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/ Day 22- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241748 I had lamb saag for lunch today. Very tasty. I just felt like something different. It came with white rice, which I haven't eaten in about 9 months... I haven't missed anything. The lamb and spinach were the tasty part of the dish. <BR> <BR> It was 44 degrees this morning. Cooper has gotten cuddly again as the temperatures have dropped. When it was so hot this Summer he would lay on the floor or on the bed, and wanted nothing to do with my lap. Now that it is a little chilly he has be... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:07:49 EST Day 21- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241313 It is usually easiest for me to meet my calorie quota on Saturdays when I cook and eat lunch with my parents. It was certainly true today. <BR> <BR> A friend of the family stopped by to visit for the morning at my parents' house today. She is from Toronto. She and her husband have been friends with my parents for about 40 years now I think. It was interesting to hear her stories. It was also interesting to hear what my parents thought were the important tidbits to share from their lives... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:32:07 EST Days 19 and 20- compliant and not compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240809 I didn't write a blog last night because I fell asleep early. Before I ate dinner early, which is why I was not compliant with the calorie limit of the challenge. If I had eaten the dinner I had planned on I would have been compliant, but I guess my body needed sleep more than it needed food. I was compliant today though. <BR> <BR> Jeremy is doing the end to end paddle on Lake Chautauqua tomorrow. I declined to go. I don't feel like it. I think I am turning into a hermit again or somet... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:59:16 EST Day 18- Compliant... insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239850 I didn't sleep last night. I tried, but I was watching the clock and the time just ticked by until it 4am, and I gave up and got up and read until 7:30 when I woke Cooper up to go out to my parent's house for our morning visit. I am hoping to sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> I am thinking I need to increase my calories a little more still. I got on the scale this morning and I am losing weight again. I have consistently been meeting the lower end of my calorie goal that I set up for the challeng... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:46:44 EST Day 17- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239359 It was just another quiet day with the dog. Nothing big happening. Cooper is feeling better. He goes back to the vet on Friday. I did get some paperwork taken care of today. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:50:14 EST Day 16- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238741 I am in a rut with my food choices (except for Saturday lunches), but I am actually okay with that right now. Not having to think too much about my options is working pretty well for me, and it is helping me stay at my calorie goal. I like what I am eating, and it doesn't require much thought or preparation. So, even when my appetite is flagging, I can tell myself this is simple and eat anyways. Works for me so far. I will probably get bored eventually, but for now it is good. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:43:30 EST Day 15- Compliant... gossip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238093 I am still struggling to meet my calorie goal most days, but I have met each day, so I feel I am on the right track. <BR> <BR> So, I found out today that someone that I thought was a friend is talking about me behind my back and starting trouble for me that could have real consequences. This is why I tend not to make friends. They usually stab me in the back eventually. I have a few good friends that I truly do trust that I have had forever, but any I have tried to make in the last 7 yea... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:04:28 EST Day 14- Compliant... vet visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237601 I seem to be hovering right around my lower limit, except for a few occasions. It seems to be okay. <BR> <BR> I noticed last night that Cooper was licking hit butt a lot. So this morning I took a closer look. Poor buddy has an infected anal gland. The vet has walk in hours on Saturdays, so I took him in after lunch. They took him in the back to try and express some of the infected "matter" and I could hear him squalling. Poor puppy! But the vet said they got some out, so that should r... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:50:45 EST Day 13- neurologist appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237076 Saw the neurologist today. Dad and I dropped mom off at the big grocery store near the doctor's office, then came back for her after I was done. The doctor requests that you arrive 20 minutes early for your appointment, and I try to do that, but sometimes I can't as it is a long drive and there is an issue with traffic at times. Today I was exactly 20 minutes early, they called me back after about 2 minutes, and I saw the PA, got my shots and talked to him, and was out of there by the time... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:36:43 EST Day 12- compliant... letting things go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236465 I am trying not to dwell on things I have no control over. Yes, I can be proactive. But I can also refuse to allow the negative to take over my thoughts. Today I just embraced my routine, and focused on cleaning my apartment, walking my dog, reading my books, and enjoying my life. I DO have a good life. Things have not always been this calm or stable, and I need to remember to be grateful for how good things are right now. What MIGHT happen, will either happen or it won't. I will be re... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:01:38 EST Day 11- Compliant... a quiet day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235920 I just puttered today. I did get my laundry done. Most of the day it was just me and Cooper chilling. <BR> <BR> The weather is turning I think. My apartment is a bit more bearable now. Though Cooper still prefers to sleep on the bed by the open window. He is spending more time cuddled up next to me in the recliner now. I am not sure if that is the temps or the need for belly rubs. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:20:43 EST Day 10- Compliant... being proactive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235370 I was below my lower calorie limit, so I broke out the almonds, and now I am good. <BR> <BR> I had a psychiatrist appointment this morning, and I asked about getting Cooper classified as "medically necessary", and he said it was no problem. He said I need to get together with my therapist and draft a letter and he will sigh it. The building manager can still find a "reason" to not renew my lease when it comes due next Summer, but I feel better having taken this small step just in case sh... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:27:00 EST Day 9- Compliant, but just barely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234822 It counts though. It just took some thought. I had to consider... what am I hungry for... and what do I have in the refrigerator. I didn't feel like cooking, so I went with a salad for dinner. O will snack on almonds later, and that will put me over my lower limit and let me meet my goal for the day. <BR> <BR> Cooper was eager to walk this morning. It was nice and cool. There is a new dog in the building who tried to attack a couple of people and now the building manager is making nois... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:47:41 EST Day 8- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234213 I made a quick stop at the grocery store this morning just to pick up a couple things. Mom and dad watched Cooper for me. He always looks so pitiful when I walk away without him, and so excited when I return. It was a nice day today. I got Cooper out for a good walk this evening. I have been reading more on my kindle lately, but I still like physical books better. I have read all my books at least once... most at least twice. And I have read most of the books at the local library that ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:29:02 EST Day 7- Compliant... one week in the bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233539 I don't LIKE focusing so much on food. But right now I feel like it is important, since I had gotten out of the habit of eating regular meals. Part of that was the migraines, and part of it was the Summer heat and humidity, and I have to admit that part of it was laziness... I just didn't feel like going to the effort of cooking and cleaning up after. Not a good reason to skip meals I know, but there it is. It is difficult to get excited about cooking for one at times. I just need to buc... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:48:44 EST Day 6- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233154 I had to interact with the building manager again today. Grrr... I am just trying to stay out of her way as much as possible. I know a lot of other people in the building have issues with her, but I had managed to fly under her radar until now. I want her to go back to ignoring me! <BR> <BR> I ate today. Not as healthy as usual in my food choices, but my overall calorie count was sufficient. I guess sometimes I just want a little junk food. I didn't go too overboard with it... I just ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:01:53 EST Day 5- managing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232513 Got my calories in today... despite the heat and humidity. <BR> <BR> Thursday is my deep clean day in my apartment. Got it all done. Still feeling blue. I am just owning the feelings and recognizing that I will come out the other side eventually. It is easier said than done, but I think I am doing okay. <BR> <BR> I got a new book in the mail today. I will probably read it tomorrow. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:26:00 EST Day 4- Compliant... a bit of a struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231914 If I eat everything I tracked for the day then today will be a success. The problem I run into sometimes is that I track it and then forget to eat it. I WILL remember tonight though. <BR> <BR> The building manager called me today to yell at me because she said obviously I had an "unclean" apartment since I had bugs. The thing is... I don't. There is no food sitting out, the floors get vacuumed, the bathroom gets cleaned, the dishes are washed. There is a bit of paper clutter, and too ma... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:14:36 EST Day 3- squeaked in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231405 It was close, but I made my calorie goal for the day. Right now, part of my problem is the disruption of my kitchen left over from the exterminator coming. The maintenance guy for the building can't say whether the exterminator will have to come back for a second application in my apartment, so I am waiting to put everything back into my kitchen. Right now my entire kitchen is in garbage bags under my dining table. It is exceedingly inconvenient for food prep! <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep la... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 23:54:29 EST Day 2- staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230700 It took some effort but I managed to eat enough today to meet my goal. I have to think about what I am eating more, rather than just drinking water and coffee all day. Eating real food is a habit, and one I had fallen out of during the hottest days of the Summer. I just wasn't hungry. I am working now on getting back into the habit of eating regular meals on a regular schedule. Eating with family helps. I find cooking for and with others more motivating than cooking for myself. I have ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 19:26:51 EST Day 1- Eating out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230224 I ate out today. Tim Horton's for breakfast, a Japanese restaurant for lunch with mom and Tigan, and wings with Jeremy and Tigan for dinner. As a result I had no trouble meeting my calorie goal for the day. I tracked everything, and it came out to about 1500 calories, so I am good for the day. This was highly unusual though. Tigan goes back to Maryland tomorrow, and I go back to my regular routine. I will enjoy getting back to my routine for a week or two, before something else pops up ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 21:45:39 EST New challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229558 I am aware that my lack of appetite is an issue now, so I am going to do a challenge, since that seems to motivate me. Very simple... I will eat at least 1100 calories a day for 30 days. I have been aiming for 1000 (and not always reaching it), but I think since I have stated my intent and have the accountability of reporting here each day if I have reached my goal or not, then I will be more apt to reach my goal more often. I have purposely not put an upper limit on the calories. It seem... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 14:47:02 EST Going and going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229196 I was busy all day today. I left this morning before 7:30am, and didn't get home until nearly 9pm. I did make a running stop to put away groceries. <BR> <BR> Had a lovely salon date with my niece, Tigan. The last time either of us had gotten a pedicure was when we went together a year and a half ago, so it was a nice break for both of us. The salon had a deal where if you got your toenails painted a shade of teal then 50% of the fee went to ovarian cancer research... so both of us have t... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 22:05:35 EST Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228579 I am home again after being out of the house most of the day so the exterminator could do his thing. It was bad. He might have to come back. I am not putting anything back into my kitchen until I know. <BR> <BR> I had a good lunch with mom and dad today. Not very big, but more than I usually eat, which is good. I am starting to get a bit of an appetite back with the cooler weather, but I am out of the habit of eating regular meals. I need to work on getting back into the habit. <BR> <... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 19:51:18 EST Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227891 All set for the exterminator tomorrow... or at least I think I am. I am sure I forgot something. I just have to remember to shut the windows in the morning before I leave. Dad is picking me up at 7:40am. I should be able to get back into my apartment around 1pm, but I will probably wait until 2 or 3pm. I am spending the day with my parents. I bet I end up shucking corn. LOL! This means I will probably eat a healthy lunch tomorrow at least. The tomatoes from their garden are so luscio... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:53:37 EST Preparations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227363 Started emptying cupboards in the kitchen today. I also shelved all the books that have accumulated beside my recliner (there were a lot of them!). Tomorrow I will finish emptying all the cupboards in the kitchen and bathroom in preparation of the exterminator coming on Thursday. I hope this kills off the bugs! They give me the creeps. <BR> <BR> I saw my therapist today, but it was my quarterly care plan update so we didn't have time to talk about anything in particular. That is okay. ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:45:55 EST Doctor's appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226760 Had my ultrasound this morning. There is a cyst, but the doctor doesn't recommend any intervention at this time. Otherwise things are pretty normal. Now I don't have to see him again until next August. <BR> <BR> My niece, Tigan, will be in town this weekend, so we will have a family dinner on Friday evening. Friday morning morning she and I are going to the salon for a mani/pedi appointment, and she is getting her hair trimmed. Our appointment isn't until 11:30, so I have time to go gr... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:10:54 EST Typical Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225608 Did my usual for Saturday, and went out to my parents' house and made lunch for us. But first I moved outdoor furniture on the archery field then picked and shucked a crate of sweet corn. Dad picked a second crate of corn that we didn't shuck... that one is for giving away. <BR> <BR> For lunch today we had spareribs, stir fry veggies, and sliced tomatoes. I brought the spareribs. Everything else came from their garden. I love cooking this time of year! Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:32:11 EST This and that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225053 So, I did get on the schedule for the exterminator next Thursday. He is coming at 8am, so I need to be up and out early that morning. I have a list of tasks to prep my apartment, like emptying all my cupboards, etc. I guess I will be doing that on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I have my ultrasound at my gyne dr on Monday, and a follow up with my therapist on Tuesday, So, it looks like next week will be a busy one. My routine will be shot all to heck. I guess that will make me appreciate it all t... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:14:36 EST Rainy evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224514 Raining this evening. It started raining while I was taking Cooper for his evening walk. I thought it felt good, but Cooper looked disgusted and offended. Poor puppy got wet! <BR> <BR> Today was my deep cleaning day. I found a couple live roaches and reported them to building maintenance. He came right up to my apartment and put more poison in out of the way places that Cooper can't reach. He also said he would try and get me on the schedule for the exterminator next week, since I obvi... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:20:16 EST Squash for dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224031 I slept a couple more hours last night than the night before. There is hope the insomnia will resolve itself. <BR> <BR> I remembered to eat dinner tonight! I got to the end of a book, and took Cooper for a walk, then made a quick, tasty and nutritious meal. Dad gave me a marrow squash to try. (It is a type of summer squash.) I just sliced it and sauteed it and sprinkled it with parmesan. Yum! I am not sure the temperatures have dropped much, but the humidity has, which is a relief. T... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:40:08 EST Forgot dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223445 I went to bed early last night, but couldn't sleep so I got back up after about an hour. I did end up getting a couple of hours of sleep, which is better than no sleep at all, but still not good. This will work itself out. It is just frustrating in the meantime. <BR> <BR> I forgot to eat dinner tonight. I am going to eat a late night snack. Something light. But I can't believe I completely spaced dinner. I can't even blame the heat, as it isn't all that hot today. Oh well. Time to f... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:50:49 EST Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222738 I have been having trouble sleeping lately. I know the tricks and tips to overcome insomnia... sometimes they work, but sometimes they don't. This weekend they weren't working. Two nights with no sleep caught up with me, and yesterday and today I played slug. I actually went back to bed for two hours this morning after I walked Cooper. I was just wiped out, and figured I should give my body a break. It did feel good to doze, as long as Cooper let me.I never sleep hard during daylight ho... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:41:54 EST No sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221136 I am so tired. I couldn't sleep last night. Not just tossing and turning... I mean not sleeping at all. I am going to bed early tonight. It was a long day. Another 90 degree day. Though I spent some time in the AC in dad's car and at the drs office. Finally got the cleaning done that I normally do on Thursdays, and did my grocery shopping. Lunch with mom and dad tomorrow. My brother, Jeremy, has gout. He is improving, but was still walking with a crutch this morning. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:22:53 EST Just stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220587 I see the neurologist tomorrow. My primary care doctor wants me to repeat my blood work on Monday. My apartment is so stuffy. bleh. I took Cooper out for a walk early this morning, and he was in the mood for a nice long walk. It felt good. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:21:52 EST Medical stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219278 My Dr appt was with the gyne doc. I have to go back in two weeks for an ultrasound. oh joy. And my blood work was off, but my primary care doctor is taking his time getting back to me about what he wants me to do. If he doesn't call me by noon tomorrow, then I am calling him. This medical stuff is annoying, but necessary. <BR> <BR> It has been raining a little bit on and off. Just south of us they are having flash flooding problems, but up here we are getting a little drizzle and that ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:59:37 EST A little rain this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218025 I have a dr appt tomorrow, and I have to go for more blood work. It will be interesting to see what the scale at the dr office says. <BR> <BR> I am so tired of the heat and humidity. It was a little cooler outside today after a little morning rain, but my apartment holds the heat like nothing else. The temps haven't been dropping much at night, so there is not much cooling effect after dark. Makes it hard to sleep. I might have to buy an AC unit next summer if it is anything like this ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:41:34 EST Enough already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217470 These 90 degree days with high humidity can just stop now. I did eat today, as I made lunch fir mom and dad as per usual on a Saturday. I made ratatouille, sauteed green beans, and burgers. Lots of fresh veggies from their garden. Dad gave me another variety of summer squash to try. He said it has a texture more like a sweet potato. I will have to try it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It did rain a little today, but all that did was increase the humidity. Sigh. I am ready for Fall now. Can Sum... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:28:41 EST Another hot one... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216954 I know I will complain about the cold in a few short months, but this heat is ridiculous! No wonder my appetite is nonexistent. The heat just saps it away. I think my town has a rain repellant shield around it. It has been raining hard just south of us, but except for about 10 minutes yesterday it isn't raining here. It just goes around us. We get humidity, but not rain. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:32:07 EST I am melting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216429 It was over 100 degrees in my apartment today. Days like today make me wish I had AC. Poor Cooper was definitely not interested in walking today. I made sure he had water. But mostly he just laid flat out on the floor and breathed today. That was about all either one of us wanted to do today. I did get my Thursday deep clean of my apartment accomplished, but it wasn't as thorough as usual. It is supposed to start cooling off a little in the next couple weeks. Not by a lot, but any cha... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:53:31 EST Hot and humid day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215737 It rained last night! We really needed it. There is more rain in the forecast for the weekend. I am hopeful. Unfortunately the rain didn't cool things down. All it did was increase the humidity. So it was steamy and hot today. Neither Cooper nor I had much appetite today. Cooper didn't want to walk this morning when we got home from mom and dad's. I did get him out for an hour this evening. He just laid flat out on the floor or bed, panting most of the day, except when he jumped up ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:12:51 EST Being the taxi... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215177 I had an appointment this morning, on my way to my appointment I dropped Patty off at the hospital for a day surgery procedure... something to do with her kidneys. After my appointment I went out to my mom and dad's and picked up Cooper, as I had left him there this morning after coffee. He spent the morning out on their deck on the lead. He was happy to see me though, and excited to go home. I ended up picking Patty back up from the hospital around 4pm, then dropped her back at the ER as... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 21:21:31 EST early morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214504 Cooper seems to like early morning walks. I am not sure if I like getting up that early. But I will, because it is cooler then. Broke out the kindle today. I have new paperbacks coming in the mail next week, but in the meantime if I want to read something new it has to be on the kindle. <BR> <BR> I was actually kind of hungry today. Strange. I ate more than usual, but still didn't overeat. It is all good. I have summer squash from my parents' garden to put in dinner tonight. yum. ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 19:27:53 EST Quiet Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214009 Jeremy canceled the group paddle due to rough conditions on the lake, so I didn't have to go anywhere today. Instead I spent the day pedaling and reading. I got Cooper out for a nice, long walk early this morning. He didn't want to go out in the middle of the day when it was really hot, but I did get him out again before dinner. It was nice to just be home and read. Really it is favorite thing to do. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 23:29:54 EST Saturday lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213397 Did my usual Saturday routine, and went out to my parents' house to make lunch for them. Made a favorite... crispy pork and veggie stir fry. The pork was nice and crispy and the veggies were good too. Dad said it turned out terrific! We also had a cucumber salad, and fresh picked cherry tomatoes. Dad's garden is really producing this year. All the time and effort he spent irrigating were worth it. He said the spaghetti squash are coming in really well. I can hardly wait. I love spagh... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 19:27:25 EST New haircolor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212925 The hairdresser was hesitant to follow my vision for what I wanted to do with my hair. She said it would be costly and it would wash out within a week... but I stuck to my guns, and got her to agree to do what I wanted, and I would go into it knowing the risks. So I have purple/violet hair with magenta and sapphire highlights. I posted a picture on FB, but it doesn't show how bright purple it really is. Even my dad, who is colorblind, could see how bright it is! I was very pleased with h... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 20:36:37 EST Thursday cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212381 Did my Thursday deep cleaning in my apartment. Cooper doesn't like the vacuum cleaner. He jumps up on the bed and hides against the wall, as far as he can get from it. Now he is exhausted from all the turmoil. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I go to the salon to get my hair colored. We will see how it turns out. I don't have a camera or a smartphone, so I can't post a picture here, but I will see if my friend, jen, who is going with me, will take a picture and post it on my FB wall, so my friends th... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 20:36:37 EST Technical difficulties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211730 My activity tracker is acting up. It isn't tracking all my steps, it isn't registering my workouts, and now it isn't uploading my data. Sucks. I emailed Spark, and they said other people are having trouble today too, and they are looking into it. I use it to keep myself motivated to keep moving throughout the day. I like watching all those little lights illuminate. I guess today I will just have to be content with knowing I did my best. I LIKE having the reinforcement though. blpft! <... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 18:37:52 EST Dog stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211171 Cooper was cuddly today. I spent an hour curled up in the recliner next to him rubbing his belly. He seemed blissful. <BR> <BR> I paid for his dog license today, so he is good for another year. <BR> <BR> Cooper has stopped eating his dog food at home. I bought a different kind to keep at my parents' house, and he seems to prefer that... he eats a bowl full in the morning when I go to have coffee with them, but avoids eating the food I have for him at home. Since he eats plenty in the mo... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 20:14:56 EST Just stuff... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210557 I am having medication issues. Nothing too major at this point. More annoying than anything. There is one I take that makes me so sleepy. I feel dopey all morning if I take it the night before. I don't like the way it makes me feel. I have skipped it a few times accidentally/on purpose. My brain is so much clearer without it. I know that is illusionary, and I need to take it, but it is tempting to skip it. Very tempting. I am going to see about cutting back on the dose. I have lost... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:00:34 EST