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/ Day 45- Compliant... taking it a little easier today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092837 It snowed last night and got colder, so Cooper isn't as interested in going for long rambles when I take him out for his walks, which means that I am actually taking it a little bit easier today. (notice I didn't say taking it easy... just easier...) The drive out to mom and dad's was a bit of an adventure this morning, but dad had plowed their driveway, so I didn't really have a problem getting up their driveway. <BR> <BR> Cooper's evening walk yesterday was about 30 seconds long, after h... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:43:16 EST Day 44- Compliant... new PR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092018 Food is pretty much spot on once again. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym this morning with my brother. I decided to really go for the speed today, and ended up with 8.09 miles in 65 minutes, at incline. I was huffing and puffing, and sweating like crazy! Then I did 65 minutes on the elliptical, and 16 minutes on the bike, and THEN weights! After that, boy, did I need calories. I still got my regular order at our favorite restaurant. No need to go crazy and order something with a million calor... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:59:31 EST Day 43- Compliant... practicing resistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091166 Food is pretty much perfect again. I think I am really getting the hang of this food thing. By the time 100 days rolls around it should pretty much be automatic. That said, I got practice today in resisting the food pushers. Both at lunch and dinner. Lunch was easy, as I had errands to run, so I just said I had to run. Dinner I had to stick to my guns and say "no"... repeatedly. I had already tracked my meal and the option she was offering would have thrown everything off. I would not... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:24:47 EST Day 42- Compliant... and new PR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090499 Today was a gym workout day with my brother, Jeremy. Normally we hop on treadmills next to each other and go for 65 minutes (60 minutes of workout and a 5 minute cool down). I thought I was pushing myself harder with him beside me, but I blew that theory out of the water today. Today he decided to use the elliptical as he had a blister on his foot that was aggravated by the treadmill, so I was alone on the treadmill. So, I cranked up the incline and the speed and went into a zone. I men... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:21:09 EST Day 41- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089464 I do 30 minutes of yoga when I first get up in the morning. It isn't pretty or graceful by any means, but it gets me moving in the morning, and I feel more centered during the day if I do it. It means getting up 30 minutes earlier, which can be difficult at times as I am very much NOT a morning person, but the benefits are worth it. Cooper likes to "help" me with my yoga. He crawls under me, or on top of me or tries to hump my arm. Usually he makes me laugh. After yoga, we drive out to ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:50:59 EST Day 40- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088773 Pretty much perfect on the food plan today. I tend to eat similar things on a daily basis, so I know what the macronutrient proportions are going to look like when I plan my day's menu in the morning. I eat a low carb/high fat diet, which is sort of a modified Atkins meal plan. I lost a few pounds very fast, then stalled for a while, which I expected, but now I am losing again. That might also have something to do with the wicked workouts I am doing at the gym 3-4 days a week, with active... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:47:22 EST Day 39- I think I will aim for 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087916 100 days that is... of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan. So far I have missed the target on four days, so my letter grade would still be pretty good. That is a little over two more months of sticking like glue to my nutrition plan on a daily basis. I think I have proven to myself that I can do it, without too much stress or trouble. I rarely feel deprived, or hungry. Even on the days I go to the gym and work out I usually feel pretty satisfied, though I do tend to increase the prot... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:48:30 EST Day 38- Active Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087000 The forecast this morning was for rain, but it cleared up by 10am, so guess who wanted to walk? Yep, you guessed it... the Cooper dog! I walked him a little over 5 miles this morning, and a mile this afternoon, and he gets a walk after dinner as well. The wind was crazy overnight and the barometric pressure switch was dramatic... which may have contributed to yesterday's migraine. Our power went out for a while this afternoon, but that was due to an accident in town, not the weather. I... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:23:25 EST Day 37- 100% compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086000 I like feeling safe enough to drive the car with the new tires... though all the snow has pretty much melted anyways, so it would probably be okay with the old tires right now. We are expecting more snow tomorrow night though. So most mornings I drive out to mom and dad's and have coffee with them. 3-4 mornings a week Jeremy and I go to the gym after coffee, leaving Cooper with mom and dad to play. Today was one of those mornings. I told myself (and Jeremy) before we got to the gym that ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:44:45 EST Day 36- Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085140 It was a minor detour off of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan. I got right back on track today. It was a decent day weather wise, and Cooper wanted to walk, so I indulged him. We have walked over 10 miles so far, and he gets one more walk after dinner still. I have a feeling it might be a short walk though. <BR> <BR> Jeremy and I have plans to go to the gym in the morning, so Cooper will go spend the morning with our parents. Jeremy and I have been really consistent about getti... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:39:02 EST Day 35- Perhaps I spoke too soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084136 Or maybe my inner rebel had a fit when I said in yesterday's blog that being compliant with my nutrition plan was becoming a habit... because today I took a little detour down cheesecake lane. I doubt it will do any damage in the long run, but it is kind of ironic that I caved the day after posting that. I am not beating myself up over it. And I savored every bite. And I worked Really hard at the gym this morning. I did 7.5 miles on the treadmill (at incline) in 65 minutes, then did weig... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:57:59 EST Day 34- It is becoming a habit to be compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083431 Went out to my parents' house for lunch today. They have gotten used to my dietary quirks, and enjoy what I cook for them. I always add an item or two for them, that I just don't put on my plate. Today was sauteed veggies with a garnish of crispy pork, and a salad... and they had homemade applesauce too. The veggies were just about perfect, and the pork was extra crispy, just the way I like it. Yum! There was a little leftover salad that mom said they used to make sandwiches for dinner.... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:37:55 EST Day 33- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082684 I failed to meet the challenge of planning my meals the night before for the last two days. It just doesn't work for me. Planning in the morning as I plan out my day works much better. I have a routine that I stick to most of the time, but there is always the possibility of going to the gym, which drastically alters my calorie needs for the day. Today was one of those days. I did 9.5 miles on the treadmill in 90 minutes. I slowed down the speed a little, but increased the incline and th... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:23:16 EST Day 32- Back to 100% Compliance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081753 After yesterday's detour, I got right back on track today. Yesterday was weird though. I eat a high fat/low carb diet, and yesterday I ate whatever struck my fancy, so french fries and a sub ended up going down the hatch... or way more carbs than I am used to. I got full fast, and I didn't get hungry again until late in the evening. So, I ended up only eating about 1,100 calories for the day. (And I fell asleep before I could have that beer I planned on... <em>39</em> .) <BR> <BR> To... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:04:11 EST Day 31- Not compliant... but I knew ahead of time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080834 Today was my 3rd day missing the target of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan, but I had decided yesterday that I was going to go off plan today. I tracked everything, and I am still under calories for the day after a killer workout at the gym, but my macronutrients are all out of whack, and I pre planned a beer for later tonight, which will really throw a wrench in things. But every once in a while I want to indulge myself. It has to do with balance. It was funny though, I couldn't e... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:22:02 EST Day 30- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079968 Today ended up being a rest day for me and Cooper, as it rained all morning, so Cooper did NOT want to walk this morning and I had my neurology appointment this afternoon. Cooper spent the afternoon with my parents. Dad said they let him out a couple of times by himself (no leash), and he was waiting to be let back in both times. Jeremy drove me to my appointment, and we went out to a late lunch after, but I knew which restaurant we were going to go to, so I had already planned what I was ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:00:56 EST Day 29- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079003 Close to a perfect day for food. Fitness wasn't bad either. <BR> <BR> Started the day with 30 minutes of yoga ( with Cooper "helping"), then took Cooper out for a 30 minute walk. Crated him, and walked to the gym. Jeremy and I were both early to the gym today, which NEVER happens... one or the other of us usually runs in about 10 minutes late, (usually Jeremy) but the stars must have aligned correctly for a change. We cranked out our usual hour on the treadmill. I picked up the pace. ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:59:18 EST Day 28- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077985 That is 4 weeks of compliance with my nutrition plan (minus two days off plan)... What next? Well, the pre-planning challenge for the 5% challenge continues for another week, so I think I am going to go for another week of 100% compliance. I am not sure if it will happen though, as Wednesday will be a Subway dinner I think, which will put me way over on carbs... if I get my usual. I know that I could just get a salad and forgo the sub sandwich, but it already sounds good... LOL! I think ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:03:43 EST Day 27- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077231 Quiet day at home with the dog. I am still resisting driving, even though the roads are mostly clear now. So, no trip out to mom and dad's for lunch. I did take Cooper out for a 4 mile hike in the snow before breakfast. But spent most most of the day puttering or pedaling and reading. I got chilled yesterday morning on the way to the gym and I am still feeling that chill. It doesn't help that I didn't have the heat turned on in my apartment yesterday! Most of the tenants in the apartm... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:49:21 EST Day 26- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076508 Went to the gym this morning, so that meant an earlier than usual start to the day. Got in my 30 minutes of yoga (with accompanying puppy antics), then took Cooper out for a 35 minute walk, before crating him, and making the walk to the gym. Not so dreadfully cold today, so I didn't layer up as much as usual. Might be I should have gone with the layers after all, because I have been chilled ever since. Anyways... did 8 miles on the treadmill at an incline, then did 2.5 miles on the bike, ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:07:35 EST Day 25- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075618 Finally got back out on the snowshoes! Gorgeous conditions. It snowed a lot up on the hill overnight so there was plenty of fresh powder. I am still boycotting the driving thing, so Jeremy came to get me around 2:45pm. We had to go that late because the visiting nurse was scheduled to come visit me today, and a friend agreed to go to the grocery store for me, so I had to wait for both of those things to happen. Got both accomplished and got the laundry taken care of (necessary with the s... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 17:21:14 EST Day 24- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074896 Stayed 100% compliant on the nutrition front, but reminded myself to stay flexible with my fitness plans. Jeremy decided he would rather wait and go snow shoeing tomorrow, so I walked Cooper 3 times, and pedaled and read, did 4 miles with Leslie Sansone, and a short dance workout. That's enough. I was dealing with a migraine hangover after all. It has been snowing lightly on and off for a while, so maybe there will be better conditions for snow shoeing tomorrow anyways. <BR> <BR> Went ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:13:26 EST Day 23- Nutrition compliant... fitness derailed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073822 That demon migraine got me again today. I woke up with it this morning, so I took the medicine, climbed back in bed and stayed there until nearly 10:30am, when Cooper insisted I HAD to get up and take him for a walk. It had backed off enough that I was able to take him out for as long as he wanted, which turned out to be a little over 2.5 miles. He is one tough pup! It was about -1F with the windchill, and he refuses to wear a jacket or boots. Afterwards I met Jeremy for lunch at our fav... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:35:00 EST Day 22- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072930 Residual hungries from yesterday, but I am sticking to the plan. The snow tapered off over the morning, but the side streets were still slimy, as I found out when I walked to the lab to get my blood work done. I had to walk in the street as the sidewalks weren't cleared, and were actually blocked from where driveways had been plowed, leaving knee deep piles across the sidewalks, so I just walked in the street, as it was easier. Even that was a bit tricky. Anyway, I thought of those tires ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:05:25 EST Day 21- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071899 The day isn't over, but I figure I will be compliant if I made it this far. The rebel in me is really fighting this planning the night before thing though. I am following the plan so far, but it isn't making me happy, and I doubt it is a habit I will maintain. <BR> <BR> I met my brother at the gym today, after walking the dog and doing my wake-up yoga. I decided to crank out the miles at an incline. Burned through nearly 1200 calories just on the treadmill, then did a little time on th... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:26:36 EST Day 20- I will be compliant? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071148 The day's not over, so it isn't a guarantee, but I feel good about the probability. I have walked Cooper a little over 7 miles so far today, and he still gets one more walk this evening after Dinner. We actually had mostly clear sidewalks today after a warmer day yesterday and sporadic rain overnight cleared most of the snow and ice. I probably could have gotten away with not clearing the car off, and just let the snow melt, but I feel better knowing I got it cleared off. Of course the fo... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:51:20 EST Day 19- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070379 I broke down and dug out the car today. I forget how heavy snow is... until I have to shovel some, then I quickly remember! I got down to black top, and cleared the car off completely. Only took me about 20 minutes to unbury the car. Not bad. Of course, it is supposed to snow again on snow again on Sunday and Monday, so I am going to have to clear the car off to take Cooper to the vet on Monday anyways, but I won't have to shovel it out, I will probably just have to clear the windshield.... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:02:12 EST Day 18- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069802 It was a quiet day today. I did get some cleaning done. And I walked Cooper for an hour in the snow. Battled that stupid migraine again today, but felt well enough to go out with my brother and his daughter for dinner. That meant Cooper went in the crate for three hours this evening. I always wonder how he does in the crate while I am gone. He always seems fine when I get home, but I never know if he spent his time barking or not. I might go snow shoeing with Jeremy tomorrow, but maybe... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:36:28 EST Day 17- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068850 Nutrition was pretty much spot on today... or it will be if I eat my last snack of the day. Last night I didn't eat my last two snacks, so I ended up quite low on calories. That has been happening more often lately. I get distracted, and then it is bedtime, and I have only eaten 800-900 calories for the day. Ooops! Another argument in favor of forcing myself to eat more for breakfast I guess. <BR> <BR> Started my day slowly with puppy cuddles in bed, watching the snow fall (still). I d... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:31:54 EST Day 16- Not compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067895 I left dinner up to my neighbor. Never a good idea. She just doesn't get it. Oh well, it is one meal, one day. The rest of the day was good. Whiteouts today. I walked Cooper before it got bad, but a lot of sidewalks still aren't cleared, so he has to bound through the deep stuff. He doesn't seem to mind. In fact, he wanted to walk for about an hour this morning. Since then I have just taken him out on the basement patio. He is already going a little stir crazy. Jeremy and I might g... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:23:45 EST Day 15- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066928 I completed 2 weeks of the 100 % compliance challenge with only one day non-compliant. So, I am going to try for a third week. When Doglady13 proposed the challenge she set herself up for a month. I was a bit more modest in my goals and only signed on for one week, but here I am starting week three... LOL! I guess I am a bit more competitive with myself than I figured. <BR> <BR> It snowed all night. Schools were closed today, and there were roads closed and travel bans and advisories in... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:46:35 EST Day 14- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065958 I squeaked it in today, but I managed it. The snow has started. I tried to take Cooper out for his afternoon walk, and we got about 10 feet outside the doors and he made a u-turn and decided he had had enough this slop. Silly dog. Usually he doesn't mind snow, but this is very wet snow, with high winds. Maybe he is smarter than me. So, we are going to snuggle for a few hours before I try taking him out again. I think I am going to the gym in the morning with Jeremy. It is supposed to ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:54:21 EST Day 13- Not compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065129 The snacking got away from me today. I didn't go way off track, but I was not 100% compliant. <BR> <BR> I am going to practice prudence and pass on the gym tomorrow. That left hamstring and hip are still bothering me today. I walked Cooper for 2 hours this afternoon, and I probably should have cut it short. It doesn't really "hurt" I just have a little discomfort. Enough that I don't want to stress it with the kind of workout I seem driven to do at the gym. <BR> <BR> We are expectin... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 18:33:10 EST Day 12- Compliant (Spot on) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064328 I ate out for lunch and dinner today and managed to be pretty much spot on target for the day! <BR> <BR> Started the day with 30 minutes of yoga and 3 miles WATP, then headed out for coffee. I got out a Tim Horton's gift card for Christmas, but it is almost gone, and then I will be back to brewing my own coffee and taking it with me. (Cooper will miss his Timbits!) I took my coffee and the dog to my parents' house, as usual. I enjoy our early morning chats. Today I left Cooper with them... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 19:47:54 EST Day 11- Compliant (sort of) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063458 I went just a little high on carbs today, not by a lot, so I guess I can still say I am compliant, but I have to keep an eye on that and not let it creep up there. <BR> <BR> It was a pretty busy day. Started it with my usual 30 minutes of yoga, then took Cooper out for a 2 hour walk. It was sunny and halfway warm, so I figured he would want to do the longer walk today, and I didn't need to meet my dad until 1pm. I had time, as it was, to go get my blood work done and get my lunch between ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:20:55 EST Day 10- compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062471 I managed to make a running stop at the grocery store for a few staples, so I will be capable of staying compliant based on my food options. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym today. Ran uphill for 81 minutes on the treadmill (60 minutes on one treadmill, then, since no one else was using the treadmills I moved to the next one over and did another 21 minutes... all uphill... my glutes are feeling it!), then did 16 minutes on the bike, before heading for the weights. I am able to put more than my bo... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 20:10:49 EST Day 9- compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061325 But I need to go grocery shopping if I am going to stay compliant! I will either go tomorrow afternoon or Thursday afternoon. I need to go tomorrow, but time constraints may not allow. Tonight I popped a spaghetti squash in the oven. Leftovers should last me a couple of days. But I am out or nearly out of most of my staples. <BR> <BR> It was bitterly cold last night, but it warmed up a bit during the day... enough that Cooper wanted to go for a 5.5 mile walk this afternoon. Little dog ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 17:40:05 EST Day 8- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060323 I only set up the 100% compliance challenge for 7 days, but I am doing well with it, so I am going to try for another 7 days. <BR> <BR> I got up early enough to do 30 minutes of yoga before walking to the gym to meet my brother. Brrrrrrr... it was cold! Invigorating! I hopped right on that treadmill and after a warm up I cranked up the incline and speed. Not quite 6 miles in 65 minutes, but the incline made it tough. Then I did a few minutes on the bike and elliptical before heading off... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 18:25:55 EST Day 7- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059358 I had a migraine hangover today... all the physical symptoms of an alcohol hangover, but brought on by a migraine. No fun. But I went about my day anyways. <BR> <BR> I did NOT go to the gym this morning, instead Jeremy and I will go early tomorrow morning. I am not looking forward to walking to the gym tomorrow morning, as the forecast is calling for temps to be about -5F. Brrrrrrrrr... I will wear layers. I am thinking Cooper will get short walks tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I did go to my pa... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:19:06 EST Day 6- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058360 I made the effort to explain to the main food pusher in my life that I didn't need to eat pizza... ever... and she took it pretty well. So, I might be able to extend my 100% compliance challenge to 2 weeks. It is complicated, but she owed me a meal, and I didn't feel I could say no, but we came to a compromise that suits us both. I love when that happens! I was able to stay compliant today and eat everything I planned. I think I need to to put a low end limit on my calories for complianc... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 20:46:56 EST Day 5- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057358 I have definitely become a weather wimp this Winter. I walked the dog for 34 minutes this morning, and that was enough of that for me! But I had made plans with my brother to go to the gym, so I girded my loins and packed my gym bag and headed back out into the blowing snow and walked to the gym. It takes me 10-15 minutes to walk, so why would I drive? I would have to spend about that much time shoveling and clearing off the car anyways, so I might as well walk. I started the day with t... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:35:15 EST Happy New Year... Day 4- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056287 I am ending the year the way I started the year... with a migraine. This one is kicking my butt. Cooper's walks have been exceedingly short today, partially due to the weather which is half snow/half rain muck, and partially due to my headache. I pedaled and listened to music for a while, but was unable to read. The headache did NOT knock me off track of my nutrition plan though. It was Day 4 of my 100% compliance challenge, and I was pretty much spot on. It does help that pretty much a... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:06:59 EST Day 3- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055517 First day back at the gym... it was harder than I remember... LOL! I will get back into the swing of things there. Over an hour of cardio (bike and treadmill), and some weights. I avoided the upper body weight machines, as my poor head was already giving me fits by the time I was done with my cardio. Afterwards, Jeremy and I went out for lunch. I made a good choice. Not what I had planned, but one of the specials that fit my nutrition plan, and sounded super yummy. We plan on going bac... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:26:32 EST Day 2- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054935 I stayed on track today, despite a power outage that required that I leave the refrigerator shut until after 7pm. No power since the middle of the night. We did have partial power for about an hour this morning, but even that went away by 10am. I spent the day walking the dog and working out... not much different than usual, just without the soundtrack, so it seemed to go on longer. We DO have power back as of about an hour ago though, so I can track everything and see if I really was as... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:55:47 EST Winter begins... finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054230 We have freezing rain tonight. The world's a skating rink. Cooper was completely uninterested in going out. He peed on the wood chips just outside the basement door of our apartment building and then ran right back to the door and waited for me to let him back in the building. No way was he going out in that junk! I did walk him about 5 miles earlier in the day before it started precipitating. He doesn't mind cold, he just doesn't like WET and cold. I worked out mostly inside today... ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:03:34 EST Gray day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053528 Cold, wet day today, but still no snow, so I am not complaining too much. Cooper is fussing for both of us though. I took him out despite the drizzle, and he was a miserable pup. He kept looking up at me like "why are you doing this to me?" Right now he is curled up in my lap, snoring... nice and warm, and dry. We are supposed to get our first real storm of the season either New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. My brother still hasn't put new tires on the car, so I have a feeling I won't b... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:27:14 EST Back into my routine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053052 It was Saturday, so I went to my parents' house for coffee in the morning and stayed to make lunch for them, as per our usual routine. We had turkey, fresh roasted brussells sprouts, salad and beets. The sprouts were from dad's Winter garden. I took Cooper out for a couple short walks while we were there. He didn't seem really interested in long walks today. His afternoon walk was only 30 minutes and I have taken him out twice since then for shorter walks. I think we are done for the ni... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 19:48:36 EST Merry Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052601 Quiet morning with mom and dad and Cooper. I left Cooper with them for the day, so I could spend the day working out and getting ready for Christmas dinner with my BFF, Jen, and her family. She was running a little late, but that was fine, because with her that means 5 minutes... not an hour or more. We exchanged gifts when we got to her parents' house. She got me a new set of crayons and a coloring book, and a DR Who DVD set. She also returned a couple books I had lent her a couple of m... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 19:42:39 EST Merry Christmas Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052260 We do our big family Celebration on Christmas Eve. I got my contribution cooked, all my presents wrapped (I wrapped most of them a couple weeks ago, so I only had about 4 left to wrap today), took Cooper for a nice long walk, and walked over to my SIL's mother's house by 4:30. It was an adventure toting everything over in hand with Cooper's leash in the other hand. Good thing he is a well behaved dog! My brother, Jonathan, had set the time for dinner tonight at 5pm, but he and his family ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 21:22:00 EST Time to smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051766 I had to make a quick run to the grocery store for my mom this afternoon. Oy, good thing I could use the self check out, because the other lanes were backed up. Remind me not to go to the store the day before Christmas Eve... it was a madhouse! Today was a better day than yesterday though. I am trying to put the unpleasantness behind me. Time to let go and move on. <BR> <BR> Cooper got 3 walks, I pedaled and read. Started the day with 30 minutes of yoga and did 45 minutes later in the ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:43:24 EST