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/ Yep, I went to the gym again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883910 But I started the day with a 90 minute walk with the dog (despite the subzero temps he wanted to walk and walk), an hour on the bike, and a 45 minute WATP workout. And then I went to the gym. Wow, I worked hard at the gym. 6.8 miles in 66 minutes on the treadmill, 65 minutes on the elliptical, plus weights. My legs were like rubber on the way to lunch. Jeremy and I went to our favorite restaurant, and I got a salad topped with onion, chicken, tomato, peppers, and a handful of tortilla ch... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:46:05 EST Yep, I went to the gym again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883909 But I started the day with a 90 minute walk with the dog (despite the subzero temps he wanted to walk and walk), an hour on the bike, and a 45 minute WATP workout. And then I went to the gym. Wow, I worked hard at the gym. 6.8 miles in 66 minutes on the treadmill, 65 minutes on the elliptical, plus weights. My legs were like rubber on the way to lunch. Jeremy and I went to our favorite restaurant, and I got a salad topped with onion, chicken, tomato, peppers, and a handful of tortilla ch... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:46:02 EST Second Place at Trivia Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883418 Our team finally got upset at Trivia Night, but we still placed Second, so it wasn't too bad. I got a half order of pasta, which was plenty, and split some ice cream with my brother for dessert. I ate lightly the rest of the day so I could splurge a little on the comfort food of pasta. It was another frigid day here, so I felt the need for comfort food. We had a little sunshine this morning, but it didn't last, and it didn't seem to affect the temps any. Ah well, Spring is coming. I hav... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:46:45 EST Gym day once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882751 It was fairly bitter when I left to walk to the gym this morning, but I remembered to wear layers, so it didn't hurt. Jeremy was almost half an hour late getting to the gym, but he stopped his treadmill portion of his workout early, because he was getting a blister, so we ended up finishing about the same time. I also did 40 minutes on the elliptical and weights. I can't seem to get excited about doing upper body strength work. I know I need to do more, but I get more reward from the leg... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:37:59 EST Changes of plans... all of them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882058 What a strange day. My brother did not get the car taken care of last night. Instead he waited until he had about 20 minutes before he had to leave for an appointment in Buffalo before trying to jump it. Needless to say it didn't work. He thinks it needs a new battery, but he didn't think to check the expiration date on the battery until he had wasted 15 minutes trying to jump it. Doh! However he did call his MIL and ask if I could borrow her car to go to my dentist appointment. She ag... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:19:31 EST Gym day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881436 Boy was it cold this morning when I walked to the gym. Nose-sticking cold. (That's when your nostrils stick together when you inhale through your nose.) I wore plenty of layers though, so other than my face I wasn't too chilled. Once I got to the gym I started on the elliptical for 50 minutes than did 65 minutes on the treadmill, before heading off to do weights. I was early and Jeremy was half an hour late, so I got in my full weight routine by the time he finished with the treadmill an... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:08:27 EST Fun day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880781 Started the day with a good, long walk with the dog. Not quite two hours, and he probably would have kept going if I hadn't steered him home. I had to get home to get ready to go to the movies with my best friend. We went to see Kingsman, with Colin Firth, and Samuel L Jackson. It was a little gory, rather ridiculous, and a whole lot of fun. Sometimes I'll see a movie and wonder why I bothered, but I enjoyed this one. And I budgeted my calories for the day so that I could have popcorn a... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:39:31 EST Take advantage of opportunities... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880045 It actually warmed up to about 20F today, so I decided to go snow shoeing before baking cookies for my dad. I only went out for about an hour, but it felt good to take advantage of the opportunity since we actually have a slight reprieve from the deep freeze. I did get a bit chilled, but the conditions were good. I probably would have stayed out longer if I had had company. <BR> <BR> This brief period of less than frigid weather is supposed to hang around through tomorrow, so I will proba... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:08:33 EST Gym day... it was a cold one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879539 We waited until noon to go to the gym, and it had warmed up all the way to 0F. Heat wave! I really worked it with my workout today. 65 minutes on the treadmill, 65 minutes on the elliptical, and a full weights program. I think I need to do more upper body strength work though. After our workout we went for a late lunch. I had half of a sandwich and a cup of tomato soup, and the carrot cake and coffee for dessert. I ordered a whole sandwich, but felt satisfied after half of it, so I gav... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:42:53 EST How cold is it??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878978 My poor pup is miserable with this extreme cold. There is a possibility the wind chill tonight will get down around -50F here. Cooper's walks today consisted of walking to the first snow drift, peeing three times, and coming back inside. I tried to get him to walk all the way out to the sidewalk and he got so much ice in between his toe pads that he couldn't walk on his front paws and he face planted in the snow. I had to carry him back inside, and he cried the whole way. It broke my hea... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:01:35 EST Gym day... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878300 I forgot to turn my alarm on last night after I set the time. Doh! Then my neighbor wasn't awake and didn't wake up when I called her, so Cooper had to go into his crate while I went to the gym. I was only about 15 minutes later than I intended to leave for the gym, so not too bad. I did dial it back a hair on my gym workout today. I still did 65 minutes on the treadmill, but only 25 minutes on the elliptical. I also cut back on the weights a little. I also set the weight stack at 220 ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:17:06 EST Gym day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877696 It was still cold today, but it did warm up into the double digits, so I was willing to brave the walk to the gym. Put in an intense workout (65 minutes treadmill, 60 minutes elliptical, plus weights). Ran into my SIL's mother at the gym. It sounds like she just rejoined. It would be so cool if I had another gym buddy. Jeremy did go to the gym yesterday, so he cut his workout a little short today. And we made an appointment to go again early tomorrow morning. That will be three days in... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:15:13 EST Another cold one... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877070 It was all of -26F this morning, so I stayed home from the gym. I just couldn't get excited about going out in that... even for a good workout. Instead I hopped on the bike several times throughout the day, did a little yoga, and a very little ST. I will probably get on the rower for a little while too. It did warm up a little today. It got all the way up to 0 degrees! I am sick of Winter. At least it didn't snow today. Cooper's longest walk of the day was once all the way around the ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:14:21 EST Fire alarms and frigid temps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876413 Someone down on the first floor burned their pizza this evening, setting off the building fire alarm in my apartment building. This meant we had to evacuate... on the coldest night of the Winter so far. There were some unhappy campers out there! <BR> <BR> I took Cooper for a short walk while we waited for the all clear from the firemen. I took him out about 7 times today, as his walks were exceedingly short. He really wanted to go for a long walk today, but he would get about 10 feet fro... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:37:53 EST Hiding out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875877 Cooper was no more interested in being outdoors than I was today. He had a half hour walk this morning, and two other 10 minute walks. I slept in, and napped a little today. I hardly ever sleep during the day, so I guess I needed it. There were travel advisories all over the area today and two people died in an accident on the Thruway near where I live. A good day to stay inside. I celebrate Cooper's birthday on February 14th. He is 4 years old this year. I am so happy I adopted him. ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:09:19 EST Gym day plus.... my crazy dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875354 The wind chill this morning when I left for the gym was about-22F. I wore layers though, and it wasn't too bad on my walk to the gym. I didn't last an hour on the treadmill today. I got to about minute 50, and had to call it, but I went ahead and put in 15 minutes on the bike after, so I still got in over an hour of cardio. Plus a short stint on the elliptical and weights, and I had burned through a ton of calories. Jeremy and I generally go out for breakfast after our workout. I had sa... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:23:53 EST Brrrrr... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874774 It was quite cold today. Cooper's morning walk was a mere 20 minutes, and his subsequent 4 walks were about 5 minutes each. I would take him out, he would pee on the first snow drift, and then turn around and go back inside. My little dog was not interested in being outside.... and it is only going to get colder over the weekend. I am walking to the gym in the morning to meet my brother for another intense workout, and I am trying to decide how many layers to wear. I have a feeling that ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:35:46 EST Trip to Arkansas... plus what I did the next day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873989 I left for Arkansas on Friday to visit a Spark friend. We got to to go kayaking on Saturday and Sunday, and we went to Crater of Diamonds State Park on Monday. It was so nice to see Angela and her boyfriend, Harry. I miss having them within driving distance. It was also nice to wear a tee shirt. I did take my wetsuit and dry top, along with my neoprene boots and paddling gloves. The air was pretty warm, but the water was fairly chilly. I tried out Angela's white water creek boat on Sat... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:16:39 EST Packing and cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870303 I leave first thing in the morning for Arkansas, so today I spent most of the day packing and cleaning. I had to wash clothes most importantly. I will be gone until Tuesday night. Not sure if I will get the chance to check in while I am gone. We have plans to possibly go kayaking on Saturday. I packed my neoprene just in case that pans out. I can't find my paddling gloves, but as long as we only go out for a couple of hours I will be fine. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a good weekend! Thu, 5 Feb 2015 21:06:03 EST Gym day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869666 Up and out in the snow early this morning to walk to the gym where I met up with my brother for another intense workout. After the gym we hit our regular breakfast spot, where instead of my usual oatmeal I had poached eggs and spinach on a biscuit with homefries. I think I prefer the oatmeal. It stays with me longer. Not the eggs weren't good, I just got hungry sooner. After breakfast Jeremy took me to the credit union for a quick cash infusion for my trip. <BR> <BR> When I made it home... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 21:41:36 EST Quiet day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868971 Just me and the dog for most of the day. Still got in plenty of exercise, but Cooper came along. I am off to the gym early tomorrow morning with my brother for another intense workout. I probably should have eaten more today to fuel the machine, but I wasn't hungry. I go through times when I have to force myself to eat enough. Then again there are times I can't seem to stop eating. There doesn't seem to be a pattern. <BR> <BR> I am just going to sit and read for a while tonight. It ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 21:31:09 EST Gym day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868224 I walked to the gym this morning before the sun started creeping up. It was snowing pretty heavy, and no one had cleared sidewalks yet, so there drifts up to my knees in places. I don't know if that makes me dedicated or just crazy. Did 6.5 miles in 65 minutes on the treadmill, about an hour on the elliptical and weights. Afterwards Jeremy and I went to our favorite restaurant for breakfast. I got my usual steel cut oats with raisins and walnuts. I really enjoy those oats after burning ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 21:48:51 EST Snowy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867439 I went to bed early last night and managed to still sleep in this morning. It felt good. It snowed most of the day, and we are really supposed to get it tonight. I am off to the gym early tomorrow morning to meet my brother for another intense workout. I am still a bit congested, but it seems to be breaking up. The real test will come tomorrow on the treadmill. Will I be gasping for breath, or will it be clear sailing? I won't know until I try. <BR> <BR> I watched the first half of th... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 20:58:21 EST Snow shoeing in the dark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866808 Went for a full moon snow shoe hike organized by a local outfitter. There were over 20 of us, but we split into about 3 groups. I was unfamiliar with the property we were on, but I still got the opportunity to trailblaze for a while. Snow conditions were excellent, and it was mostly cloudy, so it didn't get bitterly cold, and the moon did peek through a few times. The group I was with were out for about 45 minutes and decided that was enough, so I set off by myself and met up with another... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:55:31 EST Gym day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866167 Well I set the time on my alarm last night, but I forget to turn the dang thing on. Oops! I was about 30 minutes late getting to the gym. but that was fine, because Jeremy was too. Neither one of us wanted to wake up this morning it seems.I did lay off the workout a little bit, but I still did 65 minutes on the treadmill, 55 minutes on the elliptical and core and legs weights. I skipped the arms and upper back weights today because my wrists are still sore from falling on the ice. After... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:07:16 EST Another Trivia Night win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865568 Went out for trivia night once again, and our team won... handily. And I did not over eat. Just had a half sandwich and a salad... and lots of water. I skipped the beer tonight because I am still a little under the weather. But not sick enough to stay home. LOL! <BR> <BR> Jeremy and I made an appointment to go to the gym in the morning. Not quite as early, thank goodness. I like getting my workout in early, but I have my limits, especially during the Winter chill. I think I am going ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:55:46 EST Broke the ice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864681 Or rather the ice broke my fall. Bloodied my knees, but other than that everything seems okay. Since that is the first time I have fallen on the ice this Winter I guess I am not doing too bad. Last Winter I slipped and fell on the ice at least 6 times. Sigh. My niece and I have an ongoing joke on our walks about whether or not ice is slippery or not. We are constantly testing our hypothesis. I am so looking forward to getting away from snow for a few days! <BR> <BR> I only had a littl... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:07:54 EST Hungover, but nothing to drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863980 Last night I went to bed with a wicked headache and woke up in the night to go throw up. That is a first for me. I feel okay today, just a little hungover (and I didn't even drink anything to earn the hangover), and tired. I took the migraine medicine again today when I started to get a bit of a headache, just because I really don't want a repeat tonight. <BR> <BR> On a happier note, I spent a couple of hours outside today walking the dog. I also spent some time on the bike, did a WATP D... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:44:47 EST 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