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/ Busy week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354501 We have friends visiting from out of town. They are staying at my brother's place, but hanging at my dad's. I have become responsible for food and socializing this week. I usually end up leaving my apartment around 7am, and getting home around 8pm. The friends are leaving tomorrow after breakfast. I will have lunch with dad on Saturday, and then... I am taking a week off. I have appointments and obligations, but not many. I am about "peopled" out. <BR> <BR> I had to go back for more b... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:53:30 EST Why do I make the choice to stay active on Sparkpeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354024 I am in maintenance after all. I know the WHAT and the HOW of getting and staying healthy. I have read the articles, the books, the recipes, and watched the videos... so what do I get out of staying active on Sparkpeople.com? I guess I get to more of the WHY. I didn't become morbidly obese because I wanted to, so why did I? What changed? Why was it worth it to overhaul my lifestyle? Why? Human motivations are endless and fascinating. For me, I started this journey because I was runni... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:42:24 EST Limbo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353517 I have some stuff to sort out in my mind. In the meantime I am doing my best to stay on track with my diet and exercise. It is important. That has been reinforced. I will tell you about it another time... I have to get it straight in my own head first. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:58:41 EST A big clean and sort day... impromptu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352598 I did not set out to do much today, but the dog and I were up at 7am, so we went out for a 90 minute walk, then made a quick trip to the grocery store and the Tim Horton's drive thru for a coffee, When we got home and I had put the groceries away, I went online... and noticed that my brother, Jeremy, had put out a call for a clean and sort at our parents' house. Our older brother, Jonathan, responded he would go, and Jonathan's MIL said she would pop in for a while... and I had no further p... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:55:59 EST Lunch with dad... and more discoveries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352188 There is a certain sameness to my Saturday lunches with dad these late three weeks. But he doesn't mind. He eats the same thing for breakfast 5 days a week, and then on the weekends it alters ... but he eats the same different thing both days. LOL. He is a lot like me (or rather I am a lot like him) a definite creature of habit. I tend to eat the same thing, with minor variations... pretty much every day. I generally change the protein source, but everything else tends to stay one of tw... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:40:02 EST Rainy days and the blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351317 I let a lot of things slide yesterday. Some days are like that though. Today was a bit more on target, but the weather was off and on rainy, so my mood sort of reflected that. I also have had a migraine for the past two days. Not as severe and debilitating as they have been in the past, but still no fun. It was easing up, and then I had the brilliant idea to go for a run... and it came back. I know better. I have to give myself recovery time when I get a migraine, or it gets worse or co... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:05:25 EST Let it go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350368 I spent part of the morning with Dad, sorting more of Mom's stuff. She kept some odd things. I am sure they had some meaning for her, but without context... they are paper recycling, or donation items mostly. A few things have family historical value, or sentimental value. Dad is struggling. Jeremy (my brother), is actually more of a help to him at this point, as they live next door to each other, and Jeremy comes over for breakfast, and often for dinner. Dad said tonight Jeremy made hi... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:23:11 EST bits and pieces of family history... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349598 So, we had a big family dinner for Easter (without mom... these firsts hurt), and dad brought a box of jewelry and a box of photos and family papers for us to sort through and take if we wanted. I already mailed some of mom's jewelry to my niece, Tigan, and I don't wear Jewelry, so I stayed out of that debate... but the old papers and photos were interesting. There were photos from the 1990s (mostly taken by me), some from the 80s, and a handful of me and dad when I was about 2 years old. ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:17:50 EST Saturday doings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349010 So I went to my parents' house this morning for breakfast/coffee and a walk. We usually pass my dad on his walk, and I stop the car, and Cooper leaps into dad's arms and they walk, while I go park the car at the house, then walk back and meet them... and Cooper acts like he hasn't seen me in days, he gets so excited. Funny dog. It makes dad smile every time. After breakfast and coffee, I had to run a couple quick errands, and dad needed to work on the solar array in front of the house. I... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:02:36 EST Quiet day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348645 I took a day for myself today. I slept in a little, and when I woke up I didn't rush out of bed, but lay there with the dog giving him belly rubs. He lay there, four paws in the air, totally blissed out, grinning, for nearly 30 minutes. He smiles. Not the jaw drooped, tongue hanging out expression most dogs get, but a grin, like you or I would make when we are happy. It makes me happy. I kept my interactions with people to a minimum. My dog makes me happy. People? Not so much. I fig... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:22:13 EST Fake friends and gossip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348193 My family has pretty much been fairly low drama (this month notwithstanding), and my dad is normally the epitome of stoic, and things have always been straight forward... you say what you mean, and don't make a promise unless you mean to keep it. So, that is my expectation of people. I realize that is somewhat naive, but every time someone, who claims to be a friend, betrays a confidence or breaks a promise I am unprepared. Not really surprised, just not expecting them to claim to be my fr... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:29:21 EST Meanderings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347702 So, I went to the neurologist yesterday for my quarterly Botox injections. My BFF, Jen, had an appointment an hour after mine for trigger point injections, so she drove. I went back to an exam room right on time, and was seen right away, and when I was finished and went back out to the waiting area Jen had disappeared! Turns out that they had taken her back for her appointment 45 minutes early, since she was there and everything. I just love that medical practice! That is the only doctor... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:20:35 EST Something my mom wrote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346980 On Death and spirit (ca. the late 90s) <BR> <BR> We are all growing, all the time. Sometimes we linger awhile at one point in our path, more intensely experiencing that step. Other times we zip onward, anxious to try the new experiences further on. <BR> <BR> Each of us like the butterflies we so enjoy watching. Our little caterpillar selves creeping about, savoring the tastes, smells, sights, sounds and textures of everything. All the while our spirit is growing, feeding also on the sensati... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:58:11 EST Ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346733 Yesterday was pretty good (if you discount my annoying noisy downstairs neighbors... but they stuck to making noise during daylight hours, so it could have been worse...), and the snow was all gone, and the sun was out. I took the day for myself here in my apartment with my dog. He seemed to appreciate it. Dad seemed okay when I talked to him on the phone. But this morning when I talked to him on the phone we talked for a few minutes, and we started talking about something mom had written... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:36:24 EST Saturday routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345728 Dad and I agreed that we would continue the tradition that mom and I started of me going out to their house on Saturdays and making lunch. There are things in the freezer that dad would eat, but he probably won't prepare for himself, so it will be my task to cook those things. Today I cooked a pot of rice, so that he could have a serving with the salmon I cooked for lunch, as well as enough to reheat for three or four days. It is something simple that I know he will eat. So, Cooper, and I... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 21:10:57 EST Tears and laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344867 The condolence cards are rolling in at my parent's house, and the sweet messages make my dad cry. But some of them contain stories that also make him laugh. It is such a strange dichotomy, this grief. My mom is gone so suddenly that it is a shock, and we are hurting, but on the other hand she lived such a full and happy life with so few regrets that it is hard to feel sad about her life. What we feel sad about is her absence from OUR lives now. She was a firm believer in "if it is your t... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 22:34:31 EST Working on finding balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344424 I stayed home this morning to do my laundry and clean a little... and eat some of the fruit my dad gave me on Sunday that I haven't been home to eat. LOL. I put my laundry in first thing, and went right out for a walk with Cooper. We did about 3.5 miles. When we got back, I switched my laundry to the dryer, and had breakfast. Then I called and talked to my BFF, Jen, for a while. I had a snack after finishing my laundry then walked Cooper for another 30 minutes. My niece, Tigan, and he... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 23:15:12 EST Dad's needs and my mental health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343903 My dad has never been a "needy" person... he just quietly does what needs doing and moves on to the next project. And when he gets sick, he is quiet about it (sometimes too quiet), and does what he needs to get better. The word that comes to my mind is "stoic". No drama, no fuss. Right now he is asking a lot of us (his close family), and rightly so. But... I have mental health issues to start with, and I am adding on my own sense of shock and loss, and I find myself disrupting my routine... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 22:31:58 EST Family gathering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343392 My family gathered tonight to share a meal, some stories and conversation... and to polish and submit my mom's obituary. For a last minute meal there was a LOT of food on the table. We laughed a lot and told funny stories on each other and about mom. There were also tears, but they were interspersed with chuckles. So here is what we came up with for her obituary... <BR> <BR> Faith Sherry Chapin Woolson (nee Weierbach) <BR> <BR> After a lovely Saturday spent with her daughter and husband... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 22:26:44 EST She just...stopped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342550 So mom and I ran errands yesterday, then made lunch together. After lunch she played with my dog while I cleaned the kitchen. In the evening she and dad went to see Rogue One at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House movie series. When they got home mom wasn't moving to get out of the car. Dad noticed she was having trouble breathing, but she asked him to just help her into the house and she would use her CPAP and that would help... so he helped her into the house and they almost made it to her be... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 07:06:09 EST Sad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342476 So, my mom died tonight. We had a good day together today. And now she is just gone. I am shocked and so sad. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 23:31:53 EST Nice Joke, Mother Nature... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342408 Yep, good old Mother Nature pulled a good prank on us today, and made it snow all morning. I went for a run after I got home from lunch with mom and dad, but it had stopped snowing by then, so it wasn't too bad as far as road conditions go. I went to the chiropractor this morning and he worked on my tweaky hip a good bit, so I made it a long run, because it felt good. I went until my legs were noodles... so about 2 hours. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The chiropractor was just one of the st... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:08:41 EST Rainy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341958 My poor pup, Cooper, has this aversion to rain. He will go wading in the creek in the Summer, and will swim in the lake, but he does not like the rain! And it rained all day long today. I had to keep dragging him outside to do his business. He would get all excited to go outside when I would get the leash, but when we got to the outside door of our apartment building the brakes went on pretty darn fast! I did go out without him, and got pretty soaked for my efforts. He looked at me like... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:21:02 EST Ack, people! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341467 I went from locked in my apartment with just my dog for company for four days to multiple visitors in my apartment today. I rarely ever have visitors. I usually go to them if I am going to socialize, so this was a total aberration. So weird! I walked Cooper for over an hour this morning, before waking Patty up (my next door neighbor). Last night she told me to knock on her door this morning so we could go get coffee, but... she wasn't awake yet when I knocked. I woke her up though. She... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:40:31 EST Umm... okay... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340970 The human body is strange. I cut back a little on the exercise (not a lot, but some), and increased my calories (not a lot, but some), and... I lost more weight. This is counter intuitive. I should have gained weight. Oh well. Now my problem is that I don't need to lose weight right now. I am already at my maintenance weight (actually a little under), and losing weight is not my goal... not regaining weight is the goal... and not losing too much weight is the other side of that goal. I... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:39:57 EST Re-establishing contact http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339903 I picked up the phone today and reached out, after about 4 days of email only interaction with the world (plus you guys). I talked to my BFF, Jen. She is easy to talk to, and I enjoy our conversations. We see the same neurologist for our migraines, and she has been having an increase in the number of episodes. I worry about her. But she always makes me laugh. I also called my mom. Mom wants to go do "something" with me, just the two of us. I told her I am mostly avoiding people these ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:08:38 EST Noisy neighbors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339418 Cooper was a little more interested in walking today. I got him out for three walks. We got a fairly late start on the day, because my annoying downstairs neighbors kept me up until after 3am. I called in yet another complaint to building management, and I heard a rumor that the cops were called... but they were still loud enough to keep me up that late. Sigh. Makes me want to do jumping jacks at 6am, just to annoy them. But I won't, because that would be petty. I really don't like fee... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:04:32 EST A long run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338965 I went for a long run today (after the rain tapered off some), and it helped center me, but I am still annoyed with myself and the world. Cooper was pretty uninterested in walking today for most of the day. I got him out for a total of three miles over the course of the day. I think I just need a really good cookie. Something indulgent and special, that I can savor. Something chocolate. LOL Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:44:44 EST Feeling out of sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338534 Yep, the grumpies are back. I just don't want to deal with people... including my own whining. Normally I go to my parents' house on Saturdays, but I have decided to stay home tomorrow. I am just not good company right now. I am not certain if I am more annoyed or annoying. LOL. <BR> <BR> I did walk Cooper 7 miles today. And I went for a run... outside. I might go for a long run tomorrow, depending on the weather. I need SOMETHING to blow this meh out of me! And maybe a good long ru... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:06:53 EST Little things add up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338038 I continually work on establishing and maintaining my boundaries. Today my neighbor came over to ask me to "help" her take the battery out the smoke detector in her apartment because it was dying and chirping constantly. By "helping", she meant she wanted ME to do it. I politely declined. I knew if I did she would tell the maintenance man that I had done so and he would yell at me, as it is a safety issue. I did tell her I would stand next to her if SHE wanted to get up on the step stool... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:40:42 EST The maintenance guy and a well behaved dog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337554 Well the maintenance man finally showed up at 9am (he told me yesterday he would be here at 8), So, I took Cooper out for an hour walk when Mike got here. When we got back we sat over at my neighbor, Patty's, apartment for another hour, as he had my apartment door propped open while he was in and out. He managed to maneuver the old water tank out, but due to how it was installed he really was unable to drain it before moving it. Later he told me he weighed it, and it weighed over 500 lbs ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:21:27 EST stuff happens... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336961 I got up early and walked Cooper for an hour. When we got back I hopped in the shower, and had hot water... for a whole five minutes. Sigh. The breaker on my hot water tank has been tripping about once a week for a little over a month now, and every time the maintenance guy comes up and resets it. That is fine and all, but... Anyway, I ran into the maintenance man as I was putting in the new work order, and he asked me to move Cooper's crate into the bathroom, so he would have more room ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:40:38 EST Getting there... slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336014 I woke up before my alarm this morning. I even remembered to turn it off before it went off, so I didn't have to hear it at all. That was nice. I had to get an annoying alarm clock, because I am not a morning person, and anything gentle I would just ignore. The one I have definitely gets me out of bed! <BR> <BR> I am still a little out of sorts with the world and the people in it, but it isn't quite as bad today as it was over the weekend. I had an appointment this morning, and manage... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:49:57 EST The "grumpies" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335434 I am just feeling out of sorts with the world this weekend. I am hoping it passes. Even running didn't alleviate the grumpies today. Usually the endorphins burn off the crankiness, and I feel refreshed, even if I am tired. But not today. I can't lock myself alone in my apartment this week, as I have appointments, but that is what I want to do. I know this gloomy grumpiness is temporary. So, I will allow myself to feel it, but I will continue to do the tasks of daily life (including my ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:03:29 EST Lunch with mom and dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334982 Saturdays I make lunch at mom and dad's. Today was spaghetti and meatballs, with a side of broccoli. Dad just mixed his broccoli into the sauce. LOL. The meatballs were delish, and I did not overcook the pasta. Plenty of garlic in both the meatballs and the sauce, which I love. There were leftovers that I am certain my mom will use to make three meals out of, as she can surely make the food stretch. <BR> <BR> Dad has started the sets for his garden. He said the tomatoes, chard, and ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:36:39 EST Plodding along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334584 It was actually a fairly pleasant day. Mostly because I avoided people. I took Cooper out for his walks, and checked my mail, but other than that I didn't really talk to anyone but my mom on the phone. We had to confer on tomorrow's menu. We are having spaghetti and meatballs. I think the last time I ate pasta had to be that mac and cheese I made right before I started the elimination diet, but I can't remember the time before that that I had pasta. I just don't eat much pasta. Not sur... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:47:27 EST Trying not to dwell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334028 I live in a apartment building reserved for the elderly and disabled. Unfortunately this means that most of us do not work. I keep to myself, and really only talk to my immediate neighbor or one woman on the first floor. There is a reason for this... having so much time on their hands the tenants in the building have taken gossiping and backstabbing to competitive levels. I HATE it, so I just don't talk to anyone besides saying hello. If they say that hateful stuff about each other in fr... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:26:13 EST Slow day, snow day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333102 I got up sort of early so I could call and cancel my appointment this morning. Turns out they were about to call ME and cancel it, so I saved them a phone call. LOL. It was cold today and snowy...though not as snowy as predicted. The low was about -7F, and we got between 6-8 inches of the white stuff. It is still coming down, so the total by morning will be higher. I tried to get the silly dog out for a walk today, but he would have none of that. He was eating better today, but he hard... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:48:11 EST Hello again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332576 I have been absent a few days. It felt weird, but it was necessary. Part of this journey is knowing when to take a breather, right? Not just from exercise, but in our lives. I needed to just BE. Saturday lunch with mom and dad was good. I made crispy pork and veggie stir fry over brown rice. The pork was perfect, and so were the veggies. I thought the rice was a bit crunchy, but no one else did, so maybe that was all in my head. Driving home was a bit dicey, as we had white out condi... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:07:28 EST Cooking adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330549 So, I have a friend who comes over every couple months and cooks a meal with me. She is Puerto Rican and she likes to cook food she grew up with. I truly do not mind this. LOL! So yummy. Today was a simple soup. Just rice, sliced carrots, shrimp, salsa, and sofrito... with enough water to make it the right consistency. She said she would have added adobo seasoning if she were making this at home, but I don't have any, so I had to do without. It was really tasty. There are a lot of le... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:02:20 EST Running in the rain... and running on the treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329494 Normally this time of year I would be snowshoeing, but today I went for a long run in the rain since the temps weren't bad. I had the time for it, so I did a little over 2 hours. I got up early this morning and took Cooper for a walk before my meeting with the building manager about my lease. The meeting was fairly painless. I set the tone, by complimenting her new haircut, and attempted to avoid anything negative or controversial. It seemed to work. It took about 20 minutes of signing ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 22:14:03 EST Whole30 Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328936 So, I had a total of 3 migraines in 30 days. That is about half the usual number, so I guess there is some evidence to show there may be some nutritional trigger(s) for my migraines. Of course there are other triggers as well, but limiting the food triggers would help. So, now to slowly reintroduce the eliminated foods one at a time to see if I can pinpoint which one(s) are the trigger(s). <BR> <BR> The rain did not materialize until later in the evening today, so I took advantage of the ... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:01:00 EST Whole30 Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328333 I had another fairly quiet day today. I did make a quick visit to mom and dad's in the late morning. Walked the dog about 3.5 hours over 3 walks, and went for a run, as well as some indoor workout time. Other than that I curled up with the dog again. Have to get an earlier start to the day tomorrow, as I have an early appointment, and then I need to run a couple of errands... which means I need to walk the dog early in the morning, if he will (it is supposed to rain, so it is questionable... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 19:06:29 EST Whole30 Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327892 I caved and had popcorn today. I felt like a snack with some real carbs to it, so yeah... I gave in. I feel okay about it though. And I am not feeling any immediate ill effects, so I will just move on. I only have two days on the extreme restrictions left... then I start reintroducing the eliminated foods to see if any of them trigger physical problems. <BR> <BR> I spent most of the day in my apartment with my dog, snuggled under a blanket in the recliner. We did go out for walks 4 ti... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 20:48:36 EST Whole30 Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327438 Got an early start to the day. Had to walk to my brother's house to retrieve the car this morning, but he had texted me that he forgot to put it back in my lot, so I knew ahead of time. Went for a walk with dad and Cooper. Had coffee with mom and dad, and conversation of course. Left their house a little after 9am. Being the beginning of the month I had some errands to run, and I had a hair appointment at one, as well as being the designated taxi driver for my niece at 3:45pm... so I ask... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:27:21 EST Whole30 Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324131 I have a busy day planned for tomorrow. We will see how the food plan works out. <BR> <BR> I got some serious cleaning accomplished today. Laundry included. <BR> <BR> I had a wicked migraine last night, but I am pretty sure it was triggered by the weather, not by my food choices. We had high winds, and sometimes that can trigger a migraine. <BR> <BR> I am feeling a bit out of sorts tonight, but hopefully tomorrow will resolve my grumpiness. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 20:31:36 EST Whole30 Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323671 I am trying to clarify my emotional reaction to this nutritional experiment of doing Whole30 for a month. On one hand I can see and feel the health benefits with a slight reduction in the number of migraines I have had, but then there is the emotional impact of enjoying a sweet treat every once in a while. There is something very gratifying about savoring that treat and experiencing the "specialness" of it that a salad just does not come close to achieving. LOL. The question is do the ben... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 22:51:06 EST Whole30 Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323036 I had an appointment with the neurologist today for my regular nerve block injections. I told him about my dietary experiment, and where I was with it, and he was rather impressed. He said not a lot of people make it past the first week. I guess I am stubborn. Be fore we left for my appointment I walked about 8 miles, as it was a beautiful day, and it would have been a shame to waste the opportunity. (Tomorrow is supposed to be soggy.) Sunny and about 60F. The weather is supposed to tu... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:19:06 EST Whole30 Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322577 Walked my Cooper-dog about 8 miles today. It was his favorite weather... chilly, but sunny, with no precipitation, and very little wind... so he was ready to ramble all over town! I also went out without him for a while, because it was just such a nice day. <BR> <BR> Went grocery shopping this morning, and the store was temporarily out of brussells sprouts! Awwww... sadness. My dad, said we could check and see if there are any to be picked in his Winter garden tomorrow. He wasn't sure... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:23:39 EST Whole30 Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321964 I was sore today, and the weather was frigid, but I powered through my workout. Feeling it for real tonight though. I think I will spend my time with stretching and gentle exercise tomorrow. I don't really take days completely "off" from exercise, but I can do active recovery. <BR> <BR> Our family dinner was pleasant tonight. I went over 2 hours early to help with prep. Tricia (our hostess), is friendly enough with Cooper, that she doesn't mind my bringing him along. Good thing, or I... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:14:34 EST