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/ The adventure continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205499 The situation in my apartment building has actually gotten worse. Today, conditions were bad enough on my floor that we weren't even allowed back in our apartments with an escort. So Patty and I are at the hotel... probably for another two nights. I am appreciating the AC. I miss the constant company of my dog, Cooper, though. I come out here to my parents' house (I am using their computer right now) and walk him three times a day, but it isn't the same. And I especially miss him cuddle... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:42:16 EST ...And the ceiling caved in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204913 At 1:56AM last night I heard a loud noise and my dog leaped off the bed and ran to the door barking, and kept barking for about 15 minutes, while I told him to hush and come back to bed. I just assumed one of my neighbors had dropped something in the hall. Ummm, nope. When I had finished my yoga this morning and gathered up my coffee and the dog and stepped outside my door it was immediately apparent that part of the ceiling had collapsed on our end of the hallway. There was about 3 feet ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:44:50 EST Elevator's out of service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204466 ...And I live on the third floor. Good thing the grocery shopping is done for the week already! Cooper was a little confused when I made him walk up the stairs rather than take the elevator when we came in from our afternoon walk (which was VERY short, since it was 90 degrees today). The stairwells are very hot and stuffy, which makes the walk up more uncomfortable for him. <BR> <BR> I am going to the movies with my BFF, Jen, on Sunday, for her birthday. I will give her her present when... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:12:12 EST Morning run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203970 It was actually a little on the chilly side this morning, so I took advantage and went for a long run before it started heating up. A little over 9 miles. I decided by the end of the run that it might just be time to get out my new pair of new sneakers. The pair I have been wearing are pretty worn, and when I was running on gravel I felt every stone... or it felt like it anyways. <BR> <BR> Cooper walked this morning while it was cool, but then decided he didn't feel like anymore long wal... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:23:48 EST Bugs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203371 So, maintenance guy knocked on my door this afternoon... they are checking everyone one's apartments for bedbugs. Ewww. Makes me wonder. Does someone in the building already have them? Or is this just to say they did it for the paperwork? hmmmmm <BR> <BR> My BFF's birthday present that I ordered for her came in the mail today. Her birthday is on Saturday, I will see her on Sunday and give it to her then. She and I made an appointment at the hair salon for the first week of August. I ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:09:42 EST Celebrations upcoming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202743 I got my eldest niece's birthday present in the mail to her today. It will probably get there before her birthday, but that's okay. I just got her a small present this year, but she will use it, so that is good. My parents' 50th wedding anniversary is in 9 days. No one in the family seems interested in doing anything big for it, so I will probably just get them a card, and well wishes. They don't usually make a big deal of their anniversary, but 50 YEARS seems like a big deal to me! I c... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:30:18 EST Not hungry today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202231 I think this is the longest I have gone between blogs in a long time. My evenings have just gotten away from me. <BR> <BR> I had the opportunity to go kayaking today, and passed on it. What was I thinking? It has been about a month since I have been out. Sadness. <BR> <BR> I wasn't hungry today. It wasn't the heat, because it wasn't too hot today. I just wasn't hungry. I am going to go eat a snack though, or my calories for the day will only be about 500... not enough. I had been do... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:12:51 EST A little rain... a very little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200512 It did rain a little this morning, but not enough. And it didn't moderate the temperature, in fact it just made it more muggy. Meh. Cooper really doesn't want to walk today. I have gotten him out for a total of 20 minutes so far today. He just wants to lay in front of the window as flat as possible. I don't blame him! It is sticky hot. <BR> <BR> I think mom and I are going to the used book store tomorrow. I have some books to donate, as does she. The proceeds of sales from this book... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:08:39 EST Hot today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200066 It was in the 90s today. too hot! I went to the neurologist for another set of Botox injections this afternoon. I actually went 14 days without a migraine! Woohoo! Cooper is sacked out in front of the window, panting... he thinks it is too hot also. <BR> <BR> I spent the morning at my parents' house. Mom and I made lunch together, before dad and I left for my appointment. Cooper stayed with mom. We got to the doctor's office early, and I got seen early, and we got out of there only 1... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 22:17:02 EST Toasty warm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199465 It was hot today, so Cooper didn't feel like walking much during the day. I did get him out for a good walk this evening before dinner though. Instead of walking I pedaled and read with the fan pointing at me. I got a box of new books in the mail yesterday, so I was happy to read a couple. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's supposed to be hotter, but there is a chance of rain in the evening. I hope it does rain! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:23:22 EST Family cook out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198934 I spent the day at my parents' house. Cooper woke me up really early (before sunrise) wanting to snuggle, so I got a jump on the day. Did the long form yoga routine again... definitely leaves me feeling centered. Then we were off to go walk with dad, but dad slept in this morning, so we walked without him. We were just finishing up as he was starting. I waited on my coffee until he was finished. Cooper was a good boy today. My youngest niece, Fran, came out to do school stuff with mom,... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:29:17 EST I am "the answer to the Universe and everything..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198172 If you have ever read Douglass Adams then you get the reference... I turn 42 to today. I am trying to take it in stride and stay positive about it, but I am feeling kind of melancholy. Had my morning yoga with the dog's assistance. I did the long form this morning... hoping for clarity. I did feel centered when I was finished, so I guess it worked (and Cooper made me laugh with his "help"). After yoga, I walked to my brother's house to get the car to go to my parents' house for coffee, a... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:01:17 EST Fun with mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197706 I spent the morning with mom. She has a litany of "good ideas" every morning, which are generally pretty awful. They are meant as jokes. Good thing! If she were serious I would worry about her mental status. My brother and dad egg her on, trying to top her, but she usually wins. <BR> <BR> For lunch today I seasoned the haddock with white wine, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and fresh chopped dill. To go with the fish we had stir fry veggies and cold green beans with italian dressing (like... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 19:15:16 EST Cooper's vet visit... paving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197074 Cooper was a champ at the vet's office. He didn't pee on the vet or the assistant, didn't try to bite or anything... just was cute and accommodating and well behaved. I forgot he had his 3 year rabies shot last year, and he gets his 3 year distemper shot next year... so this year all he needed was his bordatella vaccine. I also picked up a 6 month supply of heartworm preventative, as I gave him his last one this month out of my previous supply. They switched brands, but the price didn't g... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:45:44 EST Muggy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196640 I took Cooper out at 7:30 this morning, thinking that it might still be cool enough that he might feel like walking... and I was right. He was good for about an hour walk. I tried taking him out again at 10am and we went halfway around the block, and we went out at 2pm we made it down the stairs to the first bush before he turned around and went back inside. It was just too muggy for him today! I waited until 7pm to try and walk him again, and we went about a mile then. Now he is back to... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 20:07:15 EST Empty lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196025 They are supposed to pave our parking lots over the next two days, so everyone had to move their cars today, and park on one of the surrounding streets. It is strange to walk out of the building to an empty lot. Cooper doesn't notice though. He did notice that we walked over from my brother's house after I parked the car in his driveway this afternoon after I picked him up from mom and dad's after my appointment. I left him with them this morning, even though I didn't have to leave for my... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 17:51:33 EST Getting stuff done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195438 I left Cooper with mom and dad this morning so I could run errands and get my blood work taken care of on time. Got the shopping done for the cook out next week. And did an errand for my neighbor, then went to get my blood work done. I forgot about the holiday yesterday. Usually when I go on Tuesday at 10am, it isn't too busy, because everyone goes first thing Monday morning. But with the holiday they all had to wait until Tuesday, so there were all the regular Tuesday folk... plus all t... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 19:31:17 EST Happy 4th of July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194811 Family cook out tonight. I stayed just long enough to visit and eat. I wanted to get home before dark when people start setting off their fireworks. Cooper doesn't seem overly concerned, but then I have always kept him inside after dark on the 4th of July, so we have never tested his nerves with fireworks! (or mine, LOL) <BR> <BR> We are having another family cook out next Monday (the 11th) to celebrate July birthdays (including mine). It will be the day after my birthday. I don't thin... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:48:38 EST Quiet weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194178 I did indeed skip the kayaking trip today. I am happy with the decision, since it turned into a group of about 10 going out, so they will be moving rather slow. I DO miss getting out on the water in my kayak, but not enough to suffer the large group outing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's lunch with mom and dad was a hit. Dad really liked it. I got an unprompted compliment! It was pretty simple. It was just cheeseburgers, sweet potato fries, sauteed onions, and a salad. I put finely diced onion... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 15:18:34 EST Flat dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193201 Cooper did his "flat dog" impression for most of the day, despite the fact it wasn't all that hot out. In fact, there was a surprise rain shower for about half an hour in the middle of the day that really cooled things off... but he wasn't interested in moving. I did get him out for a 45 minute walk this evening, at a good pace, but his early afternoon walk he crept along, as slowly as he could possibly go. Silly pup! <BR> <BR> So, I did what I do when he is feel unmotivated, and pedale... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 19:32:10 EST Quiet day at home with the dog... plus grocery shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192503 Thursday are my deep cleaning day in my apartment. I also do my major grocery shopping at Aldi's on Thursdays. I did all that, got it all done between 11:30am, and 2pm. Started the day with my usual yoga routine. I think it is time to shake things up a little there... I might go on Youtube and see what I can find for variety's sake. After yoga, I took Cooper out for his morning walk, which he was waiting rather impatiently for... he was standing by the shelf where the poop bags and his l... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:21:33 EST Neurologist... day with parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191988 I had an early afternoon appointment with the neurologist, and dad drove me, so I just stayed at their house after arriving early in the morning. I got a slightly earlier start to the day, because my neighbor, Patty, needed a ride to work first. That meant I got to my parents' house early enough to walk with dad. He is 72 years old and walks 2 miles almost every morning (along with all the physical labor he does on the farm). He is one of my heroes! <BR> <BR> After I finished my mornin... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:04:30 EST A pleasant day... blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191337 I get to spend my morning with mom tomorrow, and my afternoon with dad. I am so lucky to have a good relationship with my parents. I do not take it for granted! <BR> <BR> It was fairly cool today, so Cooper was interested in walking. I just got back from an hour ramble around town with him. There is a restaurant on Main St that puts out a bucket of doggie water on the sidewalk in the summertime. Cooper almost always stops for a sip or two... even on cool days. <BR> <BR> Dinner is in t... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:51:01 EST It rained! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190802 We got about half an inch overnight. We needed that. Unfortunately there is no more rain in the forecast for the next two weeks. It was nice and cool this morning in the wake of the showers, but it quickly heated up, and got muggy with it. Of course today was the day I had my mammogram, so I couldn't use deodorant. Ewwww... (I know, TMI, LOL) <BR> <BR> Cooper stayed at my parents house until about 1:30pm, so I could go to my appointment without having to crate him. My apartment is s... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:01:19 EST Making the prudent choice, and being okay with it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190140 I decided after much hemming and hawing, not to go kayaking today. Yes, I love kayaking, but Lake Erie is a moody witch, and I didn't want to challenge my skill set too hard and risk capsizing or heat stroke. When I got the trip report from my brother, he said I would NOT have enjoyed the first 30 minutes or the last 30 minutes of the trip, but the rest was beautiful. The first 30 minutes he said would have challenged me with the wind and waves, and the last 30 minutes were pretty brutal f... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:13:35 EST Saturday lunch... and debating with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189505 On Saturdays I go to my parents' house and cook lunch for us. It is nice to cook for more than just myself, and more variety of dishes. Mom is getting a delivery of locally raised and butchered chickens on Tuesday, so she wanted to use up some odds and ends of chicken she had left over in her freezer. So, we had a weird mixture of wings, backs, a leg/thigh, and a neck. I marinated everything in lemon and soy sauce for an hour, then put it in a slow oven. The dial says 300F, but mom's ove... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:34:03 EST Exciting day on the water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188905 I went kayaking with my brother, Jeremy, this morning on Lake Erie. Early start. We got on the water by 7:15am. We launched from Wright Park Beach in Dunkirk (NY). The beach is closed to swimming and the water smells funny, but we don't really get in the water, so it is okay. We decided to mosey up to Eagle Bay, staying along the shore line. We had a little bit of a headwind on the way up, but not bad. The forecast was for winds of 5-6mph throughout the day. They lied! We got to Eagl... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:39:44 EST Clean house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188452 Today was my weekly deep clean of my apartment and grocery shopping day. Got everything done by 2pm. Then pedaled and read, walked Cooper, made dinner, and called my brother to confirm kayaking plans for tomorrow. We are going out on Lake Erie. It should be calm and flat, and the weather should be moderately cool early in the day when we are going out. I am getting up at 5am, so I can do my morning yoga, before heading to Tim Horton's for coffee and donuts to fuel us up. I am supposed t... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:52:42 EST Not hungry today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187834 I was not hungry today. I am still not hungry, but I have dinner in the oven... and I will eat it when it is cooked, because I need the fuel. It is food I like, so I know I will enjoy it. I just don't have the appetite. I should. I just don't. Sigh. I am running about 5 pounds below my goal weight, but I am not still dropping weight at this time, so I am okay with that. If I were still dropping weight I would be more concerned over my lack of appetite. As it is, I must be eating just... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:33:19 EST Looking forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187177 Nothing momentous happening here. It was a little cooler, so Cooper was willing to go for a longer walk this evening. I talked to my brother, Jeremy, this morning... we are going to try for an early morning paddle on Friday. Not sure where we are going to go. It depends on the wind and weather. It is supposed to be a nice day, so we might get out on Lake Erie. That really depends on the winds between now and then. The big lake gets to sloshing and it takes a couple days to calm down. ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:37:37 EST Lack of inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186516 Another warm day, had Cooper snoozing all afternoon. I took it a little easier myself. Even his evening walk was shorter than usual, so my evening walk was shorter than usual. We were supposed to get thunderstorms this evening, but though it got overcast, I have seen no rain. We need the rain. We are about 6 inches short this Spring... so far. <BR> <BR> I didn't feel like cooking today, so my calories ran a little low today. I just had a salad for dinner. That was as fancy as I felt l... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:27:31 EST A warm one for Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185868 I was restless today. Starting early with my visit with dad. I ended up leaving early, because I couldn't sit still and visit. Cooper didn't mind. He wanted to go home anyways. I kept hopping on the bike to pedal and read, and getting distracted and hopping off again. It was hot anyways. We were supposed to have a family dinner tonight for Father's Day and my youngest niece's 11th birthday, but it got postponed to next week. <BR> <BR> I charged up my kindle today, as I have read (an... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:26:00 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185331 I chose not to go kayaking this evening, as it would have me getting home after midnight. One of the side effects of becoming a morning person like I have been in the past few months, is that I have a much earlier bedtime, and midnight is WAY past what I am comfortable driving at. So, I am erring on the side of caution, and staying home with my dog, and having an early night... so I can have an early morning tomorrow. <BR> <BR> We had a bit of excitement this morning as I was leaving the... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:19:37 EST Jumpstart on the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184834 I got up early today, and it really made a difference in how my day unfolded. I got in 45 minutes of yoga, made my coffee, went to my parents' house, walked with dad and Cooper, went for a run, had my coffee and visit with mom and dad, and was home by around 8:30am, which meant I had time for ST, and elliptical before my apartment got hot. Around 9:30am I took Cooper out for another hour long walk, as it still wasn't too hot. When we were finishing up it was getting toasty and he was panti... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:57:23 EST A slow start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184234 I did indeed sleep in this morning, much to Cooper's disgust. He started bouncing on me around 8am, but I didn't get up until 9am. First thing I did was take him for a walk. Boy was he ready to go! Usually our first walk of the day is fairly short, but not this morning. This morning he wanted to go a full 2 miles before he was satisfied. I might have started with a nice walk with the dog, but after that I just couldn't get going. I meandered through a yoga workout, and tried to crank o... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:51:31 EST Rainy evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183651 I had spareribs for dinner. Cooper loves when I have ribs... because he gets the bones! They are just the right size for him. I had a salad to go with the ribs. I ate kind of late again. On my own schedule I tend not to eat dinner until 8pm or later... I am just not hungry. I am thinking of going to bed early tonight. I was up early this morning. I got in my morning yoga, a walk with dad and Cooper, a run, and coffee and a visit with mom and dad... all before 9am. I am thinking an ea... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:17:35 EST Warming up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183011 It was still sort of cool today (though warmer than yesterday), so Cooper was interested in walking today. Got him out 5 times... 4 of those were longer than a mile. I started the day with a 50 minute run out at my parents' house, while Cooper visited with dad. Well, actually, I really started the day with my early morning yoga while the coffee brewed, but the first sweaty activity was the run. Went to the chiropractor this morning after we got home from my parents' house. I go most Tues... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:13:02 EST Rest day... Demo Day... what do I read? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182201 I pretty much just gave up on activity today and took a rest day. I was tired. Yes, I do take a rest day occasionally. Though I still walk the dog and pedal a bit... and I did get on the elliptical for half an hour... plus my morning yoga... so I guess I didn't just sit and do nothing. <BR> <BR> Saturday was Demo Day for the outfitter where my brother works. I was up and out of the house around 6am, which is early for me and Cooper, as I get up and do my morning yoga, before heading out ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:59:23 EST Books! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180573 I got a box of new books in the mail today... so when I wasn't walking the dog I was pedaling and reading. Joy! I love reading. Good books. I finished two of them already. If I liked a book enough to finish reading it the first time, then I will probably reread it. I get my money's worth from books. I just get so wrapped up in the experience of a well crafted book that I can get lost in it over and over. <BR> <BR> I also went for a run this evening before dinner. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:49:24 EST Working on maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179818 I was on track with food yesterday... a little low on calories, but good on carbs and protein... then I got lazy... instead of my planned bedtime snack, I just opened a can of something, because it was easy. Pure laziness. It would only have taken 5-10 minutes to fix the planned snack. The canned food didn't even taste that good. It was just quick and simple. The planned snack would have tasted good. Oh well. I guess we all get periods of rebelliousness, when we want to do the quick an... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:33:12 EST Chilly day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179194 Since it was so chilly today Cooper was all about walking. Three long walks. He was pretty darn perky on those walks, no lollygagging! I also went for a run this morning. I also pedaled and read for a while in the middle of the day, while Cooper snoozed on my pillow. I bailed on kayaking again due to the cold temps and high winds. The forecast is looking iffy for Saturday, with a possible thunderstorm in the forecast, but I am going no matter what. Just don't know how busy we will be! ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 18:46:45 EST Windy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178511 It was a bit breezy today, so I bailed on kayaking on Lake Erie this evening. I do believe there is a small craft advisory so I think everyone is beached for the evening. We didn't get the rain they predicted, but it looks like we might get it tomorrow, along with some chilly temps. It might hit 60F. Cooper felt like walking today, as the temps were cooler, so I indulged him. <BR> <BR> Saturday is Demo Day at the outfitter's where my brother works, and I am volunteering for that again th... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 18:51:31 EST Rest day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177794 No run today, so I guess I could call it a rest day. Not that I rested... LOL! I just laid off the intense exercise for most of the day. I pedaled and read for a few hours, and walked Cooper a few times. I walked him five times today, but only two were long enough to register as workouts on my tracker. It got pretty warm once the sun came out today, so he walked this morning while it was cool, but then he wasn't interested in doing more than walking around the block the rest of the day, ... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 18:08:44 EST Rainy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177107 Went for a 5 mile run this morning out at my parents' house. That's three days in a row, and yesterday was a long run, so I think tomorrow I will either go for a super short run, or stick to a walk. It rained today, so Cooper wouldn't stick his nose out the door for his afternoon walk. I took him to the door, but he refused to step foot outside. He turned right around and went back inside, without getting the tip of his dainty nose damp. <BR> <BR> So, instead of walking the dog... I ped... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 19:56:07 EST Took Mom shopping... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176531 Went to mom and dad's house early this morning and walked with dad, then ran twice around their block... it took about 2 hours, and my tracker says it was about 13 miles... and my legs were wobbly when I finished! Then I made lunch for all of us. We had baked haddock, roasted brussells sprouts, sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, and onions, and sliced tomato and cucumber. Everything turned out delicious! <BR> <BR> After I cleaned the kitchen, mom and I drove to Jamestown to do a major stock u... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:35:26 EST Running errands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175954 I got an early start this morning... earlier than I needed... but I was up so I went with it. Got my yoga in, then walked the dog to my brother's house to get the car so I could go to my parents' house for coffee and a run. I had to wait until 9am to do my errands so I went for a long run. I ran around the block, plus a little extra. That doesn't sound like a big deal, but they live out in the country, and going around the block is over 6 miles, and it is pretty hilly. It was still prett... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 18:05:00 EST Rainy morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175337 It rained this morning, so of course Cooper didn't want to walk until it stopped. But it did stop, and it was slightly cooler, so then he was willing to take reasonable walks. In between I pedaled and read and did my weekly deep clean of my apartment. My apartment smells good now. Tomorrow I will do all my beginning of the month errands in the morning. <BR> <BR> Food was a bit better today. Not a lot, but a little. I think my perception of hunger is skewed. I just don't feel it much t... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 20:14:30 EST Kayaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174787 Got a last minute invite to go kayaking this evening. Mom and dad offered to watch Cooper for me, so it worked. it was about 80F, so I went scrounging in my closet and found my old paddling capris that I wore at my lowest weight two years ago and tried them on... on the off chance that I could wear them tonight. Bingo! They fit just fine. Validation that I am back at my goal weight and fitness level from two years ago. That means I should be able to wear everything in my closet again. ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 23:11:31 EST Books! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173965 I got two packages today with books inside! Yay! I love reading new books by favorite authors. It was slightly cooler today, but Cooper still isn't really interested in walking much. He just lies on the bed by the open window, in the hopes of catching a breeze. I did get him out for 34 minutes this morning, before it got really warm. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got a really early start, and walked with dad in the morning, then left Cooper with him while I went for a 4.5 mile run out by their ... Tue, 31 May 2016 19:40:38 EST Quiet Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172603 Not as hot as yesterday, so I got Cooper out for a couple of good walks. Made supper for my neighbor, Patty. I made Chicken stir fry, which is one of her favorites. I don't mind it, and it is pretty fast to throw together. I prefer my famous baked chicken... maybe next time. I made a quick run to the grocery store today, for a couple of sale items I wanted to stock up on. Other than that I mostly just puttered around the apartment. I did get my laundry done, which is something I suppos... Sun, 29 May 2016 18:29:12 EST