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/ Gym day... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863174 I met Jeremy at the gym at 2pm today. I only did 5,15 miles in 51 minutes on the treadmill, but once again I cranked up the incline on the walk intervals. I did 55 minutes on the elliptical then weights. I went a little lighter on the weights today, since I did them yesterday. I will have tomorrow off from ST, and back at it again early Wednesday morning. <BR> <BR> Before the gym I took Cooper for a 90 minute walk, then put in 38 minutes on the bike, then ate lunch. Had a light lunch si... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:26:59 EST Gym day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862387 Jeremy contacted me late last night to set up a gym workout today. As usual I was early and he was late, so I had about a 20 minute head start on him. This works out pretty well, because I do more weights than he does. So, I finish on the treadmill first then go lift weights, while he is finishing up on the treadmill. We usual finish up our weights about the same time that way. Afterwards we went to Subway and split a sub. I really cranked up the incline on the treadmill today in betwee... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:14:34 EST Typical Saturday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861742 Started the day with an hour walk with the dog, then off to my parents' house to make lunch. Mom had a very pretty eggplant she wanted to use for lunch today, but she didn't want ratatouille (which is my go-to eggplant dish), so instead I sliced it fairly thin, and browned it on the grill, topped it with sauteed onions and mushrooms and mozzarella, then another slice of eggplant, and all of it topped with bread crumbs. Baked it for about 15 minutes, while I cooked soybeans, got out the beet... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:07:35 EST Gym day plus.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861300 I went to the gym in the early afternoon, after lunch. I walked Cooper for an hour in the morning with my niece. I had a light lunch then went off to sweat... a lot. I cut back on the speed a little on the treadmill, but increased the incline significantly. I completed 6.2 miles in 65 minutes, so still had a decent pace. Then I did 40 minutes on the elliptical, followed by weights. I couldn't feel any tenderness in my shoulders from the injections I had on Wednesday. Speaking of which,... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:59:17 EST No lifting today, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860562 ...My legs work just fine! I went for two runs, walked the dog, used the bike, danced, did some yoga, and stretched the restriction a little by using the rower. But no ST of any kind today. I can get back to it tomorrow. I have an appointment with my brother to go to the gym in the early afternoon. He just doesn't want to get up quite that early like we did on Wednesday. He is working two jobs right now (teaching and construction), so his days are long enough. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow night ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:26:16 EST Active day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859755 The day started early... well, early for me. Jeremy wanted to meet at the gym an hour earlier than usual so he would have time to get some work done between going to the gym and going to the doctor in the afternoon. I don't like getting up in the dark, especially when it is cold out. It was about 5 degrees out when I walked to the gym this morning. It woke me right up! I was grumpy, but wide awake. Did 7.26 miles on the treadmill, 45 minutes on the elliptical, followed by weights. Then... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:46:26 EST New doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858933 Had my appointment with my new GP today (my old one left the practice, so I just got assigned to a different doc), and she seems a bit disorganized... and very pregnant. I had to schedule my annual checkup around her maternity leave. Not that I am complaining about her taking maternity leave... I just wish they had assigned me to a doc who is going to be there. Oh well. According to their scale I have gained back the 2 pounds I lost. Ugh. On a positive note my blood pressure was 100/80.... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:01:55 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858106 Up early and off to the gym this morning. I did 7.62 miles in 65 minutes on the treadmill, 30 minutes on the elliptical and weights. Then we went to breakfast. I got my usual steel cut oats. Since I burned over 800 calories with cardio alone I needed the calories. I actually got a little light headed during the last 5 minutes on the treadmill. Anyways, I came home from breakfast and rescued Cooper from his crate, washed up and changed, then took him out for his morning walk. Things are... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:26:18 EST Relaxed day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857332 Had a relaxed day with the pup. He didn't want to walk until noon, so I sat and read until he got out of bed. I did hop on the bike for a while, but I didn't do much else. I made an appointment to meet my brother at the gym in the morning... early. So, I better get to bed early tonight, so I have a little energy tomorrow. I have walked Cooper twice so far today, and he will get one more walk before bed. <BR> <BR> I had dinner with friends, and one friend brought homemade brownies. I on... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:50:52 EST Fun and excitement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856711 I had my usual Saturday morning, with a walk with Cooper and the short drive out to my parents' house, where I cooked lunch. Today we had roast chicken, brown rice, stir fried brussells sprouts, mushrooms, and onions, apple sauce, and cranberry sauce. It came out really well. The chicken was so tender and juicy. Yum! I went to my parents' house with the plan to go snow shoeing after lunch, but I was reconsidering when inspiration struck, and I asked my dad if he wanted to go with me. He... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:26:47 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856041 I was up and out early this morning to meet my brother at the gym. I sure worked hard. I was still working the weights when Jeremy left to go to work. I am still at 270 for squats on the leg press machine. We did not have time to go for our usual breakfast this morning, because he has actual paid work to do now. I am glad he has work, but... I also like having a workout buddy, which might not happen as often now. Oh well. I just have to get myself there. <BR> <BR> So, I walked home fro... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:59:41 EST Quick check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855209 Calm day for me and the pup. Got some house cleaning accomplished, got in some exercise. Ate pretty healthy (a little too much sodium), and otherwise had a nice day. I wish they could all be this stress free. <BR> <BR> Gym tomorrow. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:47:37 EST Odds and ends... and a miracle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854512 I could not get my butt out of bed this morning, so I didn't get to the gym. Instead I did 5 miles with Leslie Sansone, then walked the dog for over an hour, before heading out to my parents' house to drop off the dog for the afternoon. I had my neurologist appointment today. Turns out my MRI, MRV, and MRA were all clear. The next step is trigger point injections starting next Wednesday. Oh boy, more needles. Bleh. I did have a miracle occur at the doctor's office though. I was 30 min... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:01:04 EST Focus on nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853820 So, after yesterday's discouraging results I decided to focus on nutrition. Or rather refocus on nutrition. I got out the measuring cups and spoons. Dusted off the food scale. Just generally made it easier to stick to my portions. Then I thought about my food choices lately. In the last week my choices have been pretty good, but I have to admit that over the holidays the fat got away from me. I try to stick to 50% carbs, 30% fat, and 20% protein over the course of the day. When I eat ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:05:13 EST A little frustrated and discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852735 I had my fitness profile review at the gym today, and the results were discouraging. My body fat % has gone up, and my cardiac recovery rate has not improved. It frustrates me to work this hard, and not get the results I think I ought to get. My food choices have not been as healthy as they were two years ago when I first lost weight, and... That is all I can com up with. I want to get back down to a healthy weight by the end of the year. That means I only need to lose 3 pounds a month. ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:48:30 EST And again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852185 Went for an evening snow shoe hike with my brother. We set a brisk pace and maintained it up and down hills and around deadfalls in the woods. We think we spotted a barred owl's nest. We will have to go out one night and see if we can spot the owl. We did that last Winter, and got a good look at the female. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym this morning just to use the treadmill, and ran almost 7 miles. Jeremy and I are going to the gym in the morning for our regular workout, so I decided not... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:40:10 EST Went snow shoeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851298 The high today was at most 15 degrees, but the sun was out, so Jeremy and I went snow shoeing after lunch. It was so beautiful in the woods. I was breaking trail, so I had these wide views of pristine snow spread out in front of me. And we crested one hill and there was Lake Erie in the distance looking cold and gray, but not completely frozen over. We were thinking of going to the gym tomorrow, but decided we would rather go snow shoeing again. We are going to aim for a sunset hike tomo... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:57:17 EST Gym day plus.... my crazy dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850511 Got up early to go to the gym, and it was white out conditions, so we waited half an hour. The snow stopped... mostly. Still cold and windy, but with layers the walk to the gym was accomplished in comfort. I really cranked up the cardio today. I did intervals on the treadmill, alternating speed and incline. I spent 5 minutes walking (very fast) at 11.0 incline, interspersed with run intervals at 6.6mph. Not the speediest pace, but respectable, and oh my... those hills! Then I did 45 mi... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:23:02 EST Trivia Night- Win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849868 My brother and I went to Trivia Night at a local bar grill. We generally go every couple of weeks. The group dynamic was very different tonight as it was a much smaller group than usual, but we still won. I like the smaller group size better. It felt like I contributed more. When it is a big group it feels like the question is answered before it gets around to me. I did not overeat either which makes it a real win. I ordered a half portion plate. That is one of the things I really lik... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 22:43:59 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848982 Met my brother early this morning at the gym for an intense workout. Ran 7.27 miles in 65 minutes on the treadmill, did 30 minutes on the elliptical, and weights. I am still at 260 pounds for squats on the leg press machine. I am content to stay there for another week or two as it is still heavy going for me. I can do 3 sets of 15 repetitions, but the last couple of reps are tough. That is good though, it means I am getting stronger with each workout, right? <BR> <BR> After our workout ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:23:27 EST A little nuts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848022 I got a little stir crazy today, so I decided to try going for a run... in the cold and snow. I made it a half hour, but it felt like I had ice in my lungs, so I gave up. I don't really have the appropriate layers for it, which makes it more problematic. Tomorrow I am going to the gym early in the morning, so I can run on the treadmill then. This time of year it seems the smarter choice. <BR> <BR> I also walked Cooper over an hour and half, did some yoga and ST, and a WATP DVD. I also g... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 21:02:41 EST Brrrrr... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847161 My silly dog wanted to walk and walk today despite the cold and snow. Wind chills were brutal today, and he just wanted to keep going, even after I wanted to turn back. Usually I wear him out, but not today. Now he is running around my apartment like a wild thing. Silly dog! <BR> <BR> It was kind of a strange day. Of course I walked Cooper in the morning, but then I went out to my parents' house to meet up with my dad (and drop off the dog). I went with my dad to a nursing home where h... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 23:06:44 EST No regrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846020 I thought I might feel guilty for begging off the gym this morning with my brother, but nope, no guilt. I did meet my brother for lunch, which was very tasty. I had a mahi-mahi wrap. The fish wasn't fishy, and the whole thing just worked spectacularly. I love that restaurant! <BR> <BR> After lunch I went for a quick visit to my friend, Peter, who is in rehab following hip replacement surgery. I managed to reset his watch for him, and promised to pass on his progress to his girlfriend. ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 20:30:43 EST Need an attitude adjustment or a day off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845107 I have an appointment to meet my brother at the gym tomorrow morning for a workout, but I am dealing with some wicked DOMS today and I am already talking myself out of going tomorrow. But then again... I looked at my fitness tracker and I have been busting my butt for about a month straight. I think a day relaxing with the dog might be called for. Knowing me I will probably spend a couple of hours on the bike anyways. I seem to be incapable of taking an actual "day off", but I won't fret ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 20:40:17 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844259 Another early morning at the gym with my brother. I did almost 7 miles on the treadmill, then weights. I am up to 260 pounds doing squats on the leg press machine, plus I added heel raises and single leg squats on that same machine. After our workout we went to our favorite restaurant, where I had a bowl of oatmeal, and then indulged in a piece of carrot cake. I have been craving carrot cake, but this didn't quite meet my expectation... so now I am craving good carrot cake. I might see i... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:25:07 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843179 Had a mostly quiet day with the dog. I did go out to my parents' house for lunch, but other than that it was me and the dog... just the way I like it. It was a good way to start the new year. <BR> <BR> I am not making any resolutions this year. I am just going to try and do the next right and healthy thing, and see what happens. I DO have goals, but there is no time frame on them at this point. For instance I am trying to get so I can squat 300 pounds on the leg press machine, but I can... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:17:39 EST Snow to end the year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842296 After getting slammed in November we have had hardly any snow since, but I had to drive to Orchard Park today for my MRA, so of course it snowed! It is quite predictable really... whenever I have an appointment there it snows heavily. We ran into whiteouts on the Thruway on our way there. And of course since it is New Year's Eve there were a lot of people out driving around. Craziness ensued. So happy to make it home safely! The test was quick and painless, though they do have to sedate... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:48:37 EST Making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841405 This week I have increased the weight on almost all the weight machines I use at the gym. In fact today I did 250 pounds for squats on the leg press machine! I think the limitation that had me at 220 for about a month was mostly mental.I am hovering right around 200 pounds with my weight, so I figured squatting my body weight was a good goal, but I have kept pushing myself, and I have well and truly surpassed that milestone. I also added heel raises on the leg press machine to my workout.... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:11:02 EST Feeling a little off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840909 I felt a little off today, but still got in three dog walks, almost two hours on the bike, an hour on the rower and some yoga. Plus I did all my laundry and cleaned my whole apartment. And the visiting nurse stopped in. Oh, and I scheduled another test the neurologist ordered. I go for an MRA on Wednesday. I expect that it will also come back clear. But I would rather know for certain. With my "complicated" medical history the doctor wants to be certain the headache isn't caused by som... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:12:33 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840106 Walked Cooper before heading to the gym to meet my brother. I ran the first 30 minutes and walked the second 30 minutes on the treadmill, then put in 15 minutes on the elliptical. I did the full weight routine, but increased the weight on most of the machines. I am still at 240 pounds doing the squats on the leg press machine. I think I can go to 250 pounds next week. We made a tentative appointment to get back to the gym either Tuesday or Wednesday. They are open 7-3 on Wednesday. Aft... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:54:30 EST Calm day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839448 We did not go kayaking today. It was just a bit too cold and windy. I did have lunch with mom and dad. It was our usual Saturday lunch date. I made turkey and veggies with gravy over couscous, with cranberry sauce and applesauce. I didn't stay long after washing the dishes, but it was nice to see them. And Jeremy and I made an appointment to go to the gym tomorrow midmorning... not early like we have been doing. My SIL is making noises about rejoining the gym. I tried to convince Jere... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 17:37:57 EST A little canine assistance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839028 I went for my massage this afternoon, and since it was at her house I was able to take Cooper with me, as she doesn't mind him. He stayed in the treatment room with me, and at first he was content with just getting petted, but I was lying down, and when I am lying down it is obviously time to cuddle and sleep. So, he jumped all the way up onto the massage table, walked up and down my back a couple of times, then curled up on my butt and fell asleep. Then when it was time for me to turn ove... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 21:35:56 EST More celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838516 We had a family brunch this morning. My brother, Jonathan, didn't even come down to join us because he was feeling so grinch-y. He really seems to hate Christmas. I don't get it. In our family it is mostly an excuse to get together and eat good food and laugh a lot. What's to hate about that? I just don't get it, but I am not going to obsess about it. After brunch I came home and Cooper went home with my parents, so I could go for a bike ride, then go off to my BFF, Jen's, house for Ch... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:19:44 EST Celebrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838135 We have our big family dinner and gift exchange on Christmas Eve, so that is what I did this evening. I did take the dog for a 2 hour walk this morning, and we took the long way home from dinner, and now I can hop on the rower or the bike for an hour or two. I need to work off some of the dinner I ate... I ate too much, but everything was soooooo tasty. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:06:04 EST Family breakfast, and more baking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837637 My niece, Tigan, was in town for the morning, so the whole family gathered for breakfast at a local restaurant. She regaled us with stories from her new job, and we exchanged gifts and had a rollicking good time. Everyone got along and, I believe, everyone had a good time. After breakfast I made a quick run to the grocery store with my dad, then went and got my blood work taken care of. When I got home I took Cooper out for another walk. (He got one before breakfast.) Then ran out to the... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:05:19 EST Baking, wrapping, etc... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836994 I started the day as I usually do with a walk with the dog, but that was all that was normal about my day. The visiting nurse popped in this morning, then I cleaned my apartment. I finished around 2pm, then I had a Dr appointment I had to run off to, followed by stops at the grocery store and the pharmacy. Got home around 5pm. I had just enough time to take Cooper for a short walk before my neighbor declared supper ready. (She actually cooked tonight!) After dinner I baked a batch of gi... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:06:02 EST Gym day plus.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836480 Started the day early at the gym. Ran for 65 minutes on the treadmill (well, really ran for 60 minutes and 5 minutes cool down), hopped on the elliptical, plus weights. I am still stuck at 220 pounds for the squats on the leg press machine. I think I could manage 225 pounds, but that is not an option on the machine. After our workout we went to our favorite restaurant for breakfast. I indulged in a big breakfast, instead of sticking to my usual bowl of oatmeal, so I wasn't hungry at lunc... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:24:00 EST Typical Saturday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836025 On Saturdays I walk the dog, then head out to my parents' house to make lunch for everybody. Today we had baked haddock with onion and mushrooms, soybeans, applesauce, and a salad. Normally I drive myself, but their driveway is still sheer ice, and dad had to go to the grocery store anyways, so he picked us up in his 4wd truck, which can make it up the driveway with only a little slipping and sliding. After lunch I do the dishes, then head home. This afternoon I went for a long bike ride,... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:04:15 EST Gym day plus.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835584 Went to the gym early today to workout with my brother. Two hour workout, came home, ate breakfast, and waited for my niece to show up to go walking. When she was 15 minutes late I gave up and called... and she was still asleep. Good thing I called. It was icy, so instead of our usual 6.5 miles we made do with 2.6 miles. Sidewalks were very slippery today. Did you know that ice is slippery? It is seems to be a continual surprise to me. LOL! When Cooper and I got home I had a little l... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:45:35 EST Winning is more fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835163 I went to Trivia Night tonight, and once again our team won. The food tastes better when we win. LOL! We still haven't achieved a perfect score, but we try. It is an interesting group of people. <BR> <BR> Took it a little easier today, but I am meeting my brother at the gym early in the morning, then walking the dog with my niece at 10am, then running out to my parents' house to pick up my mother to take her to Jamestown so she can do a mediation. Afterwards we will go to the grocery st... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:00:05 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834536 Early morning to meet my brother at the gym before he had to go to work. Decent workout. Ran 4.4 miles in 46 minutes on the treadmill, and did all my normal weights, including the squats on the leg press machine. It seems that right now 220 pounds is my maximum weight for the leg press. The only problem with going on a weekday morning is that it is more crowded and sometimes I actually have to wait for machines. I guess I have gotten spoiled from going during their off-peak hours. After... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:11:51 EST Active recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834122 It was a good day to take things a little easier with the weather so damp and dreary, though I did get out for a run in between showers. We did our usual three dog walks, a little ST and yoga and that run. That was enough for me today. I am getting up early in the morning to meet my brother at the gym. <BR> <BR> My niece calls this weather cumulo-yuckis. Not quite cold enough for snow, but too cold for comfort, and the clouds are low and looming. It was a good day to sit and read... all... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:38:11 EST Decent day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833549 But not really a rest day. I started the day with a two hour walk with the dog. Then I danced like a crazy fool for almost half an hour. I got out my stability ball and did some ST, and tried a new routine on one of my yoga DVDs, as well... and the day isn't over. I had an appointment this afternoon, after that I ran errands, including some Christmas shopping I had forgotten about. There was nothing extraordinary about the day, but it was a decent sort of day. I will take an active reco... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:19:16 EST All or nothing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833054 I have mentioned before that I tend to have an all or nothing mentality. Yesterday was an "all" day, and then today was another. I really do know I need to give my body a chance to recover, but sometimes I forget for a day or two... or three. I rounded out my active day yesterday with over an houron the stationary bike, and then today it was warm enough to get outside so I went for a three hour bike ride, with a 15 minute break in the middle. Add in dog walks, ST, and yoga, and once again... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:55:39 EST Might have overdone it a little today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832556 Started the day with a short dog walk, then drove out to my parents' house. On Saturdays I usually make lunch for everybody. Today I made Spinach pasta with homemade sauce and mini meatballs, and a salad (lightly dressed). I was pleasantly surprised at how few calories it was. But first I went snow shoeing for two hours, because mom and dad went out and I didn't feel like just sitting there for two hours waiting for them to come home. There really wasn't quite enough snow for snow shoein... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:00:44 EST Lazy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832062 My brother had to work today, so I decided not to go to the gym by myself. I just couldn't get started today. I did walk the dog over 6 miles, and did about an hour of yoga, but other than that I have just been doing housework. I did manage to get ALL my laundry done. Not even a forgotten sock got left out. <BR> <BR> My headache was particularly intense today which tires me out and demotivates me. I am planning on going snowshoeing tomorrow if there is still enough snow, and then the gy... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:01:53 EST Choices and decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831644 I made the choice last night not to set my alarm to get me up and out to the gym early... so I ended up deciding not to go. I didn't mind as it was blowing snow all night and most of the day, and facing those conditions early in the morning was more than I wanted to deal with. So, instead I waited until Cooper got up then took him for a two hour walk in the snow. Poor pup, but he seemed to have fun. After our walk I did a yoga DVD. Yoga still feels like contortionism to this inflexible p... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:35:42 EST Rest day... take two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830998 After I tracked all my exercise yesterday I was at 300 minutes, so I guess I can't really call that a "rest" day. So, I decided to take a more relaxed rest day today. My feet were still complaining this morning, so it seemed a smart idea. The visiting nurse came this morning. She is funny. A little strange, but funny. I got more stuff in my apartment put away and/or organized. And of course I walked the dog for about 2 hours. He is still doing his tripod impression, but only at his mi... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:12:34 EST Waiting... rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830461 I spent the afternoon waiting for a package to arrive through UPS. It arrived around 6pm, so I had already given up on going to the gym today. It was a good idea to take a rest day anyways. My feet are complaining. The arthritis was particularly painful today, and I had somehow developed a blister under a toenail, which I didn't realize until I accidentally popped the blister when I cut my toenails last night. Ewwww. I knew my toes was sore, but hadn't figured out why. It feels much be... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:07:08 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829831 Went to the gym early this morning. It wasn't too busy on a Monday morning. They open at 4:30am, but I can't face that early of an hour. Once again I was early and my brother was late, so I got in a solid hour on the treadmill. Did my weights, and we ended up being finished at the same time. Synchronicity? I am debating trying to squeeze in one or two trips to the gym before Friday, but my schedule is busier than normal with appointments this week, so it might not happen. Jeremy actual... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:18:42 EST