minutes early. So I took my time strolling in. I checked in, figuring I would wait a while in the waiting room, but I waited less than 5 minutes before the nurse called me. She took care of getting my stats (BP, ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:33:53 EST Family dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307459 I went over early to help preparations for dinner this afternoon. We were celebrating my SIL's birthday (last weekend), and my mom's birthday (yesterday). We usually gather at my SIL's mother's house, as she has the biggest table, and she had asked for my help when I talked to her yesterday. To get ready to go, I took Cooper for a walk at noon expecting we would be out for about an hour or so... he had other ideas! We ended up walking for about two hours, despite the snow falling, and the... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:25:35 EST Saturday lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306883 Slight change in plans this morning... I had to make a detour to the garage, per my brother's request, as the wiper fluid wasn't working. He figured it was just a loose hose, but he couldn't see it where it was loose, so he said to take it to the mechanic. I took it in and waited... 8 minutes (I timed him), and it was fixed with the fluid topped off. For that he charged me $3. That is it! Three dollars! All I had was a five, so I gave him a two dollar tip for being so friendly and accom... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:40:01 EST Winter is back... more thoughts on Whole30... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306413 Yep, the January thaw is over. Of course, January is almost over too. LOL! I only convinced Cooper to go out for one reasonably long walk today, and we went to near white out conditions at the halfway point, so he has refused to take long walks the rest of the day. I felt lucky to get him to go all the way around the block this afternoon. Stubborn pup! He would probably be more comfortable if I could convince him to wear a coat, but he refuses to walk more than ten feet if I put a coat ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:26:41 EST The adventures of Cooper... researching Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305871 We had a rainy/snowy/rainy/snowy bleh day today for weather. This is Cooper's least favorite type of weather, so I waited for gaps in the precipitation to take him out. There were a few. I tried to take him out once when it was rain/snowing... he was not amused. Such a look of disgust I got from him! When we got back up stairs to our apartment he burrowed under the fleece blanket I had dumped in the recliner and curled up... and refused to acknowledge me for at least an hour. Silly pup!... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:31:08 EST Doctor appointment today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305283 My BFF, Jen, drove me to my appointment with the specialist today. The doctor said, the lumbar spine is showing arthritis and some degeneration, but not enough to warrant any treatment on their part. She did suggest considering going back to PT, though I do the exercises they gave me at home from when I went to PT this Fall. I will talk about it with my PC doc next Friday when I see him. So, it was pretty good news. The neuropathy problems are almost definitely confined to the nerves in ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:06:35 EST January thaw might just be over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304647 We had about a week of mild weather, and all the snow melted. Today we had a light rain/snow mix for part of the day, and it is supposed to start snowing in earnest on Thursday. So, I think Winter is back. <BR> <BR> I saw my psychiatrist today. We usually end up spending most of the time talking about our dogs. Really I see him primarily to just touch base and get my prescription refilled. I do more in-depth work with my therapist. <BR> <BR> I am seeing a specialist tomorrow about my s... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:35:24 EST Cooper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304012 When I first embarked on this journey of renewed self discovery and wellness I made the decision to adopt a dog to be a fitness buddy and walking companion. The first night I had I had him in my home I panicked. How could I, who couldn't even care properly for myself be responsible for a living creature? My mom talked me down, thank goodness, and Cooper has become an integral and loving part of my life. I deal with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type and social anxiety, which limits my... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:26:58 EST Walking Cooper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303372 I begged off going to the gym with my brother today, in order to give my poor feet a bit more time to heal. No need to give my blisters another layer of blisters, right? I did walk Cooper over 7 miles, in between rainstorms. Somehow I managed to time it so we missed getting rained on completely. Though Cooper's last walk of the evening was about 5 minutes long, and it started pouring shortly after we came inside. I swear he has some kind of doggy rain detecting radar. I can only think o... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:20:44 EST Active Recovery Day... plus lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302756 I didn't notice yesterday after my 15 mile run on the treadmill, but I gave myself a blister on my heel. I only realized it this morning when I went to put my boots on. So, I am going to take it easy on the running for a few days. But my boots that I wear for walking (as opposed to the sneakers I wear for running) rub in different places, so they are fine to wear and walk in... for hours... so I did. I took Cooper for a short walk this morning, then took a walk around my parents' block, ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:40:35 EST At the gym... I AM FIERCE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302217 I went to the gym today after dropping the car at the garage, then going for coffee and conversation with mom and dad and a nice walk with Cooper. Since the car I usually drive was at the mechanic's, dad dropped me at the gym. Jeremy joined me a little over an hour later. I don't like to talk politics... suffice to say I avoided watching the TVs at the gym today and focused on the read out on the treadmill, and kept on trucking. The gym was pretty deserted today, so when I timed out on th... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:25:17 EST Cooking with a friend... Cooper... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301477 I have a Puerto Rican friend who visits me about once a week (sometimes twice a week). I only mention her family background because she learned to cook in Puerto Rico, and she promised to show me how to make some dishes. So, today was the first day. We made tostones (fried plantains) and seafood salad. Fairly simple. She said that around here the restaurants charge about $20 for a plate of food like we fixed. Wowza! First she showed me the proper way to peel the plantains, then set the... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:58:08 EST Sick pup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300982 I was up most of last night with Cooper as he was sick. Poor pup. There are days I wish he could talk to me and tell me what is wrong. He slept most of the day today. I did get him out for a half hour walk this evening, so I think he is on the mend. I just felt so helpless watching him suffer. <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:43:54 EST Rainy but warmer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300213 It poured for most of the day, but it was almost warm enough not to need my Winter coat. Cooper was singularly uninterested in going outside today. He looked at me like I was crazy each time I dragged him out in the wet. My mom said he was happily ensconced in my niece's lap the entire time dad and I were gone to the neurologist, and made absolutely no noises about needing to go out while we were gone! <BR> <BR> The drive was uneventful. I had a bit of a wait for the doctor, which is un... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:50:03 EST Car stuff... brain stuff... dog stuff... food stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299518 Well, the mechanic made it so the car is driveable for now, but it needs a part replaced. The part will be in on Friday, so I will once again drop it off at the garage in the morning on Friday. My brother, Jonathan, is picking up the cost of the repair, as the car is in his name and he uses it the most. The estimate isn't too steep. As long as there are no hidden problems, it should be fairly quick and inexpensive to fix. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am to the neurologist's office in the after... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:43:14 EST Walking the dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298841 I managed to take the dog for an hour long walk, go grocery shopping, and do my laundry all by 11 am today. And I forgot to set my alarm last night, so I woke up a half hour later than usual. Cooper was willing to walk today so I took him out for another 2 hours at lunch, and a half hour at dinner time. We covered a little over 10 miles all together. He hasn't wanted to walk to walk that much in nearly 6 months. It felt good to get out and go with him. I bet he goes for short walks tom... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:13:12 EST Experimenting with greens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298193 Today was my day to cook lunch for mom and dad at their house. Mom sent me a link on Facebook a couple of days ago on a different way to prepare fresh greens. And dad's Winter garden has swiss chard, so today we thought we would give it a try. Sadly due to the high winds we have had the past couple of days the cover on the shelter he puts up to protect his garden got disturbed so the chard got a little frosted, but it wasn't too bad we couldn't use it... it was just a little icy in spots,... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:06:39 EST At the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297588 I had to talk myself into going to the gym today. From the moment I woke up it was a series of conversations with myself and decisions made that subsequently led to me getting my tuchis to the gym. I ended up doing 10.76 miles in 107 minutes on the treadmill. That is a slightly slower pace than last week, per the doctor's advice... but I did increase the incline a little. What can I say? I feel the need to get my heart rate up. I am not sure why it is such a big production in my head to... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:23:20 EST Foggy day... power trips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296884 The fog was incredible today. It cleared by about 3pm, but in the middle of the day it was pea soup! I am glad I didn't need to drive anywhere today. It rained for a while as well. I tried to walk Cooper around 1:15pm, while it was raining, and he wouldn't set foot outside, so I took him to the basement and dragged him just barely out into the rain and let him empty his bladder there. Unfortunately, the maintenance man was standing there and he scolded me for letting me let Cooper pee to... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:48:01 EST Resisting technology or embracing it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296196 My migraine lingered this morning, so I decided it would be wise to not go to the gym and deal with the loud music and the almost certain overexertion I would put myself through... instead I walked the dog, and pedaled and read. I got a box of new books in the mail yesterday that I was eager to get into today. I also researched activity trackers, and found one to order. The Spark activity tracker won't be phased out until February 21st, but I want to be prepared. LOL. The new one should ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:04:26 EST Medical Update... SPAT news... Migraine weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295464 Had my appointment with the neuropathy specialist this afternoon. She said I am kind of a puzzling case, since there was no precipitating event or cause. She said I may just be genetically predisposed to this... and now we wait to see if it happens again, and if it does I go for genetic testing. In the meantime, she said she would put my progress at 80% recovered. She okayed running on the treadmill, but cautioned me on the speed. Slower is better. She said to limit myself to "jogging r... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:53:55 EST Plans change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294802 So, my friend texted me and said, could she come a little later in the morning today. I said sure. Then she called and asked if she could come Wednesday instead. Sigh. Sure. She helps me a lot, so I will practice patience and be flexible. Then there is a blind lady who lives on the second floor of my building. She goes to adult daycare every day. When she comes home, the bus driver walks her to the elevator and pushes the right button and leaves. She is responsible for getting hersel... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 18:50:22 EST Eating lunch out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294102 I had lunch out at my favorite restaurant with my brother, Jonathan, and his family. Everyone was on time... for a change. Very refreshing not to have to sit and wait around for people. In fact we all arrived within seconds of each other. I had a simple meal of eggs and sausage, while other went all out and got big meals. I was plenty satisfied. It was bitter cold again today, and my brother offered to give me a ride home (I had walked to the restaurant), but I figured I would be short ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:49:16 EST Driving very slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293467 Yep, I am one of those people... when the roads are icy and haven't really been plowed yet I drive below the speed limit and ease up to and through intersections. I drove to my parents' house at about 20mph this morning. Any faster and I could feel the tires slipping. I like staying on the road. I don't understand the folks who fishtail speeding through intersections and going around corners. I don't like the sensation of being out of control, so I drive slow enough to stay in complete c... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 20:42:31 EST Gym day... and yet more snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292793 I went out to mom and dad's this morning for coffee. I left a little later than usual, and had to take the time to clear the snow off the car, and scrape the ice off the windshield, so I was later getting to their house than normal... but that was a good thing because dad was just finishing plowing. He said he started out this morning intending to go for a walk, not realizing exactly how much it snowed overnight, but when he stepped off the porch it was practically knee deep! So he though... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 19:50:54 EST Lake Effect Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291367 I live near the eastern shore of Lake Erie, and we get what is called Lake Effect Snow. In effect the storm system moves across the lake, picking up moisture... and then dumps it all on us. We had whiteout conditions on and off throughout the day today, and expect it to continue through the night. Tomorrow we are supposed to see high winds and frigid wind chill temperatures. Yesterday it was in the 40s. Tomorrow's wind chill is expected to be about -10F. I think I will have whiplash fro... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:45:24 EST Getting stuff done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290649 Got going early enough to go have coffee with mom and dad this morning. Cooper and I were driving down their road and were about to pass dad on his morning walk (toward the end of it), when he signaled for me to stop. So I pulled up to him. He asked if I wanted to pass Cooper out the window to him and he would walk Cooper the last little bit of the way to their house. It was sprinkling, and Cooper doesn't like to walk in the rain, but I figured he would make tracks for the house pretty qu... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 19:54:09 EST To the gym... eventually... and those pesky neighbors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289769 Got going early enough to have coffee with mom and dad this morning. Jeremy said he wanted to go to the gym at 10 am... at 10:20 he was still playing around on his phone, so I asked if we were going? "oh yeah. right." Grrrr. He is perpetually late. Whereas I am consistently early. It does make for friction at times. I try to let it just roll off me, but some days... Anyways, we get in the truck to th gym and... click. click. click. It won't start. So he pops the hood and cleans the... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:07:50 EST A quiet start to the year... until... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288957 I got a slow start to the day. Cooper let me sleep in a bit for a change. When we did get out for the first walk of the day though he wanted to walk and walk and walk. The sidewalks were mostly clear of ice, so I indulged him. Jeremy and I plan on going to the gym tomorrow morning, which means that Cooper will get a short walk tomorrow morning, so today I let him walk himself out. He usually goes for short walks the day after a long ramble anyways, so it works out perfectly. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:22:50 EST