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/ Helping others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013955 I spent a good portion of today ferrying my neighbor around getting car stuff straightened out. Now her tires have been replaced, and her car passed inspection. She tried to walk Cooper for me at midday, but he would not budge for her. If I wasn't going then he wasn't going. Silly puppy! I ended up walking him over 3 miles after lunch. The ankle doesn't throb anymore, and most of the bruising is starting to change colors. I am still babying it, but I am not so worried about it now. ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:44:16 EST Quiet day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013340 Said goodbye to Tigan this morning. Other than that I spent a good part of the day reading. Still got in exercise of course, but did not take Cooper for a long walk, as one of the girls took him out for an hour midday. Food was pretty good. A little more protein than I needed, but not by a lot. I need to boost my fat intake a little on a consistent basis. Overall, my diet and fitness efforts are paying off with a consistent downward trend on the scale. I have no desire to be "skinny", ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:57:01 EST A day all about food... I mean family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012833 I started the day with coffee and Timbits with mom and dad. I eat about a quarter of a timbit, which is not very much. Then we discussed dinner on and off for a couple of hours, until finally we settled that, yes, we would have a family dinner tonight, even though my brother and his family didn't get home from the airport until about 2am last night. So, mom and I decided to go light and simple for lunch with carrot soup and salad... and not a large serving of either. It was actually warm ... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 20:27:09 EST The neurologist and attempting to rest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012329 I saw the neuro doc today for my usual nerve block injections. I mentioned what the chiropractor said about my cervical spine, and the neuro ordered a cervical MRI to see more clearly what is going on. I had that migraine last night, so those aren't gone, and I still have a constant low level headache, even with chiropractic adjustments twice a week. I know it has only been three weeks, but I want to see results NOW. LOL. My impatience with my body's limitations might be showing a little... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 20:10:33 EST Secret swamp, kayaking in the fog, and rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011844 Early morning today. My niece, Tigan, is in town for a wedding, so Jeremy and Tigan and I went kayaking this morning. We kind of got a slow start with loading the boats and gear, but we finally got situated and underway. We intended to launch on Bear Lake at 9am, but it was more like 9:45 by the time we got unloaded and launched. It was very foggy, but the sun was shining above it, so it was a bright fog. It still looked like we were paddling off the end of the earth. Very cool! About ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 21:21:40 EST The doctor, the vet, and lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011157 I called the doctor this morning, and they got me in at 10:30 today with the NP. She sent me for xrays, to rule out any kind of fracture, which they did. She did not give me any restrictions, though she did say 10 miles was probably too much. What she did say was to rest it as much as possible with my feet elevated... keep it wrapped with an ACE bandage... and ice, ice, ice. I really tried to stay off it today, but still tracked 2.5 miles just doing my daily living stuff. Sigh. <BR> <... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 18:02:18 EST I need shackles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010556 I was doing well with staying off my bum ankle, until... Walking to the chiropractor and back, and an hour walk with the dog. I think I am going to break down and call the doctor tomorrow. Usually I would just wrap a sprain and wait it out, but the bruising is worrisome. And, maybe, with the word of the doctor I can convince myself to just sit down and put my feet up for a few days. It is supposed to rain tomorrow and Friday, so hopefully Cooper will not want to walk much those two days. ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 18:55:41 EST Autumn kayaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010075 My brother, Jeremy, and I went kayaking on Lake Erie this evening. It was warm enough to forgo wetsuits, but cool enough to keep almost all the motorboats off the water. That is one of the things I like best about going kayaking off season. We paddled about 12 miles in a little over 2 hours, so we set a pretty good pace. The sunset was gorgeous! So bright and beautiful! <BR> <BR> I also walked 9 miles today, pedaled 6 miles, did a little non weight bearing ST, and some yoga... plus my u... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:55:44 EST I need to pace myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009222 Still dealing with the gimpy ankle. It is bruised halfway up my shin, still purple and swollen, but I can walk on it. I guess it isn't myself I need to rein in, but Cooper. Yesterday he hardly walked at all due to the rain, but today was another story. He was making up yesterday's lack of mileage. I walked him 3 miles before heading out to have coffee with mom, and 1.5 miles when we returned. And then I just got back from walking him 6 miles... and he still gets one more walk today. I ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 17:45:39 EST Still gimpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008689 Sprains do take a long time to heal. I know this. But patience with limited mobility is not my strong suit. Sigh. Still swollen. Still dark purple. It occurs to me that the bruising is exacerbated by the fact I am on warfarin for a clotting disorder. Oh well. It is raining today, so Cooper hasn't wanted to walk much. If I can get him to stay outside for more than 5 minutes I am lucky. It is a particularly cold rain, too. All he wants to do today is curl up on my lap and snore the d... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 17:54:31 EST Retrieved my dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008156 I was lonely last night without my dog, but my ankle was a little better this morning for the rest. I took advantage of being dogless this morning to run errands. Went to Hallmark, the discount store, the credit union, and returned my cans and bottles, before going to have coffee with my mom and get Cooper. Dad said Cooper only wanted to walk a mile with him this morning, instead of the 2 my dad usually does. Silly dog decided it was time to turn around and go home again, so dad turned ar... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:25:26 EST An actual rest day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007563 With a sprained ankle I am not out walking or running miles and miles. I think this is the first truly low activity rest day I have taken in months. I hate it! I want to be out in the cool Fall weather walking my dog. My niece walked him for me last night, and my friend, Katie, took him out for nearly 1.5 hours this morning. I took him out for a measly 11 minutes this afternoon. And he is going to my parents' house tonight, so my dad watch him and walk him tonight and tomorrow morning. ... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 17:18:57 EST That effin' hurts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006910 I walk a lot, and overhear many snippets of conversation in passing. No context ever. But I have noticed that the F word gets used a lot in casual conversation. When did this come about? I thought swearing was cool for about 6 months as a sophomore in HS, but then someone pointed out how dumb it made me sound, and I stopped using it my everyday conversations and reserve it for situations where expletives seem necessary. There are many words available to use that express what I am attempt... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:44:49 EST Another rainy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006358 But I would say it was not a lazy day. I had coffee with mom and dad, then came home and walked Cooper, followed by almost an hour on the bike while I reread a book. (I do that a lot. If it was good enough to finish reading the first time, I will probably read it again and again.) Then I was off to my doctor appointment, where I was finally assigned a doctor, got the hard sell on taking a statin, and saw the scale go down from my last visit... but I expected all that, so it was a lovely, ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:23:14 EST Lazy, rainy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005765 It was overcast and drizzly most of the day. My various forays into the great outdoors with the dog were mostly short ones, as he despises rain. I did get on the bike for 90 minutes while I read though, so I was not a total slug. Tomorrow is my doctor appointment. It will be interesting to see how different their scale is from mine. I don't expect anything momentous from this appointment. Just more of the same. I also go back to the chiropractor tomorrow. I have faithfully been doing... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:58:17 EST Being thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004970 Sometimes I need to just stop and remember all the things I have to be grateful for in my life. I have a tendency to let small frustrations escalate in my mind until they become overwhelming, making me forget all the wonderful things and people in my life. Yes, I have a headache, but if that is the only thing really wrong with me then I am doing pretty darn good! Yes, I still have a few pounds to re-lose, but I have maintained a weight loss of over 100 pounds for a couple of years now. De... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:20:48 EST Plans? Ha! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004514 So, the nurse called and said she wouldn't make it today, but might tomorrow. I guess I changed my plans for no reason. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I did get the results of my last blood test, and I don't have to get more done for a month. Yay! I was getting sick of going weekly. My poor veins were getting tired. I see the doctor on Tuesday for a follow up on my annual physical. I still don't know who has been assigned as my PCP. I have been seeing the PA, which is fine with me since I like her.... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 15:25:55 EST Flexibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004073 The visiting nurse called and said she would be here in the early afternoon on Saturday, so I made arrangements with mom to move our normal Saturday lunch to today. No problems. We had hamburgers (no buns), sautéed squazinni, sautéed mushrooms and onions, grilled eggplant slices with parmesan, sliced red bell pepper, and cherry tomato. I had to work around the detritus from their big project yesterday... salsa! They made about a gallon and a half of fresh salsa yesterday. But they hadn... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:00:27 EST A little Dawn works wonders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003475 So, I had the sleep study last night. The tech was hysterical, and had me laughing. He is a Puerto Rican ex-Marine, ex-police officer from NYC. Most of his jokes were rude and probably socially unacceptable, but I thought he was very funny. They affix the monitor thingies to your head with a petroleum based paste, which is nasty and sticks in your hair, but he advised me that Dawn dish soap would probably remove the gunk. The first thing I did when I got home was dig out the small bottle... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:38:58 EST A waiting sort of day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002822 My day is going along like usual, except for the eye I am keeping on the time. I have that sleep study tonight, and I have to drop the dog off with my parents beforehand. It just feels like I am spending this day just waiting for evening. I have spent a goodly portion of the day cuddling with the dog. He is being such a snuggle-bunny today. Love it! I am all packed for tonight. I keep thinking I have forgotten something, but I know I have everything ready. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have to... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:42:15 EST A different perspective may be the solution... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002223 So, most of you know I have been suffering with a constant headache, with intermittent migraines for about a year now. I have consulted with a neurologist, PT, massage therapist, and my GP. There is nothing structurally wrong with my brain, and I only get temporary relief from nerve block injections, PT or massage. What I hadn't done was consult a chiropractor... until today. My massage therapist recommended one who takes walk-ins, is fairly inexpensive, and is located within a couple of ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:49:44 EST Easing up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001605 I have decided to ease back on the workouts, and take more regular recovery days. I am hoping this helps with the headache. But if not, maybe it will just help with my mood and attitude. I eat pretty clean and healthy, and it doesn't seem to make much difference if I workout a lot or just a moderate (for me) amount. It will be interesting to see if I actually see more weight come off with the reduction in activity. It has happened that way for me before. It seems counter intuitive, but ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:57:08 EST I am angry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000903 Today was supposed to be the end to end paddle on Lake Chautauqua, and it was... but not for me. I woke up around 1am with a migraine. The puking, crying, nothing works to alleviate it kind of migraine. So I decided to call off my participation in the paddle. That is the second time recently I have had to cancel kayaking plans due to the headache. I am so tired of it! Nothing seems to dissipate it for long. I am planning to go to the chiropractor next week, just to see if that will hel... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:00:01 EST Tomorrow's the big day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000392 Tomorrow is the end to end paddle on Lake Chautauqua. It is the beginning of the end of kayaking season here, and a fun day with friends. It is a little over 17 miles from Mayville to Celeron. Winds are supposed to be moderate for most of the day. Muffin and Cupcake are loaded and ready to go. I am excited and looking forward to tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Today, I took another rest day. I know. A miracle, right? I walked the dog 3.5 miles earlier today, but it is raining now, so he probably... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 18:24:40 EST Rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999868 Started the day with 30 minutes of yoga with the yoga challenge video of the day. Then went back to bed for a short while, before heading out with the dog. We walked 3 miles before heading to my massage. Cooper once again curled up on my butt while my massage therapist worked out the knots in my back. Then off to get coffee. Only problem was that I forgot about the roadwork going on at a major intersection... I could have gone the other way, but no, I had to wait 20 minutes to get throug... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:49:32 EST Surfing the gloomies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999301 The weather was pretty much perfect today, so I left for PT an hour early and went for a run. I am not sure the PT was appreciative of me showing up red faced and sweaty, but it felt good to get out and run, even if I was slow. Add in 4 dog walks and a ton of other workouts and that was my day. I have been making my morning coffee at home the past couple of days, instead of buying it from Tim Horton's, so I have more time to work out. (TH's coffee still tastes better to me.) <BR> <BR> St... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:22:52 EST Being grumpy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998689 No reason for it... just in a foul mood today. <BR> <BR> Cooper is getting 4 walks today. We have already been out 3 times, and I will take him out again after dinner. Did my normal workouts. I just feel a little "off" today. Hope I am not getting sick. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another day, right? I just need a little attitude adjustment or something. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all my sparkfriends. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:06:40 EST Kayaking report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998003 So, we were up at 5am, to get the boats loaded and head to Buffalo to meet up with the two other paddlers who were going with us... then off to central NY and the Finger Lakes. Originally we were only going to kayak Canadice Lake, but we checked the length and it is pretty short, so we decided to go ahead and launch on Hemlock Lake as well. It was a gorgeous day for Kayaking. A bit windy, but it was good practice for me in the new boat. Since we had two cars we were able to stage the cars... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:16:25 EST Quick update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997560 Went paddling. Came home. Walked the dog. Did some yoga and low impact cardio. Off to bed. I will write up the day in more detail tomorrow. Today I am tired. My alarm went off at 5am, and I didn't get home until 9pm. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 22:21:22 EST Lazy, rainy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996773 I did not sleep well last night, so I was up early to do the yoga challenge video of the day, then went to get coffee before heading out to the farm to visit. Visited with mom and dad while Cooper howled at me. Cranky puppy didn't sleep well either. When we got home I took him for a 6.5 mile walk, before the rain started. After the walk he just curled up on the bed and slept for a couple of hours, while I gently pedaled and read. <BR> <BR> I did another yoga video before heading back to ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:02:12 EST Successful day of doing little... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996156 It is all relative of course, but I have successfully taken a rest day today... by my standards. I have walked Cooper twice so far today ( between rain showers), and will probably take him out one more time after dinner. Did a little ST for a challenge, the yoga challenge video of the day plus a couple of short yoga routines. No boot camp workout, no dance workout, no shadowboxing, no kayaking, and so on... <BR> <BR> Had a lovely lunch with mom and dad. Mom made a batch of pesto this mor... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:26:58 EST Kayaking tonight, and a challenge for tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995675 Kept busy today. Fell asleep early last night. Gee, can't imagine why I would be tired. LOL! Got up and did my yoga challenge video of the day, then walked Cooper, ending at the home of massage therapist for my weekly massage. She gets the muscles to release, but they tighten back up again over the course of the week. I need to strengthen my core muscles, especially the spine stabilizers. Afterward I walked Cooper for another 10 minutes. Went and got my coffee, but I like my coffee te... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 21:12:07 EST Got everything done... I think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994977 Started the day early once again, and did my yoga challenge video of the day before driving Cooper out to the farm to drop him off for the day. Jeremy, mom, and dad were all out on the deck chatting after having breakfast together. Jeremy and I now have tentative plans to go kayaking tomorrow afternoon... weather permitting. We also unloaded the boats from the truck. We put Muffin on the rack in the boat shed, and Cupcake balanced on some old camp chairs outside the shed, as we have run o... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:55:43 EST Another active day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994453 Busy day today. I was up early to do my yoga challenge video of the day before walking the dog. Then I headed out to my parents' house to visit with mom over coffee and got shanghaied into the garden to help my dad pick beans again. He wanted to get them ALL picked before it rained. We managed, though it started sprinkling on us as we were walking back to the house. We then snapped all the beans. I got gifted with all the purple beans once again. Mom was joking that they would have to ... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 23:04:17 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993721 Exercising in the heat triggered another migraine. I canceled out on kayaking because of it. That sucks. Sigh. I was having a good day too. I got up early to get in some exercise before it got hot today. Then I kept moving from workout to workout, until the heat did me in. I think part of the problem is that most of my workouts were done in my apartment, which is on the third floor of the building and has no AC. I had two fans on, but it still felt like there was no air moving. Even ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 22:09:54 EST Embracing the heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992859 Hot today... not that I am going to complain about the heat when a cold and snowy Winter has been projected. Instead I am embracing the heat, and enjoying the sensations, for I know they will be gone much too soon. <BR> <BR> Went to bed early last night, so I got up early this morning, and did a yoga routine before heading out to walk the dog. Then I went for coffee with my mom. It is becoming a habit to go have coffee with her in the morning after taking Cooper for a short walk. I take ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 16:40:58 EST Kayaking fun... and a headache cure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992225 I got up around 5:30 this morning which is very early for me, especially when the sun has yet to rise. Why? To go kayaking! We ended up loading 5 boats on the truck. Three long boats up top on the roof rack, and two short boats in the bed. I got to paddle Muffin today. She is sooo pretty. I was so nervous getting her down to the water though, because the launch at Ripley is down a steep trail and then down a rusted set of steel stairs... well, more of a ladder. Yikes! Scared me! But... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 18:29:32 EST I am tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991709 Up early this morning to do the yoga challenge video of the day and a dance workout, then a short walk with the dog before heading out to my parents'. I spent about an hour picking beans with my dad. We just kept filling containers, and there were still more beans to be picked! Mom and I made spring rolls and chuck steak for lunch. The spring rolls were basically salad bites, but very yummy! After lunch we snapped all the beans we picked. I was still home by about 1:30, and spent the re... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 21:00:07 EST Just another day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991132 So, I had to go for more blood work today. Yes, I was just there Monday, but my levels are still a little off. I have to go again before the 18th. Sigh. I feel like a pin cushion. I am making friends with all the lab techs though. I also had PT and a short massage today. I am hoping that means no headache this weekend. <BR> <BR> I don't really have plans for the holiday (Labor Day, here in the US). I am planning on going kayaking early in the morning on Sunday. Speaking of which... ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 20:25:22 EST Humidity drains me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990505 It was warm and humid today, kept me from going for a run, but not from anything else. I got the house clean, including all the laundry. Went grocery shopping. Saw my therapist. Walked the dog 4 times, for a total of three hours. Did the yoga challenge video of the day. And a bunch of other stuff. <BR> <BR> I thought I would be hungry today, but I wasn't really. I think that was more because of the humidity than anything. I did eat more than yesterday, but that is not hard to do. I ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:44:34 EST Kayaking fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989954 It was the last organized Wednesday night paddle on the Chadakoin down in Jamestown. I took the opportunity to paddle a new boat. I think I am in love. Now if I could just get over the sticker shock! Sigh. <BR> <BR> I was active all day again. I went from walking the dog to various workout DVDs or ones off Youtube to the bike then out for a run. Followed by more workouts, then off to kayak for over two hours. I am a little tired this evening. For some reason I am not very hungry toni... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 23:22:58 EST Easy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989061 Sometimes working out is a struggle, and sometimes it seems effortless. Today was one of the smooth days. I was active all day. Did some of everything... well pretty much everything in my repertoire. No kayaking today, but I was out on the water Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, so a day to recover was good. <BR> <BR> Not certain why some days seem to just work better than others, but I am grateful for the easy days that is for sure! <BR> <BR> Food was better today than it has been since ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 20:05:57 EST An active day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988463 I fell asleep around 9pm last night, and didn't get up until 9am this morning, that late night followed by the early morning really wore me out. So, I had to go get bloodwork done, and I had 2 appointments scheduled for the afternoon, so I took Cooper out to my parents' house once again. I went shopping after dropping him for dog supplies, then went and got my blood work taken care of. When I got home I had a message on my answering machine rescheduling my one appointment, and 5 minutes l... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:55:24 EST Kayaking adventures... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987536 Last night was the Moonlight Paddle (the last of the season). It was the Blood Moon, and it rose bright and vaguely red. The band at the floating stage was a Stevie Wonder cover band. They were okay, but nothing really special. It was an extra big group going out. We had 54 boats, with 57 paddlers (3 tandems). The only swimmer happened at the very end just off the launch. Someone miscalculated how deep the water was, and when she tried to get out she went splash! Not bad considering t... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:06:58 EST Quick update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986933 I am off to the Moonlight Paddle. Won't be home until late. Had a good day. Lunch with my parents, fitness all afternoon, and now kayaking for a couple of hours. Still don't know if we are going out tomorrow or not. Waiting to hear about that. <BR> <BR> A good day. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:33:39 EST Trying new foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986535 So I ordered these pasta/rice substitutes online. I just wanted to try them out. Yesterday I tried the Miracle Noodle Fettuccine. I left them in the boiling water just a little long, which meant they were the tiniest bit slimy, but I added cheese and vegetables and really enjoyed it overall. Tonight I tried the Miracle Rice, again with cheddar and vegetables. I preferred the rice, but that might have more to do with the fact I took them out sooner, so they weren't slimy at all. Best of ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:47:58 EST Just another day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985918 My days tend to have a sameness about them. Not that I am complaining mind you... I enjoy the routine. But sometimes I just want to mix things up. That day was not today though. Tomorrow I have a neuro appointment and a massage scheduled, so it will probably end up being a rest day. That is a change. <BR> <BR> The college students are back, and they are noisy late at night. I think they were celebrating someone's 21st birthday last night, because there was a loud drunken party across f... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:03:24 EST Slowly, but surely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985372 I have been on the go all day today. Just got back from walking Cooper for the 4th time today (total time 3 hours), also had a short visit with mom this morning, and made a lightning fast trip to the grocery store. I have really been mixing up my workouts lately. I keep trying new things and adding them to my workout each day... rather than substituting them. I might need to rotate them, rather than doing everything every day. <BR> <BR> Food was on target today. I track everything here ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:46:37 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984699 Stayed active today. Tried a taebo workout. Man, did I sweat. (And laugh at myself.) I might go for a run this evening as the weather is just about perfect. <BR> <BR> Cooper got 4 walks and is a happy dog. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:00:00 EST Research, eyes, and juggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984010 I researched climbing walls in my area last night. Closest I could find was North Tonawanda. Reasonable rates, and they provide lessons, and rent equipment. Now I just have to find someone to go with me. It might have to wait until my niece comes to visit, as she is the only one I can think of who would do it with me. I want to do it, but I don't want to go alone. Bravery requires company! I am pursuing it though, not just letting the idea simmer. <BR> <BR> I cranked out the exercise ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:53:15 EST