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/ Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840106 Walked Cooper before heading to the gym to meet my brother. I ran the first 30 minutes and walked the second 30 minutes on the treadmill, then put in 15 minutes on the elliptical. I did the full weight routine, but increased the weight on most of the machines. I am still at 240 pounds doing the squats on the leg press machine. I think I can go to 250 pounds next week. We made a tentative appointment to get back to the gym either Tuesday or Wednesday. They are open 7-3 on Wednesday. Aft... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:54:30 EST Calm day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839448 We did not go kayaking today. It was just a bit too cold and windy. I did have lunch with mom and dad. It was our usual Saturday lunch date. I made turkey and veggies with gravy over couscous, with cranberry sauce and applesauce. I didn't stay long after washing the dishes, but it was nice to see them. And Jeremy and I made an appointment to go to the gym tomorrow midmorning... not early like we have been doing. My SIL is making noises about rejoining the gym. I tried to convince Jere... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 17:37:57 EST A little canine assistance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839028 I went for my massage this afternoon, and since it was at her house I was able to take Cooper with me, as she doesn't mind him. He stayed in the treatment room with me, and at first he was content with just getting petted, but I was lying down, and when I am lying down it is obviously time to cuddle and sleep. So, he jumped all the way up onto the massage table, walked up and down my back a couple of times, then curled up on my butt and fell asleep. Then when it was time for me to turn ove... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 21:35:56 EST More celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838516 We had a family brunch this morning. My brother, Jonathan, didn't even come down to join us because he was feeling so grinch-y. He really seems to hate Christmas. I don't get it. In our family it is mostly an excuse to get together and eat good food and laugh a lot. What's to hate about that? I just don't get it, but I am not going to obsess about it. After brunch I came home and Cooper went home with my parents, so I could go for a bike ride, then go off to my BFF, Jen's, house for Ch... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:19:44 EST Celebrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838135 We have our big family dinner and gift exchange on Christmas Eve, so that is what I did this evening. I did take the dog for a 2 hour walk this morning, and we took the long way home from dinner, and now I can hop on the rower or the bike for an hour or two. I need to work off some of the dinner I ate... I ate too much, but everything was soooooo tasty. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:06:04 EST Family breakfast, and more baking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837637 My niece, Tigan, was in town for the morning, so the whole family gathered for breakfast at a local restaurant. She regaled us with stories from her new job, and we exchanged gifts and had a rollicking good time. Everyone got along and, I believe, everyone had a good time. After breakfast I made a quick run to the grocery store with my dad, then went and got my blood work taken care of. When I got home I took Cooper out for another walk. (He got one before breakfast.) Then ran out to the... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:05:19 EST Baking, wrapping, etc... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836994 I started the day as I usually do with a walk with the dog, but that was all that was normal about my day. The visiting nurse popped in this morning, then I cleaned my apartment. I finished around 2pm, then I had a Dr appointment I had to run off to, followed by stops at the grocery store and the pharmacy. Got home around 5pm. I had just enough time to take Cooper for a short walk before my neighbor declared supper ready. (She actually cooked tonight!) After dinner I baked a batch of gi... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:06:02 EST Gym day plus.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836480 Started the day early at the gym. Ran for 65 minutes on the treadmill (well, really ran for 60 minutes and 5 minutes cool down), hopped on the elliptical, plus weights. I am still stuck at 220 pounds for the squats on the leg press machine. I think I could manage 225 pounds, but that is not an option on the machine. After our workout we went to our favorite restaurant for breakfast. I indulged in a big breakfast, instead of sticking to my usual bowl of oatmeal, so I wasn't hungry at lunc... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:24:00 EST Typical Saturday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836025 On Saturdays I walk the dog, then head out to my parents' house to make lunch for everybody. Today we had baked haddock with onion and mushrooms, soybeans, applesauce, and a salad. Normally I drive myself, but their driveway is still sheer ice, and dad had to go to the grocery store anyways, so he picked us up in his 4wd truck, which can make it up the driveway with only a little slipping and sliding. After lunch I do the dishes, then head home. This afternoon I went for a long bike ride,... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:04:15 EST Gym day plus.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835584 Went to the gym early today to workout with my brother. Two hour workout, came home, ate breakfast, and waited for my niece to show up to go walking. When she was 15 minutes late I gave up and called... and she was still asleep. Good thing I called. It was icy, so instead of our usual 6.5 miles we made do with 2.6 miles. Sidewalks were very slippery today. Did you know that ice is slippery? It is seems to be a continual surprise to me. LOL! When Cooper and I got home I had a little l... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:45:35 EST Winning is more fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835163 I went to Trivia Night tonight, and once again our team won. The food tastes better when we win. LOL! We still haven't achieved a perfect score, but we try. It is an interesting group of people. <BR> <BR> Took it a little easier today, but I am meeting my brother at the gym early in the morning, then walking the dog with my niece at 10am, then running out to my parents' house to pick up my mother to take her to Jamestown so she can do a mediation. Afterwards we will go to the grocery st... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:00:05 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834536 Early morning to meet my brother at the gym before he had to go to work. Decent workout. Ran 4.4 miles in 46 minutes on the treadmill, and did all my normal weights, including the squats on the leg press machine. It seems that right now 220 pounds is my maximum weight for the leg press. The only problem with going on a weekday morning is that it is more crowded and sometimes I actually have to wait for machines. I guess I have gotten spoiled from going during their off-peak hours. After... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:11:51 EST Active recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834122 It was a good day to take things a little easier with the weather so damp and dreary, though I did get out for a run in between showers. We did our usual three dog walks, a little ST and yoga and that run. That was enough for me today. I am getting up early in the morning to meet my brother at the gym. <BR> <BR> My niece calls this weather cumulo-yuckis. Not quite cold enough for snow, but too cold for comfort, and the clouds are low and looming. It was a good day to sit and read... all... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:38:11 EST Decent day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833549 But not really a rest day. I started the day with a two hour walk with the dog. Then I danced like a crazy fool for almost half an hour. I got out my stability ball and did some ST, and tried a new routine on one of my yoga DVDs, as well... and the day isn't over. I had an appointment this afternoon, after that I ran errands, including some Christmas shopping I had forgotten about. There was nothing extraordinary about the day, but it was a decent sort of day. I will take an active reco... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:19:16 EST All or nothing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833054 I have mentioned before that I tend to have an all or nothing mentality. Yesterday was an "all" day, and then today was another. I really do know I need to give my body a chance to recover, but sometimes I forget for a day or two... or three. I rounded out my active day yesterday with over an houron the stationary bike, and then today it was warm enough to get outside so I went for a three hour bike ride, with a 15 minute break in the middle. Add in dog walks, ST, and yoga, and once again... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:55:39 EST Might have overdone it a little today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832556 Started the day with a short dog walk, then drove out to my parents' house. On Saturdays I usually make lunch for everybody. Today I made Spinach pasta with homemade sauce and mini meatballs, and a salad (lightly dressed). I was pleasantly surprised at how few calories it was. But first I went snow shoeing for two hours, because mom and dad went out and I didn't feel like just sitting there for two hours waiting for them to come home. There really wasn't quite enough snow for snow shoein... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:00:44 EST Lazy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832062 My brother had to work today, so I decided not to go to the gym by myself. I just couldn't get started today. I did walk the dog over 6 miles, and did about an hour of yoga, but other than that I have just been doing housework. I did manage to get ALL my laundry done. Not even a forgotten sock got left out. <BR> <BR> My headache was particularly intense today which tires me out and demotivates me. I am planning on going snowshoeing tomorrow if there is still enough snow, and then the gy... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:01:53 EST Choices and decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831644 I made the choice last night not to set my alarm to get me up and out to the gym early... so I ended up deciding not to go. I didn't mind as it was blowing snow all night and most of the day, and facing those conditions early in the morning was more than I wanted to deal with. So, instead I waited until Cooper got up then took him for a two hour walk in the snow. Poor pup, but he seemed to have fun. After our walk I did a yoga DVD. Yoga still feels like contortionism to this inflexible p... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:35:42 EST Rest day... take two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830998 After I tracked all my exercise yesterday I was at 300 minutes, so I guess I can't really call that a "rest" day. So, I decided to take a more relaxed rest day today. My feet were still complaining this morning, so it seemed a smart idea. The visiting nurse came this morning. She is funny. A little strange, but funny. I got more stuff in my apartment put away and/or organized. And of course I walked the dog for about 2 hours. He is still doing his tripod impression, but only at his mi... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:12:34 EST Waiting... rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830461 I spent the afternoon waiting for a package to arrive through UPS. It arrived around 6pm, so I had already given up on going to the gym today. It was a good idea to take a rest day anyways. My feet are complaining. The arthritis was particularly painful today, and I had somehow developed a blister under a toenail, which I didn't realize until I accidentally popped the blister when I cut my toenails last night. Ewwww. I knew my toes was sore, but hadn't figured out why. It feels much be... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:07:08 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829831 Went to the gym early this morning. It wasn't too busy on a Monday morning. They open at 4:30am, but I can't face that early of an hour. Once again I was early and my brother was late, so I got in a solid hour on the treadmill. Did my weights, and we ended up being finished at the same time. Synchronicity? I am debating trying to squeeze in one or two trips to the gym before Friday, but my schedule is busier than normal with appointments this week, so it might not happen. Jeremy actual... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:18:42 EST Road trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829279 My brother, Jeremy, and I drove to Pittsburgh and back today. Well... we drove to Moon Township by way of Beaver Falls, PA. I did most of the driving so Jeremy could spend his time grading papers for the class he is teaching at the local Community College. He read me a few of the funnier answers. My favorite was the one who said the scientific process "was like magic!" Uhhh... I don't think you tell a science teacher that something happens because of magic. But maybe that is just me. W... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:15:22 EST Lazy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828760 It was such a dreary day today, all gray and damp. I didn't feel like I did much today, though I did go for a 2.5 mile run this afternoon, walked the dog three times, did a yoga DVD and went to the grocery store. I was just moving at about half speed all day. It is only 7:30pm, and I am already considering when I can go to bed. <BR> <BR> Cooper is limping once again, so he wasn't up for a long walk today. It always slows me down when he isn't feeling well. I walk a lot more on days when... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 19:32:52 EST A good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828261 Started the day with a two hour walk with my niece (and Cooper!). Came home, changed, grabbed a yogurt, put the dog in his crate and walked to the gym. Had a good workout at the gym with my brother. Once again I was early and he was late. I never wait for him to get there... I just get started. It works out really well, because I finish before he does and get started on the weights. We use some of the same machines, but I use more of them, so we finish about the same time, which is ver... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 18:43:01 EST Trivia Night Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827818 My brother, Jeremy, and I went to Trivia Night at a local restaurant tonight. It is more fun when you win. We took first place! I knew most of the answers (not all, but most), and there were no football questions this time, thank goodness. We missed two questions out of 30. I ate too much, though I am still under calories for the day, but my fat consumption was through the roof. Eeeek! <BR> <BR> I made an appointment to meet my brother at the gym tomorrow afternoon, after I walk with m... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:24:09 EST Good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827043 Got up early today so I could meet my brother at the gym. I was a little early and he was a little late... but I didn't wait for him. I jumped on the treadmill right away. Did 5.6 miles in 51 minutes, then went and did full body weights on the machines. I don't like getting up early, but I did like getting my workout in early. Went out for breakfast after. We tried a new restaurant on Main St (a three minute walk from the gym). I had a bowl of oatmeal and a small order of homefries. I... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:04:02 EST Blah day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826494 I didn't feel like doing anything today. I still went walking this morning with my niece, and did some yoga and ST, but I decided against going to the gym. I am just feeling blah. I have an appointment with my brother to go to the gym tomorrow morning, so that will get me going tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I am making meatloaf for dinner for me and my neighbor tonight. I haven't made one in a long time, but it sounded good when she suggested it, so... <BR> <BR> I have to take Cooper to the vet ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:13:18 EST Tests done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826010 I went and had the MRI and MRV done today. They gave me Ativan for my claustrophobia and I closed my eyes before they inserted me in the machine, and I practiced my deep breathing... and no freak out. It took a little over 20 minutes for the tests. Afterwards we stopped for dinner, and we both made good choices with soup and sandwiches. The restaurant we went to is famous for its burgers, but I don't think we have ever ordered a burger there. I had a chicken wrap and chicken tortilla sou... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:17:37 EST Quick trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825427 Drove out to Ithaca area yesterday for Thanksgiving dinner #3. Stayed overnight, had brunch this morning, then drove home. Quick trip, but it was fun. No turkey for #3, but there was ground turkey in the cabbage rolls, so I guess that counts. The food was good, but again I ate too much. Not to the point of being stuffed, but more than I would have eaten at home. I was reading blogs today and ONEKIDSMOM was talking about giving herself credit. That is something I don't do enough of. So... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:08:02 EST Dinner #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824428 Tonight was our immediate family Thanksgiving dinner. I ate too much. But it was all really tasty. <BR> <BR> Cooper is with my parents. It feels weird not to have him here with me. I miss him already. He will be fine. Probably better than me! I am off to Ithaca tomorrow morning early. The weather is supposed to get warmer, so hopefully we won't run into snow. <BR> <BR> Jeremy and I got the boat room packed up and sorted. Everything is set for next Spring. We were procrastinating ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:22:01 EST Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823968 I got a last minute invite to go to Ithaca with my brother on Saturday and into Sunday. I have decided to go, which means Cooper will be going home with my parents from our family dinner tomorrow night, and staying with them through Monday afternoon, since I have those tests up in Buffalo Monday afternoon. Cooper especially likes my dad, so it should be okay. He spent a month with them this past summer when I was traveling with my niece, and seemed to enjoy his time with them. (Though he ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:50:56 EST Quiet day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823497 The visiting nurse stopped in today, but other than that it was just me and the dog... chillin'. That is my favorite kind of day. Quiet, calm, uneventful, stress-free. <BR> <BR> My brother, Jeremy, has been sick the past couple of days, so I doubt I will convince him to go to the gym with me tomorrow. I am debating whether to go or not. The weather still isn't horrible, so I might stay close to home and take the dog for a long walk. (If I can convince him that that is a good idea.) I a... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:52:18 EST Whining on the way to the gym... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822923 ...But I went! I had to talk myself into going. Even after changing into my gym clothes I was still whining to myself about how I didn't want to go (insert appropriate high pitched whining noise here), and it continued all the way up until I stepped onto the treadmill. I did 3.39 miles in 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes on the elliptical, then went and did weights. Add in the dog walks, and the yoga and I am doing pretty well for the day. I might hop on the rower later though. I don... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:06:03 EST Warmer weather... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822447 It got all the way up to 65 degrees today. Heat wave! Almost all the sidewalks are clear of ice, so I decided to take Cooper for a long walk this morning. 6.6 miles in 2 hours. Not bad for a little dog. I also decided against going to the gym today, as it was such a nice day and I wanted to enjoy it, which I did. It is supposed to be back down in the 30s tomorrow, so I will make my way to the gym and get in either a fast walk or run intervals. I probably won't decide which until I get ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:48:12 EST Gym buddy time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821740 Met my brother at the gym for a workout today. Good workout. I ran intervals on the treadmill, put in 10 minutes on the elliptical, and weights. Jeremy said he is starting to like gym time, and wants to go more often. Yay! I feel good about nagging him into joining the gym. He is even talking about extending his membership another 3 months. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> I came home and tried another yoga routine from my new DVD. Then walked the dog. Sidewalks still aren't clear, so we had to wa... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:10:09 EST Massage and yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821359 I got a call from the spa where I go for my massages asking if I could come in at 11:30am, rather than at 3pm. So I hurried up and walked the dog, then walked over to the spa. Things were really slippery this morning, as things were just starting to melt, so we had to walk in the street. It makes me nervous to walk in the street, but it was safer than slogging through heavy knee deep snow where people hadn't cleared their sidewalks or slipping on the ice where they had. The massage was ni... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:03:15 EST Early Christmas present... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820804 My parents bought me new snow shoes, poles and gaiters for Christmas, but since conditions are perfect they gave them to me today instead of waiting. They are very nice and I took them out for a 90 minute trek through the woods and fields at my parents' house. I went out Wednesday using the old, military surplus, metal snow shoes I have been using for the past couple of years. What a difference today! I had a little trouble getting the correct tension on the heel strap on my left snow sho... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:16:05 EST And more snow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820262 They called in the National Guard up in Buffalo to help clear the streets. But the snow is still falling. The village I live in is under a travel advisory, but not a travel ban tonight. That might change though, as the snow is falling really hard here. There is a chance I will go snow shoeing again tomorrow, rather than going to the gym. That is if the roads are plowed and I can drive out to my parents' house. They only live about 4 miles away, but they have had about half the snowfall... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:49:04 EST Snow shoeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819748 Went for my first snow shoeing trek of the season. It might still officially be Autumn, but we have PLENTY of snow. We didn't get as much as the communities 20 miles north of us, but 2-3 feet is plenty, especially since we are expecting another 2 feet tomorrow. Some of the scenes from communities that got slammed with this Lake Effect Snow event are surreal. The local HS was even turned into a Red Cross Emergency shelter last night for drivers stranded from the Thruway closing, and the Wa... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:31:10 EST Had to reschedule tests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818943 the Thruway and surface roads are closed, and there are travel bans and advisories between here and the doctor's office, so I called to reschedule my tests. It is not worth dying to try and get there today. It is blowing pretty hard and the snow keeps falling, so I am staying close to home today. They even closed most of the schools in the area. Windchills are pretty low, so I guess they didn't want to have kids outside waiting for buses or making the walk to school. In Orchard Park, whe... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:58:58 EST Doctor appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818549 My appointment went pretty well. I don't have to go back to that doctor for two months... so in January 2015. I walked the long way to my appointment, and four short dog walks, plus some yoga, a little ST, some crazy dancing, and about an hour on the rower for my exercise today. I am off to a different doctor tomorrow for my MRI and MRV. The weather forecast is calling for up to 2 feet of snow overnight. I am not feeling inspired tonight. I hope everyone has a good night. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:04:34 EST Gym buddy time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817908 My brother joined me at the gym this morning for a workout. On Friday, when I went, I didn't run, going instead for a fast, high incline walk for an hour. So, today I decided to run intervals for half an hour. I am doing 3 minutes walk/3 minutes run. The walk intervals I set around 3.9mph and the run intervals I set around 5.8-6.1mph. I didn't try to go for speed today, but for form. After I got off the treadmill I hopped on the elliptical for 15 minutes, before heading off to do weight... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:46:34 EST Nice Saturday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817383 Took Cooper to the vet this morning. He is on antibiotics for another 10 days, an anti inflammatory for another 4 days, and then we will see how he is doing. Hopefully the medicine will clear everything up. He did not like getting his anal glands drained this morning. The one side is still swollen and red, so I am sure it hurt. Poor baby! <BR> <BR> I went out to mom and dad's after the vet and made lunch with mom. We had stuffed peppers, a salad, and pickled beets. Mom had done most o... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:35:58 EST Gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816928 I got myself up and out to the gym today, despite the snow and cold. I better get used to this, because it is probably sticking around until March. I had a good workout at the gym. I walked (fast, at an incline) for over an hour on the treadmill, 22 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the elliptical, before heading off to use the weights. I can successfully squat 220 pounds on the leg press machine. And I weighed myself and I have lost another couple of pounds. Gee, increasing my exer... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:23:32 EST Lazy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816441 We got a late start this morning as I couldn't get to sleep last night. Then the visiting nurse showed up, which ate up the rest of the morning and a bit of the afternoon. It snowed last night and it was cold today, so Cooper didn't feel like walking. Stinker would walk around the block and head for home. I did walk him 4 times, but it only totaled about 4 miles, which is about 4 miles less than usual for him. <BR> <BR> Trivia night was a bust. The game master asked a bunch of football ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:06:45 EST Vet visit instead of the gym... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815757 Cooper started booty scooting this morning, and by midday his anal gland had ruptured, so instead of going to he gym today I headed off to the vet with him. He is on antibiotics and painkillers, and I have to take him back on Saturday morning for a recheck. It was so sore and swollen today that the vet couldn't get it to drain completely. My poor pup! <BR> <BR> I am going to hop on the rower in a few minutes to get the rest of my fitness minutes. I missed the gym today, but I love my fur... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:35:46 EST Prudence is my friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815176 I decided not to go to the gym today. I figure two days in a row is fine, but I proved to myself last week that three days in a row is pushing it, especially since I have a difficult time dialing back on the effort. So, I walked, did some yoga and some body weight exercises with the ball. That should be enough. Prudence really can be a friend, and discretion IS the smart avenue. <BR> <BR> Today is Veteran's Day here in the US. I was thinking a lot today, about family members and friends... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:11:14 EST Went to the gym again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814474 I ended up deciding to go to the gym again today. I weighed myself, and I have lost over 5 pounds since I rejoined less than a month ago. Even better, I am feeling stronger. Good to get those muscles working again! <BR> <BR> I did take it a little easier today at the gym, but it felt good to run a little and lift some weights. I am still a little congested, and the headache is still with me, but it didn't slow me down too much. <BR> <BR> Lunch was nice. I had a bowl of soup, a small sa... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:53:27 EST Making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813790 I was feeling a little better today, so when my brother said let's go to the gym, I agreed. I am so happy he is taking the initiative in getting to the gym. I hope he feels like he is getting something out of it... he sure sweats enough. LOL! I am still working on increasing the weight doing squats on the leg press machine. I was up to 215 pounds today, next time I am going to try 220. I didn't do as much upper body weight, but did mostly legs and core. Jeremy is hesitant to do anything... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 19:51:36 EST Massage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813206 I am still feeling a bit under the weather, but I felt well enough to go for the massage I had scheduled for this afternoon. It relaxes me so much, and she worked on some knots in my shoulders. It didn't cure the headache, but I felt lighter at the end of the hour. <BR> <BR> Before my massage I walked Cooper, then went out to my parents' to make lunch with mom. Dad had gone off to Buffalo to get their computer fixed, so we made enough for everybody, but didn't wait to eat. We made crispy... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:53:26 EST