LOPEYP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LOPEYP LOPEYP'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/ Tub arrived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955300 The tub finally arrived for our new bathroom. <BR> <BR> I will post some photos when it is unpacked and in place. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df81b584-877f-41d4-aea8-17ed72807372.jpg"> <BR> The plumber and three of the contractor's guys pushed it up the ladder and into the space on Thursday. <BR> <BR> Thursday was a wild day around here. Everyone was busy except the cats. LOL! <BR> The contractors moved the tub in and replaced our bay window. That was pretty scary to wa... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 09:11:06 EST Things are coming together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953744 For once I can say that I am confident that we will be done with the addition part of our project by the end of July. <BR> <BR> There will still (probably) be the deck work to do but I don't really care about that. <BR> <BR> Most of the house is sided now and almost all the windows are in. The bay window and a couple of smaller ones are left. Those will be done tomorrow. The windows are vinyl-clad wood. the trim is primed but the inside of the windows aren't. I started painting last weeke... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:44:24 EST End of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952095 <em>40</em> This is how I feel. We had all the windows replaced (except 2) this week and it was he!!. The mess, the lack of privacy. Ugh! And all the windows have to be painted on the inside. Just found out that is our responsibility. Yesterday I started that job and hubby started putting the curtains up. We are getting new blinds so all the windows are bare. We did get the curtains up in the room we are in so no sheets on the windows last night. That was nice. <BR> The painting is tedious... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:05:59 EST Taking Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950280 I have decided that I will take control during the construction project and do what I need to do to be successful. I was stressed out about the new windows in the main part of the house. <BR> How messy will it be? How long will it take? How will they move our furniture around to even get near the windows? I decided today that it's not helping me to worry. These people are professional and competent and it'll all work out. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> My typical at home day is to jump out of b... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:20:33 EST Update Construction and Otherwise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948069 There has been lots of activity this week with the house. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Went into the office on Thursday and when I came home our roof was all done. They were just finishing up when I pulled it. There were about 5-6 men "swarming" the house. My neighbor said they were like a bunch of ants working their way up the house. Very organized, each one knowing and doing his job. They were also very neat. They had a big magnet with wheels and went around picking up all the nails. They mo... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 07:01:29 EST Hoping for a Quiet Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946529 I've been working from home mostly since the construction got under way. I didn't realize how much stress that causes. <em>40</em> I knew the overall project/upheaval would be stressful but having my quiet days at home interrupted has really thrown me off. Even my sleeping is messed up. I've been walking up in the middle of the night and having a hard time getting back to sleep. <BR> <BR> I will say that I really like the general contractor. He is very receptive to our questions/concerns/... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:20:13 EST Lots of Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945324 Yesterday was a hodge podge of things. We went to the cemeteries and "visited" our parents, then stopped at Home Depot to pick up a lamp pole I had ordered. Did another errand on the way home. I think we've picked up or ordered all the lights for the addition now. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> At home, I finished planting flowers. Then watered everything. <BR> <BR> Sat out by the pool in the afternoon for a couple of hours and caught up on my reading. First dip of the season was delightful. I ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:06:07 EST Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944769 Yesterday was a good day! <BR> <BR> I had a great workout in the morning. Kickboxing and aerobics. I threw in some Walk it Out just to get some more steps for a fitbit challenge. I ended up walking a lot longer than I had planned because my SIL called in the middle of it, so I just kept walking to the call ended. <BR> <BR> In the afternoon, we attended my goddaughter's last recital. It was a great show. We really enjoyed all the numbers. The little kids are so cute. We had great seats (thir... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 05:54:33 EST Mad craziness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943491 Finally some movement on the addition. <em>224</em> We got through the plumber switch okay. The old plumber (my neighbor) called me on Monday and he was totally okay with things. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Today the electrician and the plumber are here. I guess we were suppose to have picked out the lights already. Ooops! We were going next week but I think we might go tomorrow morning. These places don't have evening hours and Saturdays are taken. <BR> <BR> Had my first weigh in at WW ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:41:38 EST May Recap June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940559 Another month has flown by. It's really scary how fast it goes. <BR> <BR> May was a mixed bag for the ol' healthy lifestyle. I was able to turn the exercise bus around. I started getting in at least 60 minutes a day and doing strength training twice a week. Ideally I'd like to get in three ST sessions. I'll keep working at that. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> The food bus is harder to slow and turn. I'm probably up about 5 pounds since the end of the year. All my jeans are SO tight that I can't... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 06:56:13 EST Ready to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938883 Last night hubby and I signed up for Weight Watchers. We did it several years ago and were successful so I'm hoping that we will repeat. <BR> <BR> My workouts have been great this week. Pushing myself to do harder workouts. In the past months, my workouts have been lame. <em>2</em> Monday I did 30 minutes of kickboxing and 20 minutes of upper body. Yesterday I did 45 minutes of aerobics. Haven't planned today's yet but think it'll be Total Body mixed with some treadmill and kickboxing. <... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 06:55:05 EST Treading Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937666 I have been in a holding pattern for the past year or so. I gain a few pounds; I lose a few pounds. I am tired of it. <BR> <BR> Today I am starting again. Hubby and I signed up for Weight Watchers meetings. We will go tomorrow after work. We did this a long time ago and had great success. I am also starting a calorie tracking challenge at the gym, using Myfitnesspal. This should be easy as I already use it. Just need to look at the entire picture (nutrients, fats, etc.) not just the calori... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:39:52 EST Construction update/photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936624 I am tired <em>102</em> <BR> The construction is well underway and we received word last week that we'd have to move out of our room by Friday. We had done a lot of the work earlier (emptying closets) but still had to move all our clothes and furniture out of the room. It was a lot of work. Yesterday was the final move. With the help of the crew, we moved our bed, bureaus and TV out of the room. Now they are located in the guest room and living room. <BR> <BR> Our guest room already had... Sat, 30 May 2015 06:57:15 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935337 We just returned from <em>226</em> <em>105</em> Indy 500 trip. We always squeeze the race in between fun excursions and visits with friends. <BR> <BR> We went hiking in an arboretum. They had several hiking trails and we did three of them. The weather was nice that day and not too hot. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a01b3d69-e302-4658-bcf1-780a42568609.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c08d67ba-0ada-42bd-91a9-015c40e3436d.JPG"> <BR... Wed, 27 May 2015 19:37:31 EST The Chaos is Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931400 The construction is well underway and it is almost time to break through into our room. <em>40</em> <BR> As I mentioned, we spent a lot of last weekend, boxing up clothes and moving things from our room. Also clearing out our guest room since that's where we will be living until the construction (or most of it) is complete. <BR> <BR> The problem is where to put everything??? We don't have a lot of closet space for clothes, mostly stuff. Our attic is stuffed and the electrician is going ... Wed, 20 May 2015 12:32:51 EST She Did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929068 Yesterday was a wonderful day. My goddaughter graduated from high school with honors! The weather cooperated and the graduation was held outdoors. We had seats in the first row thanks to my cousin's in-laws who arrived two hours early. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37684f0a-5ef9-414b-b27b-11dbf097ddce.jpg"> <BR> i love this photo! My hubby took it as she was walking in for graduation. She turned to one of her friends and said "That's my family." <BR> <BR> After ... Sat, 16 May 2015 10:37:04 EST Crazy Week Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927901 This is going down in the books as another crazy week. Too busy to even go on SP much! <BR> <BR> Work is insane. We have an unbelievable deadline to get about 30 CBTs (small) done by last Friday. I just finished mine yesterday. Trying to juggle a few other projects at the same time. Adding to the stress of that one of my coworkers had a mild heart attack while doing colonoscopy prep. Has anyone heard of that?? He will be out 3 weeks at least. I've talked to him and he sounds okay. They put i... Thu, 14 May 2015 07:20:33 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925199 I am doing pretty well with my May goals. <BR> I made it to the gym twice this week, which was amazing since I have a crazy deadline at work. Even had a session with my trainer yesterday. That felt great! <BR> <BR> I am slowly getting better with my food. Trying to talk myself out of bad choices. <em>18</em> It doesn't always work but sometimes it does. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I met my goal of 3 ST sessions this week. Yah! I cannot tell you the last time that I did that. <BR> <BR> On... Sat, 9 May 2015 07:39:19 EST Time for Some Goals - May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922218 I've been kind of floating along with out any real goals. Not a good thing. Goals brings results! <BR> <BR> My May goals are: <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> 60 minutes of cardio 5-7 days a week <BR> <em>362</em> ST 3x a week <BR> <em>190</em> Eat dinner in 5x a week <BR> <em>149</em> Spend 30 mins 2x a week on me <BR> <BR> I will be making a spreadsheet to track my success. I definitely need visuals and hard, cold facts to keep me on track. Mon, 4 May 2015 06:31:24 EST Crazy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921181 Things are moving along with our addition. Foundation is in and they will backfill at the beginning of the week and then start framing. We went to the bath showroom again (I think this is the 4th time) with the intention of ordering but left there with questions. Ugh! I need to talk to the architect about the tub again before we order it (cannot be returned). <BR> Went out to dinner for our anniversary. Nothing fancy because of my tooth issue. Going next week to get it "buttoned up" so I can ... Sat, 2 May 2015 07:43:38 EST It's a Wrap: Another 5K Complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918091 Today was the third 5K that we've done in our town. It benefits a scholarship fund in the name of a woman who was hit and killed by a person driving while on RX drugs. <BR> <BR> The weather was a little chilly but that only mattered while we were standing still, and that wasn't for long! The walkers started out 15 minutes ahead of the runners. The thought behind this change (last year everyone started at once) was that the walkers would be able to finish before they opened the roads up (an... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:46:06 EST Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916774 My goddaughter came for a visit Wednesday night and is leaving this morning. <BR> She is such a joy to have around. It is so hard to believe that she is 18 already and heading to college in the fall. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> We took her for a tour of Fenway Park yesterday. She had never been to the park and we had never gone on the tour. It was a great tour. They even let you go on the field. The weather was really cold yesterday. Although the temp was 50 it was very windy and just not nice... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:59:54 EST What are my goals/plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914125 Today was a great fitness day. I did 45 minutes of kickboxing first and followed it up with 45 minutes of aerobics. One of the ladies whose video I was doing said "What is your plan? You determine which segments to do when." I thought to myself, I don't have a fitness plan. I just do what I feel like at the time, which could be way I've been getting lazy. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I did two youtube videos called Tank Top Arms. They were each 10 mins long and weren't too difficult to get through... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:48:25 EST Construction Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913302 Finally our bath/bedroom addition is underway. One of the subs showed up yesterday and took up the asphalt and prepared under the deck. We are closing in/replacing our deck, adding on a master bath/bedroom with little balcony, garage underneath. <BR> I can't wait until it is done. <BR> We wanted to use our plumber (neighbor) so he is quoting on the project as well as the contractor's plumber. Lots of questions and calls, making me stressed. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Work is pretty stressful ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:24:49 EST Doing Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911929 I have had a couple of good days - eating right and getting back to exercise. Funny that my knee doesn't bother me while exercising, only on the stairs. I have not been doing anything more than walking and low impact aerobics. I must say that I miss my kickboxing! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> The weather has been nice here (finally). The crocuses are up. I raked out the gardens on Sunday so the flowers don't have to go through leaves. LOL! <BR> <BR> A little frazzled by last minutes changes t... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:48:23 EST Plans for Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909277 Today will be a busy day and broken into segments, which will make it more difficult to get a lot done. <BR> Lunch time I am taking my aunt (82) for lunch with her cousins. That will be fun as we don't get to see them very often. My uncle is going away overnight and as he is her caregiver, I am pitching in (along with my cousin). <BR> <BR> After lunch I will drop my aunt off at her house and return there for dinner with hubby. I will be staying until my cousin arrives to stay overnight. Not... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:25:44 EST Moving Slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907700 I am recovering slowly from Sunday's fall. My left knee is pretty swollen still and bruised but I can feel some improvement with motion. Still not great on stairs. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym today for a light workout. Tried the elliptical but no can do even on the lowest setting. Moved to the treadmill and that was okay. I went and did some upper body strength training and my back exercises, which involved gingerly getting down on the floor. <BR> <BR> My eating has been bad so today I am sta... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:14:09 EST A Walk and a Tumble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905986 It is really amazing the thoughts that can race through your mind as you are about to hit the ground. That is what I discovered today. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I went for a walk this morning. We were probably in the middle of our route when I tripped on a branch on the sidewalk, and it became tangled in my feet and I hit the ground. <BR> I wasn't looking where I was walking and didn't see it. <BR> During the time that it took for me to fall, I thought: <BR> I can regain my balance. <BR> Will (hub... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 18:59:19 EST Day 7 Done and April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904394 The cleanse ended uneventfully. I am 3lbs down from the start. I am happy with that. I never lose more than 1/2 lb a week. LOL! <BR> <BR> Moving on from my good week I want to continue my success. <BR> Here are my goals for April: <BR> <BR> Participate in the Spring 5% Challenge <BR> Plan, measure, and track <BR> Make smart choices <BR> Get 10,000 steps a day <BR> Do two ST sessions a week <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 19:45:21 EST Monday - Day Five - Down 3lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902803 Yesterday was day 5 of the cleanse and I am down 3lbs!! Very exciting! <em>104</em> <BR> I was wondering if the majority of my loss is due to the fact that I have been very strictly following my meal plan or if it's a combo of that and the cleanse. Probably the latter. I never lose 3lbs in 5 days or even a week. <BR> <BR> My back continues to bother but is improving. As a result, no exercise the last three days. <em>46</em> Makes me wonder how much I could have lost if I was able. Oh ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:36:03 EST Sunday - Day Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901865 Half way done!! <em>246</em> <BR> Today was another good day (other than my back). Stayed within range. <BR> No exercise due to back. Tonight it is feeling better and tomorrow I am getting a massage so I should continue to improve. <BR> <BR> Scale went down a little more this morning. I am curious to see what the final loss is. Not expecting anything huge since I mostly make good choices. <BR> <BR> Signed up for the 5% Spring Challenge again. It starts next week and I am looking forward... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:28:56 EST Saturday - Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901326 Today is the third day of the cleanse. I must say that I REALLY dislike the fiber powder. You dissolve it in water and drink it. It reminds me of the colonoscopy prep, for those of you who have experienced it. <em>24</em> Today I added a small drop of grape juice to it and then drank it down. Afterwards, I took a swig of grape juice to get the taste out of my mouth. Blah! <BR> <BR> Food today was mainly on plan. I realized that some of our weekend routine involves eating out and hubby wa... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:28:13 EST Friday - Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900790 Status quo today. Had no ill effects of the cleanse. I slept well and had lots of energy today. I am eating a lot better now than I have been for the past month. I was derailed by my vacation in February. This is correcting that behavior. <BR> <BR> I must admit that I miss my cheese. I don't use a ton of it but do enjoy it in omelets and sandwiches. Eating hummus and carrots for snacks. <BR> <BR> Scale moved down this morning. Could just be from eating right. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:24:30 EST Thursday - Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900237 I started the cleanse and healthy eating today and the day went well. I've had lots of energy and have been eating healthy food, no junk! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I was just thinking that I need to get some blood work done and next week after I complete Day 7 would be a great time. I will be curious to see the numbers. <BR> <BR> Other than that it was a quiet day. Did some training for the 5K and some yoga. <BR> <BR> See you tomorrow! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:22:21 EST Getting Back to It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899645 I must admit that my exercise has been lacking or lagging a bit since the 5% challenge ended. I have been trying to get it back and get my eating in line too! <BR> <BR> Today I tried to see my trainer but our schedules didn't jive so I took myself to the gym and worked out. Tried a new elliptical workout. It's pretty tough. <BR> <link>3i133rqau023qjc1k3txdvr1.wpengine.ne<BR>tdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/0<BR>3/Elliptical_LunchTimeCalorieCrunchPRINT.pdf </link> <BR> I stopped at t... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:17:27 EST Sunday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897541 Wow cannot believe that a week has passed since my last blog. <BR> It was a kind of crazy week. <BR> <BR> A coworker's mother passed and we went to the funeral on Wednesday and Thursday I went to the wake of a college friend's sister. She was only 60 and died of cancer. I feel so badly for my friend as she and her sister were both unmarried and basically lived together. They lived in the 2-family that was their family's, but each had their own floor. Very sad. <BR> <BR> Thursday I made it ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:59:04 EST Lazy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893168 Yesterday was a lazy day. I sleep in a little (for me). Planned my food for the day and had a good workout. Continuing my 5K training. After that did some strength training and stretching. <BR> <BR> After lunch went shopping with a gift card I received for my birthday, something I don't do alot. Stayed local. Picked up a cute blouse and then popped into the grocery store to get a few things. The store was decorated for <em>440</em> St Pat's Day. The managers were wearing green jackets an... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:44:01 EST Started 5K Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891297 The last two weeks have been crazy with me due to the audit and I really haven't been focusing on myself or anything for that matter. Going into the office every day has really messed up my schedule. I have so much laundry to get caught up on. Ugh! Spending so much time in the car commuting. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> You wouldn't think that sitting in a room all day would be draining, but it is. This week, since my cold is fading away, I have been trying to walk around a bit more on breaks a... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:10:19 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886713 Today I feel a little better. I was up too early (I think from the cold medicine) but got up and did some Wii walking before work. I have felt like such a slug because I haven't done anything since last week. Between my cold and this audit I have been mostly sitting all day. On a bright note, I think all the sitting in this audit has forced me to rest. <BR> <BR> I made an appointment with my trainer for Thursday after work. I think I will be well enough to workout with him. We will see. <BR... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:49:31 EST March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884714 I cannot believe it is the first day of March. Yah!! Next week the clocks spring forward and spring is around the corner. <BR> Unfortunately I am not starting March off well. I have a head cold that is finally blooming after a week of a sore throat. I know there is no good time for a cold but this week is the worse time. We have an audit at work and I have to be there every day for two weeks. I was dreading it already and not feeling well and being trapped in a room for 8 hours a day isn't ma... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:06:36 EST The Numbers Are in ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883121 Today I did the final assessment for the 5-month challenge at the gym. The numbers that I obsess on (weight and waist size) weren't good. I increased a bit. The other numbers that normally we don't even think about (blood pressure, pulse, recovery heart rate) were great. The trainer told me that he hasn't seen a recovery heart rate as low as mine (from people in this challenge). Cool! <em>36</em> He told me that that was one of the indicators for heart disease. Great because who wants he... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:07:27 EST Vacation!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882273 We had a great week in Florida! The weather at the beginning of the trip was cold. In the 30s in the morning and only getting into the 40s or low 50s. Fortunately I had my winter coat with me, just didn't have gloves. <em>246</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119489630.jpg"> <BR> We had an ambitious schedule: 4 parks in 2 days and we did it! We clocked over 17K steps each day for the first two days. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the safari the most, I think, in Animal... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:44:13 EST And the Total is 17.5" for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876344 The good news is that the blizzard ended early (still daylight). The bad news is that it left us with 17.5" of snow and bitter temps. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1040172083.jpg"> <BR> Our shed is slowly vanishing......... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1288604711.jpg"> <BR> View from the front of house <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l678773828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:31:44 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875120 Firstly, I had an awesome birthday. My dear friend took me out for dinner one night and hubby took me out another night. Of course what's a birthday without birthday cake (or some kind of dessert).. 'nuf said. The scale wasn't smiling this week. Oh well....... <BR> My sparkfriends had the right idea with those non-fattening gifts. <BR> <BR> Snow days from work Monday and Tuesday. Did a little work but mostly did some things at home and spent too much time online. <em>40</em> I can't ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:42:58 EST Snow............and more snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872653 So it has basically been snowing here in Massachusetts since Thursday. Yes, we did have a few small windows of no snow but it's hard to remember them. <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> It just keeps falling.................. <BR> <BR> Remembered this little dialog from the Three Stooges <BR> <BR> Curly: "Did'jya ever hear of Snow, Snow, Beautiful Snow?" <BR> Lady: "Why yes, did you write that?" <BR> Curly: "No, I sh... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:35:44 EST Saturday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871371 Did not have the greatest start to the month. Fell off the wagon with food and gained a little. Today I have put my foot down LOL! and am going to stay under my calories. <BR> <BR> On the flip side, I have been exercising like mad, due to fitbit challenges and that has helped with the gain. I would have gained more than a pound, I think. <BR> <BR> Still going to PT but my back is improving. I have to be diligent about doing my back exercises and stretching. Should be easy, right? <BR> <... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 17:32:13 EST January - I'm Calling it a WIN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867004 In January, I refocused. Planned, tracked, burned calories. And guess what <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I LOST 3 lbs!! <em>246</em> <em>104</em> I also had the most fitness minutes in a month (2,000) than I can remember. <em>216</em> <em>319</em> <em>362</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> I've been pushing myself more in all areas because I am doing the 5% Challenge and want to be successful. I did not want the time to pass and not have anything to sho... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:47:53 EST Blizzard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865437 The last two days were days off from work. Tuesday was the Blizzard of 2015 - in my opinion- nothing like the Blizzard of 1978. It snowed from Monday night to Wednesday morning. Total count in my town was about 34". It's unbelievable when you see the snowbanks. <BR> Here's some photos <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l653071813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l515116108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:29:04 EST Saturday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861743 Last week was a busy one. I am working on documentation for a highly visible project and I had to get an almost-draft ready so my manager could hold it up at a steering comm. meeting and say "see." Had my head to the grindstone first part of the week. <BR> <BR> Might have been what caused the second part of the week to go bad. My back went out, big time. I've been having an issue with a rotated sacrum. Massages have helped but didn't quite do it all (hoping that by relaxing the muscles that ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:11:19 EST Numbers Don't Lie - What kind of results do you expect? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856927 Do you know the big picture? What are your numbers to succeed? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1928512393.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I feel like I've been coasting along. Eating right (well mostly), working out (well sort of), and drinking water (this on I get a <em>8</em> for) and expecting something to change. It isn't. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Food in, exercise out, blah blah. But who's paying attention to what it all means. I guess I wasn't . Have you ever said, I don'... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:55:35 EST