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Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:07:42 EST Typical Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970388 It was just a typical Saturday for me. Went out to my parents' house in the morning to make lunch for them. I made tilapia today, and it came out pretty perfect... moist and flaky. Last time I made fish for Saturday lunch I overcooked it, so today was vindication. <BR> <BR> 3 dog walks with Cooper today, just a little ST, and some yoga, and I read a book while I was on the bike, so today was almost a rest day. I guess it depends on what I do the rest of the day. It is nice out, so I mi... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 18:07:54 EST Trivia win, neuro, dog-time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969953 Last night I went to Trivia Night, and our team won handily, even though there were several football questions, which our team tends to miss. I did well on the food, passing on the free "potato tots" which are panko breaded tater tots with bacon. I stuck to what I ordered and enjoyed my food. The weird part was coming home to no dog since I took him out to my parents' house in the morning, as I knew I would be occupied most of yesterday and today, so Cooper spent the night with them. <BR>... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:48:10 EST No rest for the wicked... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968808 I got a slow start to the day, and thought I was going to make today a rest day... but no. I did my yoga challenge video of the day, then just had to do a fitness blender workout, followed by 5 miles with Leslie Sansone. Then I figured since I was sweaty that I should go for a run. What the heck, why not?! Right? <BR> <BR> Add in Cooper's walks, and it was no longer a rest day. LOL! <BR> <BR> That is okay. There is always tomorrow, or maybe Friday. Probably Friday, since I have a doc... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:18:44 EST Calm night on the lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968283 I went kayaking on Lake Erie this evening. It was glass flat, and the sunset was gorgeous. I guess the smoke haze from the wildfires in Manitoba have dissipated enough that we have our sunsets back. There were 6 of us out there tonight. We launched from the beach at Barcelona, instead of at the kayak launch, because the launch was pretty slimy. Goose poop soup! I just got home from picking Cooper up from my parents' house. He spent all afternoon with them too, as I had PT this afternoo... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:46:48 EST Done for the day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967622 I just wasn't very hungry today... so I ate fairly lightly. The scale was good to me this morning, so I took that positive feeling and channeled it into exercise: 4 dog walks, time on the exercise bike, a good run, a WATP workout, my yoga challenge video of the day, and nearly an hour of circuits. Not bad considering Summer has finally made an appearance and it is both hot and humid. <BR> <BR> I also got in an appointment with my therapist and grocery shopping. That seems like enough for ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:53:21 EST Celebrating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967082 I really like my family, but they are a little kooky. We celebrated my parents' 49th anniversary this morning with brunch at my favorite restaurant. There were 10 of us around the table, and probably 12 conversations happening all at once! <BR> <BR> After brunch I walked Cooper, then grabbed a book out of TBR pile and hopped on the bike. When I got off the bike I did the yoga challenge video of the day, then a different video, followed by a WATP workout. Then I took Cooper out again, bef... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:51:11 EST Getting outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966606 Spent my morning with my parents. I went early to have coffee with mom, before making lunch for them. Today I made a big pot of ratatouille, with a side of green beans. While mom and I were having coffee we were also snapping beans. My dad had picked three different varieties, so we had to sort them before we could snap them. We got them all done though. After lunch I did the dishes, and cleaned up the kitchen, before heading home. We are all meeting in the morning at a restaurant for... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:43:34 EST ...And yet more books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966108 Ha, I took mom to the Literacy Volunteers book sale today, and bought two grocery bags of new to me books. She did too, but we donated two bags of books as well. My TBR stack next to my recliner is enormous. (Actually it is more like 4 stacks.) After the book sale we went grocery shopping, then to TJ Maxx. I bought underwear and a blender bottle with a gift card I got for my birthday. I think the washing machine eats my underwear, because they disappear and I have no clue where they go.... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:07:18 EST A picnic, and more books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965619 The visiting nurse came this morning, so Cooper only had a short walk. Then I went grocery shopping and cleaned my apartment, including doing the laundry and taking out the trash, as well as vacuuming and scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom. Then this afternoon I went to a birthday picnic for my BFF. She has a miniature schnauzer, Gatsby, that Cooper generally gets along with, so he got to come along. The first thing we did when I got to the picnic was have Jen grab Gatsby and we took both... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:16:08 EST Bookstore fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965099 I joined my BFF, Jen, and her mom for an excursion to Hamburg to visit a used bookstore that Jen had heard of and wanted to visit. First though I dropped Cooper off with my mom. I left plenty of time, so I could have a cup of coffee with her. That was nice. A couple of false starts on the day, with wardrobe malfunctions, and a last minute stop at the bank, and we finally got underway. It is only a 45 minute drive to Hamburg on the Thruway, and we managed that fine, but Jen's GPS was slow... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:28:07 EST A mostly good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964496 My blood work still isn't right, so I have to go get more next Thursday. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Other than that it was a pretty good day. I walked Cooper 4 times, hopped on the bike for an hour did 2 youtube workouts, including the yoga challenge workout of the day. I am not seeming to get any better at the yoga, but I persevere. I haven't eaten much yet today, but I am about to make dinner. Steak, with broccoli and onion. I was thinking about having chicken, but I had chicken for the last th... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:41:58 EST Trying new things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963995 A slow day for me and Cooper. I did get my blood work done. My neighbor, Patty, also needed to get hers done, so we decided to take Cooper and take turns going in to get our blood drawn. The tech was so excited that we brought him, that she had to take a quick break to go and pet him. And then one of the nurses from the doctor's office next door came out to pet him too. He was very well behaved and didn't snap at anyone. Sometimes if we are walking he gets annoyed with interruptions if ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:38:31 EST More details on last night's paddling adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963354 Quiet day today, just me and the dog. He got 4 walks today, but none of them were really long. It is hot and humid, and it tires him out. I spent a while today picking fleas off him. I am really thankful that my parents are willing to dogsit pretty much whenever I need them too, but when I get him back he always has at least a few fleas. I don't think they put a flea collar on their cat, so their house always has fleas. I treat Cooper with a topical anti flea and tick medication, so the... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:47:22 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963001 Got out in the kayak tonight. Had a blast. Didn't hit any deer on the drive home. Win all the way around! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:59:02 EST Middle of the night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962412 It is an ongoing problem of mine that if I get up in the middle of the night (around 3-4am) I tend to eat. And when I eat at that time of night I eat too much of the wrong things. I have not had to deal with cravings for a month and a half since I switched to low carb, but last night at 3am the munchies struck. I ate half a jar of peanuts. Thankfully I don't have anything junkier than peanuts in my kitchen or I would have been noshing on whatever was sweet, salty, or crunchy with no rega... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:51:10 EST Home maintenance day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961883 Today was a day I spent with the little, basic home maintenance chores. Everything from cleaning the toilet to counting my loose change. Also fit in grocery shopping and PT, along with my regular exercise, which includes about 3 hours spent walking the dog. After yesterday's rather chill day, it felt a little weird to be so productive. LOL! <BR> <BR> My SIL and brother and their family are home finally from NYC. She had surgery to remove part of her lung as the cancer was not responding... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:21:35 EST Chill day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961334 Both for activity and temperature. It only got up to about 65 degrees today, and it was much cooler in the shade. It has definitely been a cool Summer here so far. As for everything else, I just kind of did my thing. Rolling along without much stress or conflict. My neighbor tried to get me to go to coffee hour in the commons room of our apartment building, but I maintained my position, and grabbed a book and hopped on the bike instead. I can't stand socializing with a vocal majority of... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:07:47 EST Where is Noah when you need him? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960917 We had a LOT of rain last night and today. There was flooding, roads washed out, sinkholes and evacuations. We got over 5 inches of rain in about 2 hours at one point. The main road connecting the north and south ends of the country will be closed for a few days. There are ways to get around, but you have to know the backroads. <BR> <BR> I thought I was getting Cooper out for his morning walk during a break in the rain, but I miscalculated... and we ended up walking for about 15 minutes... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:15:58 EST Traipsing around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960326 Jeremy and I set out to go kayaking this morning, but when we got to Cassadaga the wind was gusting a bit too much, so we decided to check out Lake Erie... another no go... so we checked out Bear Lake, which is where we finally put in the kayaks. It took a while but we found some water to paddle. <BR> <BR> Afterward we stopped for lunch. I had an omelette, but skipped the toast and potatoes, and had one tiny bite of Jeremy's cake. I did drink a lot of water though. <BR> <BR> The rest of ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:51:21 EST Restful sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959757 I did not go kayaking today. Stayed home and cuddled with the dog instead. The plan is to go kayaking tomorrow morning. Cooper wasn't feeling like walking much, so we walked for just over 60 minutes... spread out over three walks. I don't know why, but he just wasn't feeling it today. Maybe tomorrow evening he will feel like a longer walk. I hopped on the bike and read two books today. I also spent a little time cooking ahead a little. Sometimes I like to have a couple things ready to... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:24:57 EST Typical Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959204 Had a nice day today. Started the day with a short walk with the dog. Then I packed up some pasta and flour that I don't want in my kitchen anymore, and headed off to my parents' house. Mom was pleased to get the food, and we put together a tasty lunch. We had steak, broccoli, sauteed zucchini and onions, salad, and mom experimented with a crustless, low carb cheesecake that turned out really yummy. I washed all the dishes (including pots and pans), then left, as mom wanted to go to a le... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:34:03 EST Fun birthday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958783 I turned 41 today. Started the day with a walk with my dog, then headed off for lunch with my BFF, Jen, at my favorite restaurant. I ate well. I got a tenderloin and blue cheese salad and lots of water. Then headed home again to walk the dog again. Had dinner with my neighbor (and she actually cooked this time!), followed by a movie with my brother, Jeremy. We went to see Minions. Mostly kids in the audience, so it was noisy, but I think it just added to the movie atmosphere. Lots of ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:22:42 EST Hunger Vs Craving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958247 I was hungry today, but I wasn't craving junk. I was plenty satisfied with healthy options. I have been in maintenance for what... about 2 years now? And I am just now learning to tell the difference between a craving, and true hunger. They really are quite different. I used to feed my emotions which triggered cravings for "comfort food", but had no real connection to what I had already eaten that day, or what kind of activity I had undertaken. For me I needed to eat on a schedule. Smal... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 19:31:04 EST Went kayaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957797 Drove down to Ashville and went to the outfitter store to buy new paddling gloves before heading to the launch. It was an interesting evening. It was a little chilly and very overcast. I did not need my sunglasses or hat this time. I was glad to put on my sweatshirt when we got off the water though. We saw two pairs of osprey fishing, paddled right up to a deer standing beside the river, and chased a beaver until he slapped his tail and dove under water... plus the usual ducks and kingfi... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 23:26:24 EST Active day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957166 Only had two walks with Cooper today as he spent the afternoon with my parents, so I could go to appointments and run errands. Had PT first, then went straight to my psychiatrist. Also went grocery shopping, and stopped at the pharmacy. Not a crazy busy day, but with all the exercise I added to my schedule it was plenty full. <BR> <BR> My neighbor asked if she could walk with us in the morning. I said yes, but we will wait and see if she actually does or not. She has a tendency to back ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:24:11 EST Humid day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956671 I went off the rails today on the food, but this was only one day, and I will get back on track tomorrow. This is only a very minor stumble. The only way it can be truly bad, is if I compound the problem by giving in tomorrow... just because I did today. One small step back is acceptable to me. My perfectionist side is all about the guilt and self recriminations, but the logical, fair side of me is accepting of my weaknesses. It remains to be seen which side ultimately wins. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 23:42:17 EST Bonus blog... kayaking day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956090 I didn't get much sleep last night, but that didn't affect the wonderful day I had today. I got up early, scarfed up a quick breakfast, and went to meet my brother (and drop off the dog) for a day of kayaking. We had perfect conditions to go out on Lake Erie. It was around 75 degrees almost all day, so it was warm but not too hot. And wind speeds were under 10mph and diminishing. That meant the lake was a bit bouncy at first, but by the time we hit the take out it was dead calm. <BR> ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:12:41 EST Questions answered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956080 A friend posted these questions in her blog <BR> <BR> 1. What is your favorite Primary song? Can't think of one <BR> 2. What is your favorite nursery rhyme? Hickory Dickory Dock <BR> 3. What is your favorite subject in school? English <BR> 4. What is your favorite flavor of jelly beans? Buttered Popcorn <BR> 5. Which flavor of ice-cream do you prefer? Vanilla <BR> 6. What do you think is your very best feature or characteristic? My determination <BR> 7. What is your strongest talent? Writing... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 22:55:01 EST Happy July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955573 Nice, low key, family picnic tonight. I brought paper plates, so it was easy clean up after... we just chucked the plates on the fire. There were some fireworks last night, but tonight people have been setting off firecrackers since about 4pm. I would think they would want to wait at least until dusk, but what do I know. <BR> <BR> Going kayaking tomorrow. Don't know where yet or if anyone else besides Jeremy and I are going. I think we are going out on Lake Erie. <BR> <BR> I actually g... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:35:15 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955122 I didn't sleep at all last night, and I just wasn't hungry today. I think the two are connected. I did go out to my brother's place today and help set up for the picnic tomorrow. Can I just say I do NOT like spiders... especially when they are falling on me. Ewwwww. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 22:31:13 EST New books! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954608 I love books! I got two new ones in the mail today, and sat down and read one before dinner this evening. Of course I hopped on the bike and pedaled while I read. I got a kindle so I could order my books on that and not buy actual, physical books, since I am pretty much out of shelf space, and out of space to add more shelves, but... I love the feel of an actual print book. There is something viscerally appealing about sitting and holding a book and turning pages, rather than tapping a sc... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 20:26:04 EST Nice day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954081 Another day gone... but well spent, so it is all good. Went to PT this afternoon, and took the long way there. I like to walk the long way to get places. Adding 2-3 miles each way makes me happy. I think that is why I like to exercise so much... it makes me happier. Having suffered with depression for many years, being happy is still a novelty, and slightly addictive. <BR> <BR> Cooper is feeling cuddly this evening. I walked him enough that his little head is bobbing as he sits in my l... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:07:02 EST Movement every hour... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953522 That was my goal today, and it went swimmingly (though I did not go swimming). I walked, ran, pedaled, stepped, stretched for at least 30 minutes of every hour since I got up, except from 2-3pm. That was when I did my sparking mostly. I am going to try and keep this going until 9pm. A girl has got to have goals. Ya know? <BR> <BR> I have PT tomorrow afternoon, and (weather permitting) kayaking in the evening. My brother, Jeremy, is working for the outfitter on Wednesdays now, so I will... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:11:06 EST Errands and exercise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952975 I got a lot of errands done today, after dropping my nieces and Cooper off at my parents' house this morning. I even got my recycling taken care of, which is terrific, because it was really starting to pile up. <BR> <BR> I did a bunch of ST today, a short time on the stepper, the bike a couple of times, and took advantage of not having the dog to go out for two short runs. Add in some yoga, and two dog walks (wearing the 40# weight vest), and it was another active day. The second walk we ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:05:15 EST If only I were a mushroom... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952412 If I were a mushroom I would probably like the weather we have been having this Spring/Summer. It has been damp. Judging by the variety and quantity of fungi I spotted when I was out walking Cooper we have had perfect mushroom weather. It was just damp enough today that Cooper didn't want to go for a real walk until 7:30 this evening. I took him out several times earlier in the day, but he didn't want to stay outside once he got out there. <BR> <BR> I did go out for a short run, hopped o... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:35:17 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951916 I woke up early this morning to pouring rain, so I knew Cooper was not going to want to walk. I rolled over and went back to sleep, and didn't wake up until; nearly 11:30am, which is when I told my mom I would be at their house to make lunch. Ooops! I ended up only being about 10 minutes late, but that is extremely unusual for me... I am usually 20 minutes early for everything. Still, I had lunch ready by 12:30. We had dilled salmon, sauteed brussells sprouts, zucchini, and onions, red c... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:48:46 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951504 I had an invite to go kayaking this morning, but I had plans to walk with my middle niece at that time... which she canceled at the last minute. So, no kayaking, though I it turned out I could have gone. Oh well. Walked Cooper for an hour, and went for coffee instead. Cooper got 4 walks today out of all that. He is a happy puppy, who is currently chewing on his back feet... I think they must taste good, because he does that a lot. <BR> <BR> I hopped on the bike for 2.5 hours again today... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:15:18 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950990 Quiet day with the dog mostly, except for a short visit from the visiting nurse. Got grocery shopping and house cleaning accomplished. Three walks with the dog, 2.5 hours on the bike while reading, a little gentle stretching and some yoga. It didn't really feel like a rest day with all that. Maybe on Saturday if it rains as much as the forecast predicts. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:21:52 EST Took the dog kayaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950537 That was my evening's entertainment. He was very well behaved, and did not fall in. I made good food choices at the grocery store after we finished kayaking. Altogether a good experience. <BR> <BR> Earlier in the day I went for my mammogram. Usually the only place where I get in and out early is the neurologist, but I was registered, changed, processed, and out of there before my appointment time. Fairly painless, but I am glad I got that out of the way. I am definitely a private perso... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:17:41 EST Stormy last night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949922 Thunderstorms with strong winds came through in the wee hours of the morning. I woke up around 5am, with the storm seemingly directly overhead. Loud! I didn't observe any structures damaged when I was out walking Cooper, but there were some big limbs down all over town. <BR> <BR> I got a call around noon that my psychiatrist had an opening for an appointment at 1pm, if I could get there on such short notice. I got there. With all the stress I have been under since early Spring I have se... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:25:21 EST Quiet day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949379 It was a quiet day for me. I dropped Cooper off with my parents in the early afternoon, so I could go to appointments and not have to crate him. Successfully made it through my appointments, and did a little grocery shopping, then came home and worked out for a couple of hours, before heading back to pick up Cooper, and my two younger nieces. Their parents are out of town in NYC, where my SIL is undergoing chemo for lung cancer. So, the girls are staying with their other grandma until the... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:15:15 EST Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948704 A friend left a comment on yesterday's blog, and she mentioned the blessing of being free from temptation. How apt! It is freeing not to feel bound by cravings and binges. It is freeing not to carry all that extra weight around with me. When I put on my weight vest and go for a walk I am reminded once again how much freedom from pain and physical stress I have now. Not to say my life is perfect. LOL! Of course not. But, I am not trying to move 300 pounds around all the time, and I am ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 14:59:25 EST Family meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948354 I went to my parents' house this morning as is my usual Saturday routine, to make lunch for them. Mom and I had already decided the menu would be ratatouille and fresh fruit, and mom left me some veggies already cut up. So all I had to do was cut up the eggplant and tomatoes, and cook everything. It came out pretty yummy. I took a single serving because I knew we were having a big family dinner this evening to celebrate my niece, Francesca, turning 10 years old. In between lunch and dinn... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:48:51 EST Neurologist appointment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947901 Drove up to Orchard Park with my brother to the neurologist's office for my monthly nerve block injections. He stuck me 6 times today. Hopefully that means the pain will hold off for longer than one week. <BR> <BR> Sunday's kayaking adventure has already been cancelled, so it looks like my next outing will be Wednesday... weather permitting. <BR> <BR> I left Cooper with my dad for the afternoon. The neighbor's still have an Australian Cattle Dog visiting them, and she loves to come up ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:06:55 EST Good job, Chandra http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947401 It is cooler outdoors than it is in my apartment today. It is pretty comfortable outside, but sticky and hot in my place. Oh well, at least it isn't -26F, right? <BR> <BR> Got in three walks with Cooper already, and I might just take him out again after the sun goes down. I will have to see if he really wants to. I also got in a run today, got on the stepper and did biceps curls with the attached resistance bands, hopped on the bike a couple of times, plus got on the stability ball for S... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:09:15 EST Eek! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946859 This may be TMI, but I had my initial appointment with a new gynecologist, since my old one retired. I did not state a preference for which doctor I wanted so it was luck of the draw. So, my new doc is a really cute, young, male doctor. It made me squick about having him checking out my girly parts. Sigh. Now I can just hardly wait for my mammogram next week. (Can you smell the sarcasm?) <BR> <BR> I also had an appointment with my psychiatric nurse/caseworker. I love meeting with her,... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:59:39 EST Quick update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946351 I don't have to go back for more labwork until next week, thank goodness. I do have a late doctor appointment tomorrow, which means I can't go kayaking. Oh well, there is always next week. <BR> <BR> Since I switched to low carb almost a week ago I have been losing weight again... and I don't miss bread and pasta yet. I thought I would, or not have the same feeling of satiety, but I am satisfied and craving free so far. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:35:38 EST A sticky one today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945766 It wasn't horrendously hot today, but it was pretty humid. Humid enough that I didn't feel like going for a run. I went for a run yesterday, so I felt okay not getting out there today. I did go to the grocery store... or rather three different grocery stores, after dropping Cooper at my parents' house. It took that many stops to find everything I needed. I also stopped at the hardware store and got a copy made of my apartment key, took care of my labwork, and met with my therapist, befor... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:04:44 EST Demo Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945075 Yesterday I volunteered at Evergreen Outfitter's Demo Day. They hold this event once a year where anyone can come and try any or all of their kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards (also know as SUPs). The day started early at 6:30 am when Jeremy picked me up. We drove through Tim Horton's for breakfast, as we both needed coffee. I have been weaning myself off of sugar in my coffee, and I am almost there. Then we drove to the store in Ashville to help load boats on the various trailers and cars... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:37:01 EST