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/ 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 Day 970... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700332 Cooper is still gimpy, so short dog walks today, plus one long walk without him, some time on the rower, a little ST and some yoga. Dad wasn't allowed to drive today, so I drove him to the pharmacy and the grocery store. And I talked to my brother. He wants to go kayaking tomorrow, but I just checked the forecast and it says rain. So we might go kayaking, but then again maybe not. Water levels are extremely high which will affect where we paddle... if we paddle. <BR> <BR> I got some goo... Wed, 21 May 2014 22:19:36 EST Day 969... at the hospital all day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699509 If you want to see pictures from my trip go to 4a-healthy-bmi's page. She wrote a great blog with pictures and everything! <BR> <BR> Anyways... <BR> <BR> I spent the entire day at the hospital with my dad. Up at 4:30, so we could be on the road by 5am, and to the hospital by 6:15am. And then the cardiologist had an emergency, so they didn't take my dad back until after 10. My SIL came along, so she and I ate lunch while they were doing the procedure on my dad. Turns out there really is... Tue, 20 May 2014 20:42:04 EST Day 968... tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698684 I actually took a half hour nap today Because I was so tired. I didn't get home until 4am, and didn't get to sleep until after 5am, then I was up at 9am to go grocery shopping and go pick up my dog. And I have to be up by 4:30am tomorrow to go to Erie with my dad and SIL for his procedure. I have a feeling I might fall asleep in the car tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend though. It was definitely worth it. We didn't get out kayaking, but we did go to two English country dances. ... Mon, 19 May 2014 19:27:06 EST Day 965... spending time, but not wasting time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696271 I am at my friend's house for the weekend. Hopefully I can be of some help as she gets ready to move. Even if it is just being someone to listen while she vents. We did a little of that last night, but I don't know if it helped. <BR> <BR> My brother is off to DC for the weekend to see his daughter graduate from college. She invited me, but the crowds are going to be intense, and I would rather spend the weekend saying goodbye to Angela. He won't be back to pick me up until probably 10pm... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:29:01 EST day 963... getting ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695236 I am packed and ready to go away for the weekend. All I have to do in the morning is roll out of bed and go. I undoubtedly forgot something. LOL! I took care of signing the papers I thought I would have to take time to sign tomorrow. I also found out what my rent increase will be for this year. It isn't bad, in fact it is tiny. Also took care of paying the balance on the sea kayaking tour for this summer. I am going into debt to fund that trip, but it will be worth it (and if I am fru... Wed, 14 May 2014 21:53:25 EST Day 962... A wet, warm one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694481 It poured this morning, causing flooding in low lying areas and people's basements. There was even an evacuation notice for a nearby village that sits along a creek. Of course with the rain the humidity went up. It was a hot and sticky day, and I enjoyed it immensely. I didn't go for a run, though. 85 degrees, with high humidity is a touch much for me. Cooper really didn't like it. I ended up carrying him for part of our morning walk, we had a very, very short afternoon walk, and only ... Tue, 13 May 2014 22:17:59 EST Day 961... a nice day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693730 I spent most of the day in the company of my dog. I did go out and get some more blood work taken care of, and went for a run, but most of the day I was either walking the dog or playing with him or cuddling with him. I think he is a happy dog. <BR> <BR> The visiting nurse was supposed to come today, but didn't show up. When I called the office they said she was scheduled for tomorrow, but no one had called to inform me of this fact. I get frustrated with the office of the agency that co... Mon, 12 May 2014 21:51:38 EST Day 960... Happy Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692827 My eldest brother called just after noon today, inviting me to a Mother's Day lunch at 1pm. Of course I went. I think the best line from our conversations today was "Santa doesn't poop!" We were discussing FTL travel and the effects it would have on a body. We get off the rails on occasion. But we laugh... A LOT! Lunch was good. We had scrambled eggs and bacon, potatoes, asparagus, fruit salad with plain yogurt, french bread, and muffins. I only ate half a muffin. I split it with mom... Sun, 11 May 2014 20:12:30 EST Day 959... almost a rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692217 My leg is still bothering me, so no running, but Cooper felt like walking this afternoon, so I took him out for almost three hours. That was after lunch at my parents' house. My mushroom gravy turned out really well, if I do say so myself. After lunch I took mom to a local greenhouse to get flowers for her hanging baskets. I don't think we are doing anything as a family for Mother's Day, so that was my Mother's Day celebration. Works for me. <BR> <BR> I have nothing on my schedule for t... Sat, 10 May 2014 21:31:49 EST Day 958... a lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691577 Cooper did not want to walk today. I took him out for three short walks, but he definitely did not want to go for one of our long rambles. It was warm again today, though it started raining which cooled things off some. <BR> <BR> I was good and did not go for a run today, deciding to rest my leg. I did walk to the library to return some books, and did some dancing in my apartment. But spent a good bit of time just sitting and reading. It felt weird not to be doing as much. It looks lik... Fri, 9 May 2014 21:38:04 EST Day 957... a warm day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690870 It was weird to have a warm day. I even got a little color to my skin on my morning walk. Took a short run today, 1.4 miles. It is better than nothing. I think I pulled something though, so I think tomorrow will be a rest day. I don't want an injury, so I need to rest a little. I will still get my 120 minutes, but it will be walking and low impact exercise. <BR> <BR> I am tired tonight. I think I will curl up in the recliner and read for a while before heading for bed. I am a night o... Thu, 8 May 2014 21:36:07 EST Day 956... Just a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690110 I did go for a short run today and did a little shopping, but otherwise it was just another day. Of course all my days now are way, way much better than the way my life was 3 years ago. I am coming up on my 3 year Spark anniversary in a few weeks, and my one year maintenance anniversary. Getting to my goal weight was great, but maintaining my weight loss is an even bigger accomplishment in my opinion. When I was losing the weight I had the motivating factor of seeing the number on the sca... Wed, 7 May 2014 22:15:17 EST Day 955... Kayaking fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689313 Talked to me brother midday today, and he said the weather was too nice Not to paddle today. I had a lunch date and an afternoon appointment, so we decided to go ahead and paddle this evening on Cassadaga Lake. It is actually three lakes (Upper, Middle, and Lower). It was a bit windy, but we went anyways. We passed a bat that was making no progress against the wind. He was flapping hard, but getting nowhere. Poor little guy. He did eventually make it to land, but it took a while. We p... Tue, 6 May 2014 22:17:36 EST Day 954... A short run is better than no run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688266 I only went for a 15 minute run today, but that was 1.3 miles worth, so I will take it. I just didn't feel like going any further. At least I went out and ran, right? I did SOMETHING, rather than sitting and doing NOTHING! I got everything done that needed to get done today, and it is only 6pm, so I feel pretty good about that. <BR> <BR> I like the visiting nurse that came today, and she might become permanent, so that made me happy. I got my blood work done, and they only stuck me onc... Mon, 5 May 2014 18:20:29 EST Day 953... Have to laugh at myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687478 Laughing at myself beats getting mad at myself. Another day that was NOT a rest day. In fact I did more exercise today than yesterday. I have decided not to sweat it. I will take a rest day when I feel like it... and that isn't today. I didn't go for a run today. I just wasn't feeling like braving the chilly temperatures. I am definitely a fair weather runner. I went to my dad's last recital instead. He taught for about 35 years at the HS level, but his real love has always been musi... Sun, 4 May 2014 20:51:04 EST Day 952... What do I have to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686620 What do I have to do to get myself to take a rest day? Yesterday was supposed to be one... and I tracked 28 miles of activity on my Spark. And then today... I am already at 10 miles, and I still have to walk the dog tonight. I think I might be constitutionally incapable of taking a real "rest" day. LOL! <BR> <BR> Drove mom to Jamestown this morning, so she could run a cooking class. We were making sandwiches, but not just any sandwiches... These were supposed to be more architectural th... Sat, 3 May 2014 17:39:17 EST Day 951... no cowgirl fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685948 My SIL is not feeling well, so we are not going to ride the mechanical bull tonight. On one hand that is sad, but on the other hand I won't be tempted to eat the junk from the food vendors. My brother said he might want to go tomorrow night, but we will see. I am also not that upset, because I have to get up early in the morning to drive to Jamestown, and now I won't be out late. <BR> <BR> I planned to make today AND tomorrow rest days. So far I feel pretty lazy today, but somehow manage... Fri, 2 May 2014 17:52:30 EST Day 950... Just 50 days to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685251 I think I can see day 1,000 on the horizon! I think I can safely say that exercise (well, cardio anyways) has become a habit for me. I hate days when I don't walk and/or run at least 10 miles. Lately I have been averaging closer to 30 miles a day. I had been attempting to dial back a little, but the last four days I really blew that out of the water. Tomorrow and Saturday I will be otherwise occupied, so maybe I will succeed in taking two rest days, but I won't hold my breath. LOL! <BR>... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:00:25 EST