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/ Tired out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765127 I think it is time for another "recovery" day. I have stopped calling them "rest" days, because I don't rest, and if I try I just make myself nuts. I ran for a little over 2 hours this afternoon. That was close to 12 miles. I have been really cranking out the miles this week, so I think I should just relax a little tomorrow. I will do my normal Saturday lunch with my parents, which will make it a little easier to do less. I don't "have to" work as hard as I have been, but I feel lazy if... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:26 EST Uneventful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764490 It was a lovely, calm day for me and Cooper. He did go to the groomer's and got to play with the doggies there. Otherwise it was just the two of us doing our thing. What a blessing! <BR> <BR> The college students come back this week. I really enjoy when they are gone for the summer. Ah well, I guess I have to dust off my patience and tolerance once again. <BR> <BR> This week is also the local arts and crafts festival in town. I will have my once-yearly fried dough either Friday or Sat... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:23:36 EST "Interesting" day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763877 I think I will go back to tracking 120 minutes of fitness every day. It worked for me before. <BR> <BR> It was an "interesting" day today. I got wrapped up in a book last night and stayed up too late, so I got a late start this morning, but I got in a good two hour walk with the dog, followed by some time on the bike. Then I was off to the eye doctor, who told me my eyes have actually improved since my last exam. That took up a good portion of the afternoon. Came home from my appointme... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:00:41 EST Looking for a new goal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763177 Before I took off for a month's vacation I was working on a fitness streak... and met my goal of 1,000 days. Now I am kind of at loose ends as far as goals go. I do have the vacation weight to lose, which should be my top priority, but it doesn't feel directed enough. I did well with the fitness streak. Blogging my progress daily made me feel a certain sense of accountability and accomplishment. I need a new goal to focus on. It needs to be something that provides that structure for me ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:33:59 EST Another day done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762418 Took the dog for a full two hour walk this morning. He was up for it, and he wasn't really tired when we got home! I was a little tired, but I lured him into his crate and went for a short run. Less than 3 miles. I might not run tomorrow though, because my IT bands are really tight. If I take another day off they might loosen up. Anyone have any good stretches? (I don't have a foam roller.) <BR> <BR> After my run I went for a short bike ride, before my dad picked me up for a doctor's ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:02:15 EST Going stir crazy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761592 I am trying to force myself to take a rest day today. It is making nuts! I walked the dog for a mere 30 minutes this morning, then went for a fast hour and a half paddle in the kayak (top speed 5.2 mph). Then I went to a family friend's 80th birthday party... and ate too much. This was followed by a visit to the rehab with Cooper to visit my neighbor, Patty, who is recovering from knee surgery. So, really I shouldn't be feeling crazed.... But I have pretty much been sitting since we got ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:43:28 EST Overtraining? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761043 I just thought about it this afternoon after a long run, and realized I have been running almost everyday. Some of them pretty long runs (anything over 5 miles is a long run for me), and I am feeling crabby, tired, and generally out of sorts. Normally a run leaves me feeling energized and happy, but maybe I have been overdoing it a bit... hence the bad mood? <BR> <BR> I think I need to take a break from the intense cardio for a day or two. I was going to go kayaking tomorrow on Lake Erie,... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:52:55 EST Feeling blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760429 Don't know why, but for no good reason I have been feeling down the last couple of days. Absolutely no cause for it... it just is what it is. Oh well. <BR> <BR> I have been sleeping later this week. Cooper doesn't seem to mind at all. He bothers me around 9am, but I tell him to go back to sleep and he does. He is such a good dog! He is still a little skittish since he was bitten last Spring. Nothing too obvious, but I can tell the difference. Poor pup doesn't feel as safe I guess. M... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:36:59 EST Is it Fall already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759834 The light changes when we slip from Summer into Autumn, and I could swear that happened yesterday and continued into today. I am definitely not ready for Summer to be over. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> The dog likes these cooler temps though. He wanted to walk and walk today. I took him out for a 2 hour walk this morning, a short walk this afternoon, a half hour this evening, and I will probably take him out one more time around 9:30pm. I know he is spoiled, but it works for both of us. <B... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:52:16 EST New habit... but is it safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759152 Since I have been home from our trip I have mostly been running around midnight. I like the temperature and no one else is out. I wear a reflective vest, but I still wonder about the safety of this? Crime is practically non-existent in this village. The only violent crimes I have heard of in the last 5 years happened inside the apartment building I live in, not out on the street. (Speaking of which the guy who killed the old lady down on the second floor was convicted of manslaughter thi... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:42:32 EST The wine tour and beyond... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758404 The day after my birthday we went on a wine tour in Napa Valley. We returned the rental car first, but that didn't take very long. The van picked us up around 10am, and we were off. We visited 6 wineries over the course of the day and stopped at the Oakville Grocery for lunch. They have a very nice deli. I enjoyed the tour, and had fun tasting the various wines produced in the Valley. Nothing can get me to like cab franc though. Don't know why, but I can't stand it. I did like some of... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:09:32 EST The continuing travels... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757845 After leaving Seattle we drove to Aberdeen, WA to do laundry, grab some groceries for dinner and snacks on the road, before heading to Cape Disappointment State Park where I had rented us a cabin for the night. It was cold, overcast, and misting, but we made a fire and cooked sausages and s'mores, to go with our cheese and crackers and veggies with dip. <BR> <BR> From Cape Disappointment we drove down Rt 101 along the coast. We crossed the Columbia River into Oregon the next morning. I lo... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:37:05 EST Farewell Canada... hello Seattle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757084 Well, I ended up having a very busy weekend, so this blog is a couple days late. We volunteered for a benefit swim in Ithaca on Saturday, so we drove over on Friday, got up at 4am to go paddle for the swim Saturday morning, drove 4 hours home Saturday afternoon, then went for a moonlight paddle here, before I finally made it home at about 1am this morning. Like I said it was busy. But now... back to the story of my trip... <BR> <BR> We took the bus from Vancouver to Seattle. It was fine.... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:43:04 EST Oh my! Kayaking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755433 It was a full day's bus ride from Nanaimo to the northern end of Vancouver Island and Port McNeil, B.C. We checked in to our hotel, grabbed some dinner at the one restaurant open (It was the night before Canada Day and nothing much was open), before heading to the office of the outfitter to get briefed on the next day's departure. <BR> <BR> We were going out with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures, and their office was just down the road from the hotel, so we wandered down, met our guides a... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:31:46 EST Fun in Nanaimo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754798 I am late posting this because I went to the Monty Python live (almost) show and then had drinks with my niece after while we worked on some deep cleaning in my apartment. (I am throwing a LOT of stuff away, and it feels good... just not my books!) <BR> <BR> Anyways... Nanaimo, B.C. <BR> <BR> We had a Nanaimo Bar on the ferry on our way over. Very rich and sweet. We didn't try one, but one bar in Nanaimo had a Nanaimo Bar martini! But I digress already. We checked into our hotel and we... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 01:38:05 EST Adventures in Vancouver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753705 After leaving the train and all the friends we made there, Tigan and I retrieved our luggage, and set out to look for a bus or train to our hotel. When we got on the train it was very apparent we were no longer in the US. It is basically running on the honor system! No one checks to see if you paid your fare! We did, of course, and safely made it to our hotel. It was further away from downtown than I thought, but it was right off the bus line, so it was okay. <BR> <BR> We decided to go... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:40:04 EST At long last... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753300 A couple days after I got home I said I would blog about my month long adventure traveling, but I have been lazy and haven't gotten to it. So here goes... <BR> <BR> Part One: The train trip! <BR> <BR> My niece, Tigan, and I set off to Toronto on June 21st. My brother, Jonathan, was kind enough to give us a lift. There was not much delay crossing into Canada, and traffic wasn't too bad, so we were able to find the train station and parking fairly early in the afternoon. We needed to exch... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 23:51:51 EST Home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745299 I have actually been home for a couple of days, but I have been wading through a backlog of emails and snail mail, plus spending quality time with my family and of course my Cooper. He doesn't seem overly excited to see me, but he is sticking pretty close to me. Right now he is sleeping by my feet while I type. Normally he would be sleeping on the bed and the open window, but he seems to need to keep an eye on me. Poor pup! <BR> <BR> Our trip was incredible! I did gain another 10 pounds... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:26:27 EST In Vancouver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725924 The train ride from Toronto to Vancouver was fun... exciting... gorgeous... comfortable... relaxing... I could go on and on. Some of the highlights include watching a thunderstorm with lots of lightning over the prairie, the Rocky Mountains, crossword puzzles and Scrabble with my niece. Sunrises, good food (though I think I gained five pounds!), meeting new friends, and coming into Vancouver along the Fraser River. This afternoon after we checked into the hotel we walked abuot 5 miles to L... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:41:31 EST And we are off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722701 I took Cooper for a nice long walk this morning while I wait for my brother to pick me up to go catch the train from Toronto to Vancouver. So, today was Day 1,001 of my fitness streak. LOL!! It was perfect dog walking weather. Mid 60s and partly cloudy with a slight breeze. We passed the runners for a 5k I wanted to run. I totally could have done it... but I was worried about having enough time to get everything done... and here I am sitting and waiting. We leave in an hour though, so ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:53:55 EST Day 1,000 of my fitness streak... Completed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722148 <em>244</em> Day 1,000 is met and conquered. That is at least 120 minutes of fitness Every. Single. Day. For 1,000 days. Most of the time I went over 120 minutes, but that is over 120,000 minutes of exercise. OMG! I didn't think I could do it, but holy crow! Look at that... I made it! <BR> <BR> I walked the dog for over 2.5 hours this morning and did a little yoga. Now we are packing for our trip. I am so excited! Good things are happening, and I am having tons of fun! <BR> <BR... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:12:48 EST Day 999... One more day to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721507 Took my Cooper dog for a nice, long walk this morning. Over 6 miles. Plus the walk to and from the salon when I went to get my hair cut. I took the long way home (more than double the distance). So, tomorrow is Day 1,000 of my fitness streak (120+ minutes of fitness Every Single Day) and it is also packing day for our trip. Tigan is coming over midday and we are going over the packing list and packing our suitcases and carry on bags, and stocking our purses. Each of us has a suitcase, b... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:37:52 EST Day 998... so what is NEXT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720998 So what am I doing once I have reached 1,000 days on my fitness streak? I mean, really, what more is there to do? <BR> <BR> Plenty! <BR> <BR> First I am taking a month to travel. My niece and I have big plans for a month long trip starting this Saturday. <BR> <BR> When we get back there will be plenty of paddling excursions. We are going sea kayaking on our trip, but that is only 4 days. I will be very ready to get back in my boat. (Speaking of kayaks... Jeremy let me paddle his 17.... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:56:53 EST Day 997... it just evolved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720240 I didn't have many plans today besides walking with the girls in the morning and seeing the nurse in the afternoon. I did those, and then my niece, Tigan, called and invited me out to eat and to go look at the lake, so we could decide if we were going kayaking. Yes, for dinner, but no for kayaking. Instead we stopped and picked up Cooper and went back to my brother's house and played the Firefly board game for 4 hours. My brother won. I walked Cooper in the middle of the game, which is p... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:20:40 EST Day 996... rest day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719352 I still walked about 10 miles today, but it was mostly at the Speed of Dog. I have been clocking 15-20 miles a day, so 10 miles IS taking it easy... for me. It seems to me that it is all a matter of perspective. When I started this journey 3 years ago half a mile was amazing. Now, 10 miles is a lazy day. Nothing much has changed... except my perspective. <BR> <BR> For some reason my scale says I gained a bunch of weight overnight. I am betting on a sodium overload from the past couple ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:15:27 EST Day 995... details http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718665 Spent about 3 hours this afternoon making lists and writing up the itinerary for our trip. Tigan's parents are a little nervous, so we are giving them all the various contact and travel information. (Well, and that way we have backup copies, if, for some strange reason, we lose our copies.) We will take care of some of the details tomorrow, and the rest on Wednesday. I have a list of phone calls I need to make tomorrow, confirming reservations, and getting a little info for our list. <BR>... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:39:54 EST Day 994... outside time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717959 Spending a good portion of the day outside. It is a bit chilly for it, but the sun came out so maybe it will warm up a little. We had a nice cookout for Tigan. Her friend Mary baked her a cake and decorated it with the Tardis. Dark blue frosting stains a persons teeth and tongue. We all looked pretty funny. We are going on the Moonlight Paddle tonight. Tigan, and her mom, Jen, are going with us. Jeremy and Jen get along much better than they ever did when they were married. It still ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:34:07 EST Day 993... Lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717353 Cooper and I slept in today. I stayed up late last night, reading. Got in my exercise just fine though. It did mess up my eating a little, but tomorrow is a new day. <BR> <BR> The nurse came and did her evaluation. She is a county worker, and my insurance will soon be state, so I probably won't see her again. She has seen me at my sickest, so it will be strange dealing with a new nurse who doesn't necessarily know the history. <BR> <BR> My middle niece is going to prom tonight, and m... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:23:19 EST Day 992... raining on my parade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716640 Got a wee bit damp on our morning walk. Actually, completely soaked, much to Cooper's dismay. I eventually picked him up and tucked him inside my jacket, where he could hide from the evil raindrops. He likes to go wading, but he doesn't want the water falling on him. On our afternoon walk he wanted to go every way... all at once! Silly dog couldn't make up his mind, so I had to make it for him, again to his dismay. <BR> <BR> Counting down the days until Day 1,000, and our departure da... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:48:29 EST Day 991... playing between stormfronts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716110 We had a series of stormfronts move through our area this afternoon and into the evening. We still went kayaking. We got halfway to our usual turnaround on the Chadakoin, and prudence reared her ugly head and dictated that we turn back before the next storm arrived. We made it back before the lightning started, but the thunder heralded our approach to the launch. So we made quick work of landing and loading boats. The beavers were out in force tonight, and an osprey kept flying over us. ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:39:46 EST Day 990... Out on the lake again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715349 The rain held off long enough for the sunset paddle on Lake Erie out of Barcelona Harbor. It is storming on the west side of the lake though, so there was significant slosh here on the east shore. I was bobbing around like a cork, but just kept paddling. The waves were a bit bossy. <BR> <BR> Walked this morning with the gaggle of girls. Next Tuesday is my last walk with them until the Fall. They spent most of the walk today planning "quests" they go on instead of walking with me. They ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:32:45 EST Day 989... A quiet day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714407 I spent a quiet day with my dog. I did make some necessary phone calls to do with my trip, but mostly I just sat and petted the dog, or walked the dog. He seems to appreciate the time and attention. I took him for a two hour walk this morning, then an hour this afternoon, and I will take him out one more time this evening, probably after dinner. <BR> <BR> So, I am looking at about 3.5-4 hours of walking today. I also did a little yoga to loosen up my muscles from yesterday's kayaking tri... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 18:10:26 EST Day 988... excitement on the high seas LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713682 Not THAT exciting, and the water really wasn't bad, but it was a more "exciting" paddle than expected. We got on the water by 9:30 am, after throwing the dog at dad, stopping for breakfast, and scouting a launch site (no good, requires a permit). Winds were practically non existent, which is the way I like it when I am on Lake Erie. She is changeable and opinionated, so I like to approach her when she is in a forgiving mood. We went up past the wind farm (those suckers are HUGE!), and alo... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:52:33 EST Day 987... Tri day and epic plans for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713039 We volunteered at the Big Fish Triathlon on Chautauqua Lake this morning. Early call for the kayakers, so I was out of the house by 5:45am. Yikes that is early! All the swimmers that started the race finished the swim, though the last one had only 8 minutes to spare from the hour they are given... but he made it. I only know of one person who dropped out after the swim, which isn't bad. The only problem with the swim was that someone forgot the lane buoys. So, the big buoys at the end p... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 20:54:45 EST Day 986... two weeks to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712293 Two weeks from today I will be at Day 1,000 of my fitness streak. I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Today was supposed to be a rest day, but... although I did a little less than usual I still did more than I needed to. I have such a difficult time making myself take rest days. I am feeling a bit worn down, so I know I need one, but I get going on my day and forget that it is supposed to be a rest day. I went out for a really short run today. My doctor is concer... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 18:29:26 EST Day 985... feeling grumpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711555 No reason for it, but I had a grumpy day today. Still got a bit accomplished, just not as cheerfully as usual. Walked with my niece and Cooper this morning. Cooper is no longer doing the tripod thing, but I think he is still favoring that big leg a little. Doesn't stop him! Went out to drop my niece at my parents' house, and decided to leave Cooper as well. Went to the grocery store for a few things. There are two grocery stores in town. One is more expensive, but has a better selecti... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:02:00 EST Day 984... benefit of paddling in the rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710932 There are fewer bugs when it is drizzling on you. I found this out tonight when we went kayaking on the Chadakoin. It started out drizzly, but cleared out by sunset... and the bugs returned. It is strange. It was the first big group paddle of the season with the outfitter we use for supplies and training. Half their reservations got canceled due to the weather, but there were still about 15 of us on the water, maybe more. I got pointed out as someone who knew what they were doing by the... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:00:25 EST Day 983... spectating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710116 We went to the lake to paddle, but myself and my brother decided to forgo the pleasure when we saw the water thrashing. Six people did go out, but only 5 of them should have... as one went for a swim and had to be rescued. Made me glad of my decision not to go out. There was also a lot of debris out in the water. We did stay to watch the sunset on the lake, which was lovely. And I went for a walk on the beach. So, it wasn't a waste of time, it just wasn't time on the water. It looks li... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 23:11:45 EST Day 982... hungover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709364 Well, not from drinking, but from exercising. Probably from dehydration more than anything else. I woke up today feeling fuzzy headed, with a headache, and a little nauseous. I did drink a lot of water yesterday, but I also burned over 6,000 calories by midnight. The sunburn on my arms has not helped matters much. I was cold pretty much all day... and it was 80+ degrees out there today. I ended up wearing a jean jacket most of the day and long pants, and I still felt a little chilly at ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:20:12 EST Day 981... Everything balances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708319 I ate over my self imposed calorie limit today, but... I went kayaking for 7 hours today, burning about 5,000 calories. So, Indeed, everything balanced out! This isn't only true today, but over time. Some days I walk the minimum mileage I set for myself and that is fine, I still eat within my calorie range, because I know the next day I will totally rock the workout and burn more. As long as I run a small calorie deficit over time I will maintain my weight. I would rather feel satisfied ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:30:12 EST Day 980...Rockin' the casbah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707664 No, not really, but it WAS a really nice day. Started the day with a dog walk, then packed up myself, the dog, and the salad I made yesterday, and went out to my parents' house. It was Saturday, so I made lunch for everybody. First thing I did was pop the chicken in the oven to roast with some soy sauce, white wine and onion. Then I finished doctoring up the salad. I did NOT follow the recipe exactly. I guess I am constitutionally incapable of sticking to a recipe, but that is okay... i... Sat, 31 May 2014 20:27:08 EST Day 979... test scheduled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706903 I finally found out when my stress test is scheduled. I have to go in for that and an echo on the 18th of this month. I am still hoping the doctor is being overly cautious. These sorts of things make me nervous. I have to be there by 7am, too, which is way early for me to be up and functional. Oh well. Hopefully I pass with flying colors! <BR> <BR> Cooper was obstinate this morning on our walk. I wanted to go one way, and he surely did NOT want to go that way... so I let him pick our ... Fri, 30 May 2014 15:36:43 EST Day 978... Good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706355 Woke up late this morning. Well... woke up early, looked at my watch, rolled over and went back to sleep, then woke up again later than usual. So, breakfast was rushed, but I made sure I had some before my niece got here to go walking with me and Cooper. We walked pretty slow as Cooper is still limping a little. When we walk slow, or run really fast he uses all four legs, but at his middle speed he does his tripod impression. Then I went out to my parents' house with my niece. I helped ... Thu, 29 May 2014 21:54:47 EST Day 977... rest day for the dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705272 Cooper is getting a rest day today. This does NOT mean I do. I even laid in bed for an hour this morning after I woke up just snuggling with him. I figure I need to get plenty of cuddling time in now, since I will be leaving him with my parents for a month. Poor pup won't know what is going on, I just hope he is happy to see me when I get home! <em>535</em> <em>340</em> <BR> <BR> I just realized today is my Spark Anniversary. 3 years of fun and changes! It took me almost two y... Wed, 28 May 2014 13:51:12 EST Day 976... friends and the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704589 My friend, Angela, and her boyfriend, Harry, stopped by for lunch on her long drive to Arkansas. So, we had a picnic at my brother's place. Before she got there I made a beer run, and also picked up strawberries and a really nice Gouda cheese. So we had bacon wrapped beef filets and red peppers slices on the grill, along with corn, and spinach to go with our beer, strawberries and Gouda. Almost everything got eaten. I love grilled peppers! I am sad to see Angela leave the area, but wish... Tue, 27 May 2014 18:36:27 EST Day 975... Quiet day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703686 I have spent the day with my dog. He is good, quiet company. I walked him three times, though he is still limping and I ended up carrying him on our afternoon walk. Poor pup! <BR> <BR> I woke up before 5am this morning STARVING... so of course I resorted to junk food. I hate when I do that, but I don't know how to stop it from happening (well besides not having junk in my apartment to begin with). Thankfully it doesn't happen as often as it used to, and I quit after one Nutty Bar, but s... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:00:47 EST Day 974... More kayaking fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703158 Went out for another 3.5 hours of hard paddling this afternoon. Over 14 miles on Lake Erie. It was a totally different experience from yesterday's swamp paddle. I am a bit achy this evening. We have an opportunity to go paddle up in Buffalo tomorrow, but I turned it down. I am going to stay home and walk the dog, then cuddle with the dog, then walk the dog again. <BR> <BR> The first part of the day was mostly fun as well. Woke up, walked the dog, then went to my parents' to make lunch ... Sun, 25 May 2014 23:26:25 EST Day 973... Kayaking fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702324 Went kayaking with my brother for 3.5 hours this morning/afternoon. It was loads of fun. Straightaway sprints interspersed with technical swamp paddling. The carp were spawning in the shallows of the swamp. Those are some big fish thrashing around. At one point I thought they were going to capsize me! We also saw a mink, a beaver, a bald eagle, ducks and geese of various sorts and four big old turtles sunning themselves on a log. We were able to wander much farther into the swamp than ... Sat, 24 May 2014 19:26:17 EST Day 972... nice day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701740 Had another nice, calm day with the dog. He is still limping. I am starting to get concerned. We still walked over 10 miles over our three walks, but he was slow on our evening walk. <BR> <BR> Planning on getting an early start in the morning and going kayaking with my brother. I have no idea where we are going, but that is okay... he is driving. He finally got his car fixed, which is good. He had to get it fixed so it would pass inspection. The mechanic said it should be good for at ... Fri, 23 May 2014 22:14:45 EST Day 971 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700957 Nice calm day for me and the pup. Jeremy and I decided not to go kayaking today, as the weather was so iffy, but we will definitely go on Saturday and maybe tomorrow. Jeremy wants to get out on Lake Erie. I don't mind where we go. <BR> <BR> Walked Cooper a little farther this morning, and took him for a long walk this afternoon. He is still hopping around on three legs, but it doesn't seem to be slowing him down. It makes me tired to watch him though. <BR> <BR> I am getting nervous abo... Thu, 22 May 2014 18:23:44 EST