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/ 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 Saturday with mom and dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171995 Got going early enough to get in my yoga, make my coffee, and be at my parents' house by 8am. I never used to be a morning person, so I don't know where this impetus is coming from that gets me out of bed an hour before my alarm every morning... I don't know why I bother setting it anymore, actually. Drank my coffee, and visited for over an hour out on the deck, before heading inside to prep the chicken and preheat the oven. I used a slow oven, so I put the chicken in before 10am. I seaso... Sat, 28 May 2016 15:52:06 EST Is it wasting time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171564 I had a mid day neurologist appointment today. My dad drives me, as the injections make me light headed, and it just seems smarter to have someone else drive in tat case. Anyways, I normally go out to their house around 8am and have coffee with them and visit a while in the mornings, so I did that this morning, then decided to just stay there until after my appointment (after lunch). I went for a short run, then walked the dog, then helped mom prep lunch (spareribs, rice, green beans), the... Fri, 27 May 2016 19:53:25 EST Puttering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171030 I was just puttering around my apartment today. Got my weekly deep clean accomplished, as well as grocery shopping. I walked Cooper a few times, though only two times showed up as workouts on my tracker. It was about 82F today, which is a little too warm for him, so he wasn't real interested in walking, and when I did get him out he was panting most of the way. Poor pup! <BR> <BR> I am off to the neurologist tomorrow. Time for another set of nerve block injections. They are good for ab... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:57:25 EST Afternoon with mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170279 Yesterday I had a migraine hangover and did a lot of nothing. Today, I stayed active in the morning, then borrowed the car from my brother and went and picked up mom to take her to a doctor's appointment. Afterward we went to a café, where she had a cup of coffee and I had a bowl of soup, then I took her to my hairdresser to cut her hair cut. She got all the curl in the family. If she lets it grow she gets ringlets... which she hates! So, we went and she got it cut short for the Summer. ... Wed, 25 May 2016 17:04:47 EST Slightly better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169075 Well I wasn't throwing up or crying today, so it was better than yesterday, but I still have a headache... just not an incapacitating one. Pain really kills my appetite. I am trying to convince myself to snack this evening, because my calories for the day are pretty low. I do NOT need to lose anymore weight at this point... so I need to eat something. I did eat dinner. I made myself cook something and eat it. <BR> <BR> My brother, Jeremy, went kayaking by himself this morning. I just w... Mon, 23 May 2016 20:41:32 EST Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168412 The migraine hit this morning, early, I ended up calling my dad and had him come pick up Cooper and take him home with him, as I just couldn't cope with walking him today. Dad returned him around 7pm. It was a bad one. I threw up the anti-nausea medicine this morning, and ended up just crying most of the morning. <BR> <BR> I tried walking Cooper this morning, before I called my dad. It just wasn't a good thing. I did end up doing some yoga this afternoon, and did some gentle pedaling... Sun, 22 May 2016 22:27:27 EST Day 14- Compliant... Challenge complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167602 Went out to mom and dad's to make lunch today. They don't mind eating to fit my plan. Sometimes I make something extra for them that I just don't serve myself. Today we had roast lamb (that I popped into a marinade when I got there this morning, early), Grilled eggplant with cheddar and stir fried veggies, and they also had soybeans. The lamb was so tender and flavorful. I put it in a slow oven around 10am, and it was just about perfect by noon. I went for a 2 hour walk while the lamb w... Sat, 21 May 2016 14:37:28 EST Day 13- Compliant... quiet day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167108 Spent most of the day just me and my dog... just the way I like it! Just got back from walking Cooper and popped dinner in the oven. It is just roasted vegetables and Italian sausage (and I will shake some Parmesan on after I dish it up), but sometimes simple is best. I eat that often, or a variation on that. I end up eating a lot of broccoli and cauliflower cooked that way. I love it roasted in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil. <BR> <BR> The forecast has changed for the weekend a... Fri, 20 May 2016 17:47:13 EST Day 12- Compliant... cleaning up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166445 Spent some time cleaning my apartment today. It smells good in here right now. When I cook dinner the smells will change, and it will smell good in a different way. I try to do a deep clean at least once a week. <BR> <BR> Cooper felt like walking today. Took him out for half an hour early this morning. Usually his early morning walk is short, and he waits until around 10am for a longer walk, but he was raring to go this morning, and I had the time, so we went. Then I went for a run b... Thu, 19 May 2016 17:08:36 EST Days 11- Compliant... a little excitement for the evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165854 Stayed within parameters of carbs and calories for my nutrition challenge. I am only doing it for 14 days, so I only have 3 days to go. I am probably going kayaking on Sunday, so I will probably eat a lot more calories that day, so it is a good thing I will be off the challenge by then. <BR> <BR> Cooper has definitely altered his walking habits from talking three long walks a day, to one long walk, and 4 really short walks. We aren't walking as far total miles. I guess he is settling int... Wed, 18 May 2016 21:14:06 EST Day 10- compliant... all better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165199 Cooper must have just had an upset tummy, because he was fine today. I even left him with mom and dad for the morning, so I could get errands and appointments taken care if, and they said he was chipper. <BR> <BR> I went to the Credit Union, grocery store, chiropractor, and went for blood work (and took an extra long shower after short run) before heading to the dentist's office at 11am. I was early, and I was seen early. I love when that happens. In this case the dentist himself ended... Tue, 17 May 2016 23:20:06 EST Day 9- Compliant... Sick doggie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164430 Cooper was a bit off today. All he wanted to do most of the day was snuggle when he was inside and eat grass when he went outside. He did seem to perk up a little as the day went along, so I am hopeful that he will be okay tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Since Cooper was not as interested in walking today I went for a run, then pedaled and read off and on for most of the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Stayed within parameters of the challenge for carbs and calories. I don't feel like I am on a "diet" with ... Mon, 16 May 2016 21:51:05 EST Day 8- Compliant--- calm, but cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163580 I refuse to put on my Winter coat or gloves, so Cooper's walks today have mostly been shorter, because it is COLD! It snowed a little earlier. (Maybe it was hail... whatever it was, it was white stuff spitting out of the sky in May.) I did take him for a longer walk this morning though, despite the chill. He seems to like the chill. Contrary dog! <BR> <BR> I was within parameters of both carbs and calories for the day. I am working to keep my calories above 1000 every day, no matter ... Sun, 15 May 2016 18:23:08 EST Day 7- Compliant... one week in the bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162945 Made lunch for mom and dad today. We had crispy pork, and stir fried veggies. Dad said the pork was "perfect". Woohoo! He doesn't always notice his food, so that was a big deal. I thought the veggies were slightly overcooked, but that was just my opinion. Went for a short run before starting lunch prep. Mom watched Cooper for me. Just under 2 miles, but mostly hills. Also took Cooper for a hike in their woods once the rain stopped. <BR> <BR> It got chilly today. Iy is in the 40s, a... Sat, 14 May 2016 17:17:45 EST Day 6- Compliant... resisting temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162338 I have snack food in the house right now, but I am resisting temptation for another 12 days. I am sticking to my main meals, and healthy snacks... keeping my carbs and calories within the parameters of my challenge. It is not a hardship. It just takes a little determination to turn away from the easy snack food and stay with the plan. <BR> <BR> There is a cold front moving in this weekend, and there is even a slight chance of snow in the forecast! I have a feeling Cooper won't want to wa... Fri, 13 May 2016 18:46:47 EST Day 5- Compliant... on the losing team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161797 I went to Trivia Night tonight. We were doing okay through the first two rounds, but fell apart in the third round. We talked ourselves out of four right answers. Doh! We actually wrote down the correct answers then scratched them out and put down wrong answers instead. In our defense... we were all pretty tired. But still it was pretty silly. We ended up only getting 3 questions right out of ten in the last round. I think that was our worst game ever! <BR> <BR> Cooper got an hour lo... Thu, 12 May 2016 22:28:30 EST Day 4- Compliant... a bit of a struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161022 I was within parameters for carbs and calories, but it was a bit of a struggle to get enough calories today. I am still coping with little to no appetite. Not feeling hungry means I have to force myself to eat at the appropriate times, and sometimes I just can't deal with eating much. I just can't face it, as it makes me feel a little queasy. So I eat something easy like yogurt, but just a little. I DO make sure I eat at least one fairly substantial meal every day... whether I want to or... Wed, 11 May 2016 19:51:32 EST Day 3- compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160283 Had no trouble sticking with the plan today. Calories and carbs are within established parameters for the challenge. <BR> <BR> Got an extra early start this morning. Got in my yoga and a run, before I started my coffee to take with me to mom and dad's. I left Cooper with them while I ran some errands, but I was done and picking him up again by 9:30am. So, I was walking him by 10am. He is going to end up with 4 walks today, but two of them were short... only halfway around the block... s... Tue, 10 May 2016 18:09:10 EST Day 2- staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159678 Stayed compliant with carbs and calories today. Sometimes it is the little things that keep me on track... like cutting my half and half from 3 Tbs, to 2 Tbs...or choosing the whole milk Greek yogurt. I am not suffering or feeling deprived in any way, but my numbers fall within the parameters I set for the challenge. Go, me! <BR> <BR> I was up extra early this morning, so yet again I had time for yoga and a short run, before heading to mom and dad's. Stopped for Tim Horton's on the way t... Mon, 9 May 2016 21:03:51 EST Day 1- Mother's Day... making choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158841 Got up early once again... for no good reason. I guess the good reason is that I get my yoga and a short run in before heading to my parents' house with the dog. I left Cooper with my parents this morning, as my brother, Jonathan, had requested my assistance in cooking Mother's Day lunch for the majority of the family. He wanted to do some of it on the grill, so dad figured it would be easier if Cooper came down with mom and dad at noon, rather than hanging out in the kitchen with me while... Sun, 8 May 2016 15:13:30 EST Lunch with mom and dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158449 I was up early again. No reason for it... I just was. Did my morning yoga, and decided to buy my morning coffee at Tim Horton's. Cooper doesn't mind, because this meant he got a Timbit, and he LOVES them! I make him wait to eat it though, until we get to mom and dad's and mom gets up and gets her coffee... and then my mom gives him his treat. After coffee today I took him for a short hike in their woods, then set off on a run. Did almost 3.5 miles. There are a lot more hills out wher... Sat, 7 May 2016 22:05:54 EST Day 30- Final day of yoga challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157729 I was up early this morning for no particular reason. It meant I could putter before starting my yoga routine. Cooper didn't get out of bed to "assist" me with my yoga today. Instead he curled up on my pillow, tucked his nose under his tail, and went back to sleep. Silly pup! After yoga, I went for a short run, since I had time, then made coffee, and took it with me to my parents' house. I share a car with my brother, Jonathan, and he had left it in his driveway, rather than in my lot, ... Fri, 6 May 2016 16:34:33 EST Day 29- Goal weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157136 I remembered to weigh myself this morning... I am just under my goal weight! Now I just have to find the calorie in/out balance to stay there. It didn't work so well last time. I lost too much, tried to regain a few pounds to reach a healthy weight... and regained 50-60 pounds. Yikes! I didn't mean to do that! So I had to re-lose the weight, and it was harder coming off the second time, let me tell you. So, I am going to be cautious this time. I think I am going to weigh myself every ... Thu, 5 May 2016 20:00:34 EST