MCFITZ2's SparkPeople Blog MCFITZ2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Rainbow <img src="">Raining again today with bursts of sunshine. Here is one of the rainbows we saw. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Here are some photos from yesterday <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:41:25 EST more Tucson photos <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="" <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:48:15 EST Enjoy being in Tucson Stayed at the condo all day. Daughter picked up so groceries for us and I did a lot of relaxing and reading. My ankles are back. The edema is so much better. <BR> Drinking lots of water to get system back on an even keel. <BR> Took pictures yesterday and today. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:11:13 EST Escaped the snow We had some ice and an inch or so of snow and our flight was able to take off after de-icing. <em>535</em> Our area got up to and over 10 inches during the day. Glad we had an early flight out. <BR> AZ is sunny and much warmer that NYS. <BR> Still fighting the sinus infection and the side effects from the antibiotics. The edema is down to almost gone. Hope to hear from Dr. on the blood work I had done the day before we left <BR> Here are some pictures from the flight coming into S... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:43:34 EST Dr. again Went back had blood work and will get results tomorrow. <BR> Took some pictures at the park today. <BR> Tundra Swans and red tail hawk. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:59:20 EST message in to Dr. One of the possible side effects of this antibiotics is swelling in the feet and legs. Have a message into Dr. for advice. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:47:36 EST finally able to get to the fitness center I feel so much better having been able to work out. <BR> 70 Min on the recumbent stepper. <BR> I did not have as much energy as usual but understandable after being sick for 2 weeks. <BR> It is probably the last gym work out until we are in Tucson. <BR> Too much to get done before we leave. <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:05:01 EST On the mend I think Well I have been on antibiotics since Wednesday and I think I am actually better. <BR> We did some errands today and I will be taking my sister grocery shopping tomorrow. Trying to get things organized for our trip. Coming together slowly. <BR> Took some pictures today <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR>... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:42:17 EST Went to Dr. today After trying to ride this out with rest, fluids etc. Went to the Dr.'s today. I have a sinus infection and now on antibiotics . Had to go off one med to be able to take it and have to watch for side effects on one I need to continue to take. <BR> Hopefully I will not have a interaction between the two. <BR> Two cats to the vet for check ups and shots tomorrow morning then cleaning and preparing veggies for a stir fry, truly a stir steam but that doesn't sound as tasty. <em>246</em> <BR... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:19:44 EST Still not up to par Day 12 of this Allergy/cold/virus/? thing. <em>527</em> <BR> It is a gypsy head to throat to head to chest to head to vocal cords and next where. I sound like a croaking frog. <em>201</em> My husband has asked me to stop talking. <BR> WHAT???? Just because I croak alto, croak base, croak cough cough cough. <BR> Actually I do get it. Going to head for bed. Soon. <em>102</em> <BR> Everyone stay well. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:41:13 EST feeling better I have been fighting this cold /alergies for 9 days. I think I am feeling a little bit better. I did get more cleaning done. Busy day tomorrow. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:53:59 EST Laid back day Did more paper sorting and read Thur.Fri. and Sat. papers. <BR> Lots of paper recycling. <BR> Cleared one table and washed and polished it. Trying to get things used in the refrigerator and then will take out the shelves and hydrators out and wash them. <BR> Would be nice if once cleaned it would stay that way. <em>334</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:52:00 EST Happy Friday Stayed home today. <BR> Did some sorting and paper work. <BR> Still trying to get over cold. Body is enforcing the rest and liquids routine on me. <BR> Have a good evening. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:47:18 EST Thanksgiving I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. <BR> We did. Here is a picture of a snow coated tree at my SIL house. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The roads were clear to drive and the trees and shrubs were gorgeous. The wind had not blown the snow off the branches. <BR> Lot's to be thankful for. <BR> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:36:30 EST That was yesterday this is now Yesterday was <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today is <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And I do miss <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Did you know the over the river and through the wood song wa... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:49:04 EST Beautiful sun good for taking photos We had a sunny day today <em>224</em> <BR> I did some picture taking, met with friends at the senior center, <BR> did a walking cd for 3 miles and had a good nap this afternoon. Also was able to read more on the book I am reading. <BR> This is one of the earliest homes built in Lansing NY They moved and re-assembled it at the park. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I thin... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:10:40 EST Nice anniversary Yesterday way our anniversary. 35 years and that doesn't seem possible. <BR> I had a good workout st the fitness center and them we went out to a nice restaurant. We enjoyed it a lot. The restaurant, The Boatyard, is a locally owned one with a chef. A step above what we usually eat at and a nice view of the water. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:17:48 EST Great sunrise <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> This is what I saw out my bedroom window this morning. Went and grabbed my camera. <BR> Decided to re-arrange the bedroom. I may not be able to sleep in the bed tonight. <em>246</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Guess I better get busy. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:56:54 EST Surgery done Surgery to release my trigger finger is done. It went well. Now to recuperate and get full range of motion and grip strength back. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:05:07 EST Did drop in class Did my first drop in class today. Did circuit ST and then cardio, repeated for a total of 3 ST circuits and 3 cardio sets. Then I did 53 min on the ARC trainer. <BR> Tomorrow is hand surgery to correct trigger finger. Dr. will cut the tendon sheath so the tendon can move. <BR> It is my dominate hand so I hope it heals really fast. <BR> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:44:25 EST long work out 165 min. of cardio <em>324</em> <BR> felt good <em>216</em> <BR> ready for bed <em>102</em> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:33:28 EST Great day today Went for biopsy and when they redid the mammogram it had gone down in size and I did not have to have the biopsy. <em>334</em> <BR> Still have hand surgery Friday and lots to do as my dominate hand will be out of commission for a while. <BR> <em>353</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:10:18 EST fitness center Got a good workout and went to the therapy pool today. <BR> Did an hour on the recumbent stepper, 10 min. on the rower and 15 min on the ARC trainer. <BR> Tomorrow morning I have the biopsy scheduled so I wanted to be sure I got a good workout in today. <BR> Sleep sweet with happy dreams. <em>102</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:49:43 EST worked on repair projects Mended a vanity seat and the door casing to the pantry. They have been on my to do list quite a while. <BR> Also made apple crisp, spaghetti squash, kale chips and defrosted home made sauce. <BR> Stressing over all the medical stuff I have going on this week. <BR> But this too shall pass. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:26:53 EST Lazy Saturday Did a little of this to a little of that. <BR> Finished reading a mystery. Hung a picture. Move 3 5 gal of deck stain to basement at rental. Will throw in a load of laundry before bed so a really lazy day. <BR> Oh there was a freecycle post for a under the desk bike that I responded to and went and picked up. Did between 30 min to 50 min with it. Not as vigorous as stationary bike, but better that just sitting. <BR> Sleep sweet. <em>102</em> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:33:15 EST last CSA distribution Today was the last distribution for the summer share from the CSA farm. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Kale, garlic, carrots, parsnip, rutabaga, bochoy, red potatoes, broccoli, celeriac, radish, and squash. <BR> Will hope to get some good hearty meals for this. <BR> Keep warm and sleep sweet. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:14:03 EST Some snow Temps are in the thirty's for today's highs. <BR> Did 50 min cardio at fitness center this afternoon. <BR> Have two surgeries scheduled for next week. <BR> Busy busy. <BR> Keep warm. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:38:21 EST The cold is arriving It was sunny and warm, relatively speaking, this morning. A light jacket was sufficient. This afternoon the wind was up and it was cloudy and much colder. <BR> I will need to unearth my winter coat. <BR> Had an hour cardio at the fitness center so that is good. <BR> Met with PA and discussed what to expect on Tue. with the biopsy. <BR> They didn't finish with my car today so I still have the garage's loaner. <BR> Tomorrow another Dr. appointment for trigger finger on left hand. <BR> Just n... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:07:46 EST Thank all who are or have served. <em>232</em> <em>636</em> <BR> Also thank you to their families. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:44:52 EST Last mow for the year done Ok mowed finished the yard was able to get 5 ft from the garage when the gas ran out. So mowing is done. Gas drained from mower. <BR> Garden cart and wheel barrow stored for the winter. <BR> Also a nap. Not much else done to day. Maybe I'll get an energy surge tonight. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:03:41 EST Fitness center and church turkey dinner Went to the fitness center and worked out doing a lot of cardio and then finished up with a short ST circuit. <BR> We had a church dinner at my hubby church. The youth serve the older members of the church. They do a really nice job. Menu turkey, candied sweet potatoes. stuffing, gravy, rolls, tossed salad, mixed roasted veggies, and pies. <BR> I did well on portion control, skipped rolls, had lots of roasted veggies and a table spoon of dressing, potatoes, and sweet potatoes and apple pi... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 18:26:06 EST Garden almost put to bed for the winter Worked for over three hours in the garden Weeding, planting, mulching and covering. Also cut down a 14+ foot lilac in a clump near the house. <BR> It had started to lean on the siding so down it came. <BR> Will mow one more time if weather cooperates. If not oh well. <BR> Sleep well. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 23:34:21 EST CSA Farm next to last pick up Today was the next to last pick up for the summer share. <BR> I will miss the fresh organic veggies. <BR> Guess I have to agree that there wasn't a scrap of summer left today. <BR> We had rain last night which changed over to snow this morning, back to rain mixed with snow, then rain then a brief period of sun and then granular snow. <BR> The wind was sooooo cold. <BR> Definitely not accumulated to winter yet. Snow had not stuck on the ground at our house, but it had in some places we d... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 22:24:10 EST Rain, clouds, cold no yard/garden work today This morning hubby had first half of a stress test. We go back tomorrow for the last part. <BR> When the first part was done today I dropped him of for hair and beard trim and ran to the recycling center. Picked him up went to 2 stores and pharmacy and dropped him off at sisters. Went to fitness center and have a good work out. ARC trainer, VMX, and recumbent stepper. <BR> Now home and supper is done laundry ready to come out of the dryer and I am ready for a nap. <BR> Hope you day was... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:03:14 EST Yard and garden closer to being done. Mixed dirt, peat moss, and vermiculite into some of the beds to fill them up higher. They really needed it and if I have time I will do some more. <BR> Mulch around flowers pulled last of our carrots, harvested our very small potato crop -about a quart- and pulled onions. <BR> Tomorrow will take hubby for stress test part one. If it is not raining I will try to get out and get some more done. <BR> Sad to see the garden so empty but if things go well with this prep work it should come back... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:58:02 EST exercising my right and responsibility to vote today We were able to sleep late today and after breakfast we went to vote. <BR> I feel very strongly that I must. A lot of women went through some brutal reactions when they demonstrated and protested not being able to vote. <BR> I have been inspired by their courage and my participation is also in their honor. <BR> When we got back I continued to work on cleaning and organizing one of our two garages so the car will be able to be parked inside during the winter. <BR> Tried it out and needed to m... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 21:28:00 EST BLC 26 Super Hero Power We have been asked to tell of a time when we used superhero powers physical or mental. <em>531</em> <BR> So I have been scrambling to figure out what to write. <BR> I think one of the hardest things that I did was speaking at my mother's funeral. <BR> I spoke of what she meant to me and also of how each of my sisters held a special place in her heart. I was able to do so without breaking down and I think I helped each of them know that each one of us was the favorite daughter for our own... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:03:43 EST cooking for the week Today I cooked large amounts of the farm veggies into two casseroles -broccoli and cheese using coconut milk- mixed veggies with chicken breast and canned tomatoes -fresh peppers, tomatilas, tomatoes fresh, onion, and garlic. <BR> Baked chicken breasts in 4 different pans with a different marinade flavor for each. Have the fresh lettuce washed and in hydrator for salads. <BR> Did Brussels sprouts yesterday. We should be able to put a meal on the table quickly . Also finished the mystery ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 23:00:23 EST Rainy and dark today <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Did veggie prep and cooking and read most of a cozy mystery. <BR> Good day to be inside. <em>203</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:54:30 EST Dare to Lose over till next year We did the final weigh in and post testing. <BR> Lost a total of 8.8 pounds <BR> Improved on all the the post test except 500 meter row. I was one second slower. <BR> Feels good. Now for the last weeks of the Biggest Loser challenge 26. <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:51:39 EST Spent some time at Cass Park After working out I went to Cass Park and took some photos. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:58:38 EST ultra sound Although it didn't show the lump, the mammogram clearly does. Next step is exam by cancer surgeon. What ever it is it was not seen last year so hopefully it is benign or we have caught it very early. <BR> Here are some pictures from our beautiful sunny and warm day yesterday. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="h... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:32:20 EST Busy Tuesday Was able to seep in this morning. <em>102</em> <BR> Put away laundry. Loaded boxes to go to the Salvation Army. <BR> In town left things at SA on to eye appointment, take hubby to his sisters, <BR> have lunch at Cass Park Marina, take pictures, and go to fitness center. I did 52 min of cardio before the 90 min Dare to Lose workout. They did the post measurements and Friday we will do the post tests and final weigh in. <BR> Tomorrow I have the follow up ultra sound on my breast. My mam... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:00:19 EST Clean clean clean that garage After I washed and hung out the laundry I started cleaning and rearranging the garage. With winter coming -think snow, ice and wind- being able to park the car in the garage sounds good. Not finished but moved a lot of big items around and swept and swept and swept. Also took the the broom to the cobwebs. <BR> Finished mowing the yard and almost finished weeding one of the front flower beds. <BR> Still sooooo much to get done before the ground freezes and it is too cold to work outside.... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:05:22 EST Good cardio workout today 30 min. on the treadmill <em>315</em> <BR> 10 on the VMX rope trainer <BR> 40 min on the recumbent stepper <em>314</em> <BR> 23 min on the ARC Trainer <BR> and 30 min walking in the pool <BR> This is the final week of Dare to Lose and I want a good weigh in on Friday. <BR> Hope everyone has had a good weekend and ready to start a new week. <em>381</em> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:58:45 EST Busy fun Saturday Happy Saturday Evening <BR> Mowed on the rider till it started sputtering. Running out of gas. Managed to get back to the garage. Did not have to push it across the yard. emoticon <BR> We took our grand niece to get a pumpkin for Halloween and I started to clean and organize the garage so the car will fit in there when the snow comes. <BR> Was trying to hang my bike on the hook that is on the rafters when it slipped and clipped me on the nose. That ended the garage work. Sporting a band a... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:34:43 EST Breast cancer month Sparkers be sure to take good care of yourselves on the journey to better health. <BR> Have you had your mammogram for the year or the other <em>2</em> exam if you are age appropriate. <BR> Men you have your own set of check ups for cancer. So this advice to do the appropriate checks goes for you also. <BR> Stay well and journey on. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:46:27 EST Endoscopy this morning I had my Endoscopy this morning and the rest of the day has been sleeping and I will soon be going back to bed. Totally tired. <BR> Hope everyone had a good day. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:50:48 EST LCW Last chance workout 90 min Arc trainer and 90 min. Dare to Lose workout with trainer. Very tired. Endoscopy tomorrow morning. Will be a rest day. Hope all have had a great day. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:41:36 EST more garden work Finished pulling roots from the Russian Sage. Now have a small area of it and know to police that area a lot. Planted hosta, and several other plants that have been waiting a long time to be back in the ground. Took in more yard and garden decorations and two of the table umbrellas. Still a lot to do, but think if we get some warm dry days I can get it finished. Or at least close to it. <BR> Had a wonderful long chat with my daughter tonight. Yesterday was her birthday and I so enjoyed t... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:55 EST