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/ Grumpy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780522 The weather is bumming me out today. Grey and chilly. Now it has started raining. I did get Cooper out for an hour and a half walk this morning, which was nice. Then I left him with my neighbor while I went to get blood work done, run to the post office to sort out a problem, and a trip to the corner store to pick up a couple things. My errands took me an hour. While I was gone her nurse came, and Cooper was bent on protecting my neighbor from that evil nurse.... wouldn't let her touch ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:51:08 EST Getting ready for Winter already... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779850 I went out to the farm early today, so Jeremy and I could start clearing the snow shoe trails through the woods. I got to ride some of the way in the bucket on the front of the tractor. He kept raising it way up in the air. Lots of fun. There is no trail clearing option in the fitness tracker, so I just listed it as hiking, even though I spent a lot of time bending, stretching, and slogging through mud. We cleared a lot of brambles, and took the chain saw to about ten trees that had fall... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:44:43 EST Nice day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779190 It was a cold, wet, windy day on the water... but I had a lot of fun kayaking this morning. I loaded the boat and my gear into the truck and took off by myself. I was meeting a group at the launch. I wasn't the first one there, but I pulled in second, so I had plenty of time to unload and gear up. My friend, Rebecca, showed up, which was great. The whole group was on the water by 10am. We all paddled out to a couple wetland conservancy sites, then the rest of the group paddled back the ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:28:54 EST Calm day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778794 After yesterday's excitement I thoroughly enjoyed my calm day today. Took Cooper out for a 2 hour walk this morning. Plus I went for a run, put in a little time on the bike, two more dog walks, ST, yoga... and I might have to boogie down for a little while. In between all that I visited with my neighbor, read 2 books, and cooked dinner. <BR> <BR> It looks like I am going kayaking tomorrow morning. There is a group outing on Cassadaga Lake. Jeremy is working up in Buffalo, so I will be g... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:02:22 EST Fire! Wait, no, not really... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778081 The building fire alarms went off this afternoon after I got back from the gym. No fire, thank goodness, but plenty of smoke. Fire department came out (2 engines), and tried to clear the building, but people kept wandering back into the building... if they left at all. One woman actually stood there arguing with one of the firemen about why she HAD to get back in the building. Argh! Of course that made it take longer for them to clear the building. The fireman mentioned that he has resp... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:34:31 EST Catching up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777482 I KNOW I can't cheat on sleep and make it up in one day, so it is no surprise that one good night's sleep and I am still tired. Hopefully I will have another one tonight and wake up tomorrow feeling refreshed and energized. <BR> <BR> I spent a good portion of the day today reading some of my new books. Cooper isn't too happy with me, as I have only taken him for short walks today, but I am hoping that the weather is fine tomorrow and he wants to go for a long ramble. After lunch I have a ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:01:24 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776822 My brothers are feuding at the moment. But they are both still talking to me. So, I end up hearing two very slanted perspectives on what is happening. Neither one wants to bend. My one brother came over to my apartment at 1:30am and talked for an hour and a half last night. Since I didn't get to bed until after 3am I was dragging all day. It did not make for a very cheerful day. But enough negative... I got out for a 40 minute run today, and the rain held off. We even had sunshine thi... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:10:24 EST My niece was in town today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776151 I took Cooper for a fairly long walk this morning, then went out to my parents' for lunch. My oldest niece was in town for the day to discuss financial stuff with her dad and our parents. Basically about helping her pay off her student loans and whether she wants to take on the responsibility of inheriting their farm should anything happen to her dad. Right now my brother, Jeremy, inherits everything (as per my request). But heaven forbid something happens then she would take on the respo... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:59:16 EST Yesterday's adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775346 I was way too tired last night to write a long blog about what I did all day, but I got a little sleep. (Not a lot since there were drunk college students yelling outside my window until 4:30 this morning.) <BR> <BR> So, what did I do all day...? <BR> <BR> I was up early to load the boats on my brother's car to go to the Conewango creek clean up event. That was a bit beyond my skill level. The water was too shallow, but the current was FAST. Not my favorite conditions. I was so focused... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:23:11 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774899 Too tired tonight to tell you about my day. I will write it tomorrow. Suffice to say I have been gone since 6am, and I just got home after 11:30 this evening. Time to go to bed! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:55:47 EST Quick check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774274 I got everything done today that was on my schedule, including grocery for myself and my parents. I got all the fixings for ratatouille, so I can make that on Sunday. I don't know if I will get a chance to check in tomorrow, as we are leaving early in the morning for creek cleanup, and then going for the full moon paddle in the evening. We need to fit in a meal or two in there as well. My dentist was pleased with my teeth and gums. Hopefully I won't need to go back for 6 months. <BR> <B... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 23:04:05 EST Nice day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773614 It was a nice day today. Mostly just me and the dog doing our thing. I did have a friend of the human variety to walk with us this evening, but other than that... <BR> <BR> Off to the dentist tomorrow. Just for a cleaning. I also have to stop and pick up my new sunglasses and run to the grocery store. Saturday will be a busy day too. We have creek cleanup most of the day, followed by the last moonlight paddle. (Well, the last organized one.) <BR> <BR> It was a little too warm for Co... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:32:22 EST Positive Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772974 I think I have been complaining more than usual lately, so I thought I would take a moment tonight to focus on some positive things. I have to say my life is pretty good right now. I have some health issues, but for the most part I am healthy and content. I took my dog kayaking with us tonight, and he behaved himself. He did try and jump into the lily pads, but I caught him, so no wet dog. Sunset was beautiful on the water. There are fun times coming up this month. Life is good. Most ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 23:19:33 EST Chilled... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772229 So, today ended up being a recovery day, as kayaking got canceled due to stormy weather. I still walked over 10 miles, picked blueberries for an hour or more (I wasn't looking at my watch), did some yoga and some squats, plus danced my crazy dance for about 10 minutes. Jeremy and I decided to take this rainy afternoon and go check out the new Cabela's store up in Buffalo. I picked up a few things, including a pendleton wool plaid shirt... which came in handy. I got soaked leaving the stor... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:25:24 EST Pain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771366 I woke up feeling fuzzy headed from all the exercise yesterday, but decided not to let that stop me. At least that was the plan. So, I walked the dog, then went for a run. It was torture. I felt slower than molasses in January. I ran for almost an hour though, just because I am stubborn like that. It is a decision I regret. I came in, sat down with a glass of water, and got hit with a horrible headache. I still tried to keep going, doing some ST and stretching, but eventually I gave u... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:38:19 EST And then... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770722 Got up at 5:30 this morning, so we could kayak at Allegheny Reservoir before the thunderstorms hit. Ate a big breakfast at Tim Horton's, because we were planning on being out for several hours, and we burn a LOT of calories. If I don't take in enough calories beforehand I get really shaky and uncoordinated. Not good. We were thinking the rain might hold off until noon, but it was raining when we got to the launch and rained off and on for the entire time we were out there. We paddled up ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:29:38 EST Recovery day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770035 I had two days of long runs, plus everything else I normally do, so today needed to be a recovery day. My legs are TIRED! I have plans to go kayaking tomorrow morning early, so my legs will probably get a second day off. Cooper is cooperating with my plan to take it easy today. It is pretty warm out, so he doesn't really want to walk. I did take him hiking at my parents' house. It was nice being in the shade of the woods. I also did a little time on the elliptical, just to get my heart... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:36:39 EST Dentist... and making plans for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769537 Woke up late this morning and had to rush out of the house. Just enough time to eat a banana, brush my teeth, drop the dog at mom and dad's and make it to the dentist exactly on time for my appointment. Breathless, but I made it. That molar is now 3/4 filling. He had to put a pin in it to make it strong enough. Lots of grinding. I always get this panicky feeling when they use the block to keep my mouth open. I stopped at the grocery store on the way to pick up the dog. I mostly stuck ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:31:04 EST Running until I drop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768944 Not really. It just felt that way. It was cool this morning, so after I walked the dog I went and ran for an hour or so. Not bad. Felt good. It was warmer around the middle of the day, so I just walked the dog and chilled with a good book, but it cooled off, so guess what I did? I went for another run. I did that thing I do where I just go out and run until I just can't anymore. That was nearly two hours. You know, I probably could have run that half marathon I was considering, but..... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:43:51 EST kayaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768392 Finally! I got out in the kayak. Might get out on Friday, but probably not, and maybe on Sunday. Walked the dog for 2 hours this morning, went for a 40 minute run (almost 4 miles), walked the dog again, read a book, walked the dog again, before my brother picked us up to go kayaking. Cooper hasn't been out kayaking with me yet this summer. I would like to take him out before the season is over though. His doggie life jacket should still fit him from last year. <BR> <BR> I will get on t... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:00:16 EST A warm one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767675 It was actually hot today. What a change. And it hasn't cooled off much since the sun went down. Cooper doesn't like to walk on hot days. Fussy pup! I went out for a long walk without him... after the visiting nurse left, and I walked with Patty to her doctor appointment. It was hot enough today to make me think that summer hasn't abandoned us yet. <BR> <BR> I have been rereading The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I really like her characters. And her plot lines keep me in... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:08:54 EST Just a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766963 I am not feeling inspired tonight. I did have a good day though. Went for a run. Picked up tickets for Bill Nye for my brother. Got my bloodwork done. Had lunch at the new restaurant in town. Drove mom to her mediation. Read a good book. Took the dog for a couple of walks. Had a lovely dinner that was mostly fresh veggies from my parents' garden. Nothing extraordinary. Just a nice, active day. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as pleasant. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:34:13 EST I give up... and I guess that is a good thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766281 I think it is time to embrace my inner fitness addict, and stop trying to fit into "supposed to's" and "should's". I was thinking I would try again to take a recovery day today, after yesterday's binge on the bike, but I got restless in the afternoon, and decided to go for a run... and just run until I was worn out. That took nearly 2 hours, and over 10 miles. I wasn't trying to break any speed records. I was just out there moving my body, in the fresh air and sunshine. I don't think I l... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:20:59 EST Ummm... did I say today was going to be a recovery day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765657 I was doing well at taking it easy this morning and through lunch time. Went out to my parents' house and made lunch with mom. Then I came home, took the dog for a short walk, and picked up a new book to read on the stationary bike. What can I say... it was a good book... that took me nearly four hours to finish... and then I hopped off the bike. Oh well. It WAS a good book. My legs are a little jellified now, but I still feel good, so I will smile about it, and try for that recovery da... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:03:47 EST 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