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/ Quick update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986933 I am off to the Moonlight Paddle. Won't be home until late. Had a good day. Lunch with my parents, fitness all afternoon, and now kayaking for a couple of hours. Still don't know if we are going out tomorrow or not. Waiting to hear about that. <BR> <BR> A good day. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:33:39 EST Trying new foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986535 So I ordered these pasta/rice substitutes online. I just wanted to try them out. Yesterday I tried the Miracle Noodle Fettuccine. I left them in the boiling water just a little long, which meant they were the tiniest bit slimy, but I added cheese and vegetables and really enjoyed it overall. Tonight I tried the Miracle Rice, again with cheddar and vegetables. I preferred the rice, but that might have more to do with the fact I took them out sooner, so they weren't slimy at all. Best of ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:47:58 EST Just another day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985918 My days tend to have a sameness about them. Not that I am complaining mind you... I enjoy the routine. But sometimes I just want to mix things up. That day was not today though. Tomorrow I have a neuro appointment and a massage scheduled, so it will probably end up being a rest day. That is a change. <BR> <BR> The college students are back, and they are noisy late at night. I think they were celebrating someone's 21st birthday last night, because there was a loud drunken party across f... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:03:24 EST Slowly, but surely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985372 I have been on the go all day today. Just got back from walking Cooper for the 4th time today (total time 3 hours), also had a short visit with mom this morning, and made a lightning fast trip to the grocery store. I have really been mixing up my workouts lately. I keep trying new things and adding them to my workout each day... rather than substituting them. I might need to rotate them, rather than doing everything every day. <BR> <BR> Food was on target today. I track everything here ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:46:37 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984699 Stayed active today. Tried a taebo workout. Man, did I sweat. (And laugh at myself.) I might go for a run this evening as the weather is just about perfect. <BR> <BR> Cooper got 4 walks and is a happy dog. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:00:00 EST Research, eyes, and juggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984010 I researched climbing walls in my area last night. Closest I could find was North Tonawanda. Reasonable rates, and they provide lessons, and rent equipment. Now I just have to find someone to go with me. It might have to wait until my niece comes to visit, as she is the only one I can think of who would do it with me. I want to do it, but I don't want to go alone. Bravery requires company! I am pursuing it though, not just letting the idea simmer. <BR> <BR> I cranked out the exercise ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:53:15 EST Facing down depression and fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983393 I struggled on my run today. I maintained a decent pace, and ran for over an hour, but it was an effort to convince myself I could do it. I think half the time I am fighting with myself to get through my workouts, but the result feels so good! Pump the heartrate up, and push the muscles further, harder, and the endorphin rush is all the reward I need. It makes all the effort and arguing with myself worthwhile. I really notice a difference in my moods based on how active I have been durin... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:24:55 EST Getting back to "normal" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982809 a normal BMI that is. I had let my weight creep back up into overweight status, but I am within spitting distance of normal once again. It feels good to watch the number on the scale drop. I think part of my problem with maintenance has been the lack of discrete, tangible goals. I know I need to find and set goals for myself, but I have difficulty with that aspect. The number on the scale is simple, uncomplicated. <BR> <BR> That said, I am not changing focus until I step back over that ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:08:52 EST Rocking it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982309 Had another massage this morning. I am going to go to once a week for a couple of weeks, but stay with twice a week for PT. Hopefully the combination might break the cycle of pain. <BR> <BR> Rocked on the exercise today. Started before my massage with morning yoga and a walk with Cooper, who came along to my massage again. He was very well behaved. I am impressed that he can jump all the way up onto the massage table to curl up on me, as it is pretty high. <BR> <BR> Today was Day 4 of ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:06:43 EST We lost at Trivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981791 It was our last Trivia Night as a team, and we only came in 5th place. We did well in Round 1, but crashed and burned in the next two rounds. We did win, an appetizer sampler with my guess... and we never got those bonus questions right! Ah well... end of an era. <BR> <BR> I was very active again today, despite the rain. I walked Cooper before the rain began, and timed his other walks so we didn't get rained on. I couldn't have timed better if I had planned it, but it was pure luck. I ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:08:03 EST A Summer day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981128 Got a late start on the day. Got Cooper out for his walk, went for coffee, came home did the yoga challenge video of the day while I waited for the coffee to cool. Did some workouts, then headed off to PT. I was going to take the long way home from PT, but the road and sidewalk I wanted to go down were closed for construction today, so I had to detour through the cemetery. Interesting, but not as long of a walk. Just as well I suppose, as the temps today were in the 90s and it was humid ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:04:19 EST This and that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980418 Went full out today. Walked Cooper, then went for my massage. I go to her house, so Cooper can come with me. He jumps up on the table and curls up on my butt. Then I walked him another 2.77 miles. Ran inside and grabbed my purse and car keys, and went to pick up Katie, the young woman who is moving in with my parents. We loaded the car with boxes, then drove out to my parents' house to drop off Cooper and unload the car. Then I took her to two hardware stores to look at paint options. ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:30:18 EST Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979835 The migraine is gone, and all that is left is my normal low level headache. Thank goodness! I hate being incapacitated. I still took it a little easier today, though I did go for a 88 minute walk around 12:30 on one of the hottest days of the Summer. Doh! Not the smartest move, but I survived. I left Cooper at my parents' house this morning as I had a couple of appointments this afternoon. I went for more blood work, and hopped over to PT after my walk. When I dropped Cooper off this ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:57:44 EST An actual rest day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978940 I am taking it easy today after last night's migraine. I feel kind of hungover, probably from dehydration. So far, I have walked the dog twice (short walks), and done some yoga and general stretching. The dog will probably get two more walks of the short variety, and I will do some more gentle stretching. I might not make my step count for the day, but I figure that is okay... recovery is important. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:38:45 EST I was having a good day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978543 My day started out good, and stayed pretty active and fun through the afternoon and early evening, and then my nemesis struck... migraine. The throwing up, go lie down, and cringe when the ambulance goes by, sort of headache. I live with a low level headache most of the time, but every once in a while it gets like this. I was planning on going kayaking tomorrow, but I think I will need tomorrow to recover from this one. I might have overdone it with the exercise today, which was probably... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:40:04 EST Massage and a scouting trip... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978021 Went to my massage this morning, sandwiched between two thirty minute walks with the dog. Cooper has already had four walks today, spoiled pup! When I got home from that I had a message from my brother, Jeremy, asking if I wanted to go on a scouting mission for Sunday's kayaking trip... like right away. Had to laugh, but I went along. I left Cooper at my parents' and took a drive up the lake with Jeremy. The original takeout we had considered was Woodlawn State Park, but it is a very, ve... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:11:17 EST Another active day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977477 I have been experimenting with different workouts lately. I try new workouts off youtube, and even ordered some dance workout DVDs. I tried one of the new DVDs today. Whew! What a workout! Unfortunately two of the other DVDs I ordered won't play on my computer. Not sure why. I am going to try them in my neighbor's DVD player. <BR> <BR> Also got in 4 dog walks with Cooper today, did some yoga and ST, shadowboxed until my arms were jello, did a WATP workout, a ballet workout, and now ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:45:38 EST Day with mom... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976869 I got to my parents' house two hours early this morning, so I enjoyed coffee and breakfast with my parents. At 11am mom and I left for her noon luncheon. The traffic fairies were with us and we got there in 30 minutes. I know if we had waited to leave that something would have happened to make us late though. That is the way it works, right? Lunch was okay. The lunch was at a country club clubhouse, and they had a limited menu, but I found something to eat, and turned down dessert. Aft... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:11:41 EST Keep on Moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976141 For some strange reason I got up early today. I don't have to get up early, but there I was. so... time to get moving. And I have been moving all day! I started the day with an hour long walk with the dog, followed by some ST and yoga before heading off to get coffee. When we got back I did 2 hours of boot camp workout. Then I headed out to my parents' house for a short visit. When we got back from there I did a WATP workout, followed by time on the bike, and some shadowboxing. By th... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 18:25:35 EST To be a slacker or not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975471 I was up early for some reason, so I took Cooper for a short walk, then popped him in the car to go get coffee to take out to my parents' house so I could visit with them. Jeremy was there too. I get my coffee with cream, which made mom happy, because they were out of creamer and she refuses to drink her coffee without cream. Since I showed up with my coffee she could drink some of mine. Afterward Cooper and I came home and I took him for another walk, before heading inside for a short na... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:34:05 EST Seasick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974932 I went kayaking on Lake Erie today. Five hours of waves and wind. I was fine while I was on the water, but now that I have been off the water for a while I feel vaguely seasick... and the world is rocking. Oy! <BR> <BR> It was a fun day though. There were only three of us for today's adventure, conditions were borderline for many people, and at least 3 people backed out. We met at Sturgeon Point Marina, to assess conditions and stage boats and cars. I drove myself, so that we would hav... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 22:03:56 EST Just another day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974305 Had lunch with my parents and my aunt today. I made roast turkey, fresh corn on the cob, just-snapped green beans and a salad. Very yummy. We had the turkey in the oven at 300 degrees, so it would stay tender, so it took about 2.5 hours to cook. Good thing I got there early this morning. As it was we didn't eat until nearly 1pm. I skipped the corn, but enjoyed everything else. <BR> <BR> I took the $5 I found the other day and bought lottery tickets today. I won $55. So that is a prof... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 18:29:19 EST A good day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973855 I had a nice day today. Mostly it was me and my dog just chilling. I did go to my first 30 minute massage In a series that I have scheduled in hopes of breaking the cycle of pain I have been in for nearly a year. Then my neighbor actually cooked me dinner. Shocker! She did try to give me the groceries and have me cook it, but I said she could do it. She had it ready by the time I got home from my massage. She doesn't really understand healthy eating, much less healthy low carb cooking,... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 20:44:24 EST Nice side effects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973270 Found a $5 bill on my morning walk today. I love getting paid to walk my dog! Between the change and the rare dollar bills I have found in the past couple of years, I have collected about $100. That isn't minimum wage considering how many hours I spend walking the dog, but it is a nice side benefit to covering so much territory. <BR> <BR> Three dog walks today, I think. Plus plenty of other activity. <BR> <BR> It is difficult to type when the dog is licking my hands. Little stinker! ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 17:48:00 EST Everything works out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972763 Called the PT office today and made two appointments for next week, and since I am not having PT this Friday my massage therapist suggested I start my schedule of regular massages on Friday afternoon. So, everything worked out just fine. <BR> <BR> Four walks with Cooper today, and I had human company on our morning walk. I re-invited my friend, Tricia, to walk with me, and today she took me up on it. She walked with me last year, but fell out of the habit over the Winter and never restart... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 19:32:01 EST PT appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972177 Had PT this afternoon. I was the last appointment of the day. As I was leaving she asked when my next appointment was scheduled. I said Friday, and she said they were closed on Friday, but when she checked on the computer the receptionist had scheduled me on Friday despite the fact that no one would be there. So, they are supposed to call tomorrow and reschedule, or maybe just schedule me for next week. That's okay, just means I get to relax on Friday. Sunday is the next Lake Erie Serie... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 19:50:02 EST Good timing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971623 Made phone calls for most of the morning. I got a prescription called in by the doctor, scheduled PT for the week, scheduled 2 massages for next week, and talked to mom. Talking with mom takes the longest amount of time. Then I took the dog out for an hour walk, before heading to the pharmacy to pick up a different prescription. The one that got called in today probably won't get filled until tomorrow. I timed the walk pretty well. It started sprinkling as we headed toward the car at t... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 20:21:26 EST Warm day, but fairly productive... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970951 I got to the grocery store this afternoon. I picked up stuff for my neighbor, as well as for myself. Tonight I am making dinner for her. I am just waiting for her to get back from visiting her grandmother at the nursing home. I am going to clean my apartment while I wait. <BR> <BR> Neither Cooper nor I were really interested in getting going this morning, but we got moving eventually. I think Cooper is ready for Fall. He has been spending most of his time laying flat on the floor near ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:07:42 EST Typical Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970388 It was just a typical Saturday for me. Went out to my parents' house in the morning to make lunch for them. I made tilapia today, and it came out pretty perfect... moist and flaky. Last time I made fish for Saturday lunch I overcooked it, so today was vindication. <BR> <BR> 3 dog walks with Cooper today, just a little ST, and some yoga, and I read a book while I was on the bike, so today was almost a rest day. I guess it depends on what I do the rest of the day. It is nice out, so I mi... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 18:07:54 EST Trivia win, neuro, dog-time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969953 Last night I went to Trivia Night, and our team won handily, even though there were several football questions, which our team tends to miss. I did well on the food, passing on the free "potato tots" which are panko breaded tater tots with bacon. I stuck to what I ordered and enjoyed my food. The weird part was coming home to no dog since I took him out to my parents' house in the morning, as I knew I would be occupied most of yesterday and today, so Cooper spent the night with them. <BR>... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:48:10 EST No rest for the wicked... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968808 I got a slow start to the day, and thought I was going to make today a rest day... but no. I did my yoga challenge video of the day, then just had to do a fitness blender workout, followed by 5 miles with Leslie Sansone. Then I figured since I was sweaty that I should go for a run. What the heck, why not?! Right? <BR> <BR> Add in Cooper's walks, and it was no longer a rest day. LOL! <BR> <BR> That is okay. There is always tomorrow, or maybe Friday. Probably Friday, since I have a doc... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:18:44 EST Calm night on the lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968283 I went kayaking on Lake Erie this evening. It was glass flat, and the sunset was gorgeous. I guess the smoke haze from the wildfires in Manitoba have dissipated enough that we have our sunsets back. There were 6 of us out there tonight. We launched from the beach at Barcelona, instead of at the kayak launch, because the launch was pretty slimy. Goose poop soup! I just got home from picking Cooper up from my parents' house. He spent all afternoon with them too, as I had PT this afternoo... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:46:48 EST Done for the day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967622 I just wasn't very hungry today... so I ate fairly lightly. The scale was good to me this morning, so I took that positive feeling and channeled it into exercise: 4 dog walks, time on the exercise bike, a good run, a WATP workout, my yoga challenge video of the day, and nearly an hour of circuits. Not bad considering Summer has finally made an appearance and it is both hot and humid. <BR> <BR> I also got in an appointment with my therapist and grocery shopping. That seems like enough for ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:53:21 EST Celebrating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967082 I really like my family, but they are a little kooky. We celebrated my parents' 49th anniversary this morning with brunch at my favorite restaurant. There were 10 of us around the table, and probably 12 conversations happening all at once! <BR> <BR> After brunch I walked Cooper, then grabbed a book out of TBR pile and hopped on the bike. When I got off the bike I did the yoga challenge video of the day, then a different video, followed by a WATP workout. Then I took Cooper out again, bef... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:51:11 EST Getting outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966606 Spent my morning with my parents. I went early to have coffee with mom, before making lunch for them. Today I made a big pot of ratatouille, with a side of green beans. While mom and I were having coffee we were also snapping beans. My dad had picked three different varieties, so we had to sort them before we could snap them. We got them all done though. After lunch I did the dishes, and cleaned up the kitchen, before heading home. We are all meeting in the morning at a restaurant for... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:43:34 EST ...And yet more books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966108 Ha, I took mom to the Literacy Volunteers book sale today, and bought two grocery bags of new to me books. She did too, but we donated two bags of books as well. My TBR stack next to my recliner is enormous. (Actually it is more like 4 stacks.) After the book sale we went grocery shopping, then to TJ Maxx. I bought underwear and a blender bottle with a gift card I got for my birthday. I think the washing machine eats my underwear, because they disappear and I have no clue where they go.... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:07:18 EST A picnic, and more books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965619 The visiting nurse came this morning, so Cooper only had a short walk. Then I went grocery shopping and cleaned my apartment, including doing the laundry and taking out the trash, as well as vacuuming and scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom. Then this afternoon I went to a birthday picnic for my BFF. She has a miniature schnauzer, Gatsby, that Cooper generally gets along with, so he got to come along. The first thing we did when I got to the picnic was have Jen grab Gatsby and we took both... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:16:08 EST Bookstore fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965099 I joined my BFF, Jen, and her mom for an excursion to Hamburg to visit a used bookstore that Jen had heard of and wanted to visit. First though I dropped Cooper off with my mom. I left plenty of time, so I could have a cup of coffee with her. That was nice. A couple of false starts on the day, with wardrobe malfunctions, and a last minute stop at the bank, and we finally got underway. It is only a 45 minute drive to Hamburg on the Thruway, and we managed that fine, but Jen's GPS was slow... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:28:07 EST A mostly good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964496 My blood work still isn't right, so I have to go get more next Thursday. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Other than that it was a pretty good day. I walked Cooper 4 times, hopped on the bike for an hour did 2 youtube workouts, including the yoga challenge workout of the day. I am not seeming to get any better at the yoga, but I persevere. I haven't eaten much yet today, but I am about to make dinner. Steak, with broccoli and onion. I was thinking about having chicken, but I had chicken for the last th... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:41:58 EST Trying new things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963995 A slow day for me and Cooper. I did get my blood work done. My neighbor, Patty, also needed to get hers done, so we decided to take Cooper and take turns going in to get our blood drawn. The tech was so excited that we brought him, that she had to take a quick break to go and pet him. And then one of the nurses from the doctor's office next door came out to pet him too. He was very well behaved and didn't snap at anyone. Sometimes if we are walking he gets annoyed with interruptions if ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:38:31 EST More details on last night's paddling adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963354 Quiet day today, just me and the dog. He got 4 walks today, but none of them were really long. It is hot and humid, and it tires him out. I spent a while today picking fleas off him. I am really thankful that my parents are willing to dogsit pretty much whenever I need them too, but when I get him back he always has at least a few fleas. I don't think they put a flea collar on their cat, so their house always has fleas. I treat Cooper with a topical anti flea and tick medication, so the... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:47:22 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963001 Got out in the kayak tonight. Had a blast. Didn't hit any deer on the drive home. Win all the way around! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:59:02 EST Middle of the night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962412 It is an ongoing problem of mine that if I get up in the middle of the night (around 3-4am) I tend to eat. And when I eat at that time of night I eat too much of the wrong things. I have not had to deal with cravings for a month and a half since I switched to low carb, but last night at 3am the munchies struck. I ate half a jar of peanuts. Thankfully I don't have anything junkier than peanuts in my kitchen or I would have been noshing on whatever was sweet, salty, or crunchy with no rega... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:51:10 EST Home maintenance day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961883 Today was a day I spent with the little, basic home maintenance chores. Everything from cleaning the toilet to counting my loose change. Also fit in grocery shopping and PT, along with my regular exercise, which includes about 3 hours spent walking the dog. After yesterday's rather chill day, it felt a little weird to be so productive. LOL! <BR> <BR> My SIL and brother and their family are home finally from NYC. She had surgery to remove part of her lung as the cancer was not responding... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:21:35 EST Chill day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961334 Both for activity and temperature. It only got up to about 65 degrees today, and it was much cooler in the shade. It has definitely been a cool Summer here so far. As for everything else, I just kind of did my thing. Rolling along without much stress or conflict. My neighbor tried to get me to go to coffee hour in the commons room of our apartment building, but I maintained my position, and grabbed a book and hopped on the bike instead. I can't stand socializing with a vocal majority of... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:07:47 EST Where is Noah when you need him? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960917 We had a LOT of rain last night and today. There was flooding, roads washed out, sinkholes and evacuations. We got over 5 inches of rain in about 2 hours at one point. The main road connecting the north and south ends of the country will be closed for a few days. There are ways to get around, but you have to know the backroads. <BR> <BR> I thought I was getting Cooper out for his morning walk during a break in the rain, but I miscalculated... and we ended up walking for about 15 minutes... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:15:58 EST Traipsing around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960326 Jeremy and I set out to go kayaking this morning, but when we got to Cassadaga the wind was gusting a bit too much, so we decided to check out Lake Erie... another no go... so we checked out Bear Lake, which is where we finally put in the kayaks. It took a while but we found some water to paddle. <BR> <BR> Afterward we stopped for lunch. I had an omelette, but skipped the toast and potatoes, and had one tiny bite of Jeremy's cake. I did drink a lot of water though. <BR> <BR> The rest of ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:51:21 EST Restful sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959757 I did not go kayaking today. Stayed home and cuddled with the dog instead. The plan is to go kayaking tomorrow morning. Cooper wasn't feeling like walking much, so we walked for just over 60 minutes... spread out over three walks. I don't know why, but he just wasn't feeling it today. Maybe tomorrow evening he will feel like a longer walk. I hopped on the bike and read two books today. I also spent a little time cooking ahead a little. Sometimes I like to have a couple things ready to... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:24:57 EST Typical Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959204 Had a nice day today. Started the day with a short walk with the dog. Then I packed up some pasta and flour that I don't want in my kitchen anymore, and headed off to my parents' house. Mom was pleased to get the food, and we put together a tasty lunch. We had steak, broccoli, sauteed zucchini and onions, salad, and mom experimented with a crustless, low carb cheesecake that turned out really yummy. I washed all the dishes (including pots and pans), then left, as mom wanted to go to a le... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:34:03 EST Fun birthday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958783 I turned 41 today. Started the day with a walk with my dog, then headed off for lunch with my BFF, Jen, at my favorite restaurant. I ate well. I got a tenderloin and blue cheese salad and lots of water. Then headed home again to walk the dog again. Had dinner with my neighbor (and she actually cooked this time!), followed by a movie with my brother, Jeremy. We went to see Minions. Mostly kids in the audience, so it was noisy, but I think it just added to the movie atmosphere. Lots of ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:22:42 EST