MIMMICA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIMMICA MIMMICA'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/ Wednesday is dancing day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935171 It's true! I'm going dancing tonight. I can hardly wait! <BR> <BR> Walked Zeus this morning, then walked to work. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling really good about a lot of things right now. I'm waiting to hear from an old colleague about a possible move to where she is working now. If all goes as it should, I'll be working with her by the end of June. I'll be working in the same building, but for a different branch within the department. <BR> <BR> I'm also feeling good about the progress I'... Wed, 27 May 2015 13:13:21 EST Terrific Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934769 My day started off great with a walk with Zeus early this morning. <BR> <BR> I decided to take the motorcycle to work, and ended up going through a stop sign (no idea why, I've never done that before), and I got a $162.00 fine. So much for a clean driving record. UGH. <BR> <BR> Had a short day at the office, then was off to French class for the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Had a good dinner, and then off with Zeus to the Island, where he ran for what was probably an hour with other dogs. He i... Tue, 26 May 2015 20:46:55 EST What a fabulous weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934014 Well, the title of my blog says it all. <BR> <BR> Friday evening started the weekend off with a trip with Zeus to the new dog park, where he ran with other dogs until he was exhausted. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning, we took him to the pit, where he met up with plenty of other dogs, 15 or so were fellow danes. We had a pretty walk through the woods, and the dogs enjoyed running and playing. <BR> <BR> The afternoon was spent picking up garden supplies. I decided to plant sod, so we picked s... Mon, 25 May 2015 14:05:20 EST Finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932555 We had a civic holiday here on Monday, it was nice to have the day off. For some reason, the rest of the days of this week seemed like they had extra hours in them. It's been a long, long, week. I'm glad that it's Friday. <BR> <BR> Had a fantastic day yesterday. Brought Zeus to the dog park we discovered on Monday, and he was overjoyed! <BR> <BR> A colleague of mine asked me if I would make some minions out of fondant for cupcakes that she was making for her son's fifth birthday, so thi... Fri, 22 May 2015 13:10:33 EST Feeling fine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932014 Wednesday was a great day for cardio for me. I walked the dog before and after work. I walked to and from the office, and I did extra walking within the office, all that, plus a night out dancing. What a blast! <BR> <BR> This morning, I'm feeling great, but I'm feeling a bit tired from getting to bed later than usual. <BR> <BR> Managed to get Zeus out for a walk this morning, but I took the bus to work. We'll have our walk this evening, so I'm not too worried about missing the walk to ... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:22:21 EST Zeus the Snorer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931256 <BR> <BR> The boy snores like this all the time. Almost a year since I got him, and I still think it's funny that he can be so loud. <BR> <BR> Wednesday's selfie (taken after I got home from dancing all night): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd31a486-c5db-4fb1-baea-59fe20d0106f.jpg"> Wed, 20 May 2015 08:34:00 EST Working on making it work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930998 Great day today. <BR> <BR> Took Zeus out for a walk early this morning, and then walked to work. Reached my 6k steps early in the day, and then went for another walk with Zeus after dinner. Tracked over 14k steps. <BR> <BR> Feeling great. <BR> <BR> Will post some pictures from Monday\s walk later this week. <BR> <BR> For now, just a picture of Zeus being grumpy because I was going to work... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79d502b5-c4ab-40ed-a51f-2900d88799b... Tue, 19 May 2015 20:18:17 EST Beating down the boomerang pounds... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930018 I guess I've been doing things right this past week, I'm down 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> I've managed to boost the amount of water that I am drinking, from none to two cups, to 8 cups. I think that, plus keeping as close to the recommended food limits, and all the extra walking and cardio are how I managed to drop so many pounds this week. <BR> <BR> Five boomerang pounds gone. <BR> <BR> I'll save my celebration for when ALL the boomerang pounds are finally out of my life. <BR> <BR> Zeus and... Mon, 18 May 2015 08:19:25 EST Another busy day, feeling satisfied... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929824 Started off the day with a walk along the river with Zeus, then did some work in the garden to prepare it for planting later this week. <BR> <BR> Feeling great, feeling like I accomplished a lot this weekend... and there's still tomorrow, a holiday, to get more done. <BR> <BR> After dinner Zeus and I headed out for another shorter walk. We tracked 3.1 miles today. Met my steps goal, ate within my limits, and drank all my water. YAY. <BR> <BR> Some photos from today's walk. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 17 May 2015 21:16:17 EST Busy Day -- Cleaning, Laundry and a Fantastic Walk with Zeus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929279 It was a great day. <BR> <BR> I woke up way too early for a weekend, which turned out to be a good thing. Had a good breakfast, cleaned the whole house, did all the laundry. It took most of the day to get it all done. Zeus and I had a wee nap, and then at around 6 p.m. we headed out for a walk. I decided to bring my camera with me, and I managed to get some pictures along the way. <BR> <BR> Our walk lasted nearly 90 minutes -- 9,084 steps, 3.4 miles. We stopped frequently so I coul... Sat, 16 May 2015 20:27:19 EST Early start to my Friday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928550 I slept in… not really, I was awake, but I stayed snuggled up with Zeus instead of getting out of bed and getting my bootcamp workout done. Does this count as an excuse? I still have all evening to get the workout done, and as long as I do it, I think I’m ok. <BR> <BR> When I finally did get out of bed, I had a good breakfast, I checked my emails, did a minimal amount of Sparking, and then got ready for work. I made it to the office 10 minutes earlier than I was expected. I am filli... Fri, 15 May 2015 09:42:21 EST Happy Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928177 We had a wonderful time dancing last night, but left earlier than usual because we were both tired. Got home, zonked out almost immediately, and had a really good night’s sleep. <BR> <BR> I slept in, but had plenty of time to have breakfast and get ready for work. I didn’t have enough time for a bootcamp workout. I walked to work this morning, and will be taking Zeus for a nice long walk tonight. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning, no excuses, I will start the bootcamp workouts, which I am... Thu, 14 May 2015 16:01:20 EST The Results are In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927532 When I arrived at the office today, the result for my French exam was in one of my emails. I was thrilled to see that I got the grade that I needed. YAY ME! I have one more exam (the oral interaction exam), which is scheduled to take place in August, so I need to get started on studying for this now, since it’s the most difficult of the three exams. (I had taken the first exam in October and I got the required grade at that time.) <BR> <BR> I did not get in a bootcamp workout this morn... Wed, 13 May 2015 12:56:57 EST And now I wait for the exam results... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926985 I’ve done my exam, now it’s a matter of waiting 2 to 14 days to get my results. I thought the exam was fairly easy, but there were a few questions that I had some trouble with. No point in fretting about it, it’s done now, and all I can do is wait. <BR> <BR> I spent the morning studying, so I didn’t get in my bootcamp cardio workout. I’ll just have to do it after dinner. <BR> <BR> Last night, I was short 300 steps to meet my 6k for the day, so I went down and did a 20 minut... Tue, 12 May 2015 13:38:26 EST French Exam this Morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926854 I know I can do this. I have all the information I need to succeed. <BR> <BR> Now, I just need to do this. <BR> <BR> I've decided that I am going to be more confident in everything that I do from now on. No more doubting myself, no more 'if' -- I CAN. I WILL. I AM. <BR> <BR> That's it, that's all, no more second guessing myself, no more worrying about things. <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do. The information I need is in my head, and I'm ready to unleash it from the boxes that I'v... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:49:14 EST Monday, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926340 This morning, I managed to get out of bed and get in a 12 minute low-impact cardio workout. I used a video that was on the Spark site, however it wasn’t a SP video. To be honest, the video/workout was not to my liking. About 6 minutes in, the video froze and then went back to the start (and I was nowhere near the laptop) and I had to find the spot where it left off while I stood walking in place. I guess it didn’t feel intense enough for me. <BR> <BR> I think I’ll need to look for... Mon, 11 May 2015 11:53:33 EST Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926158 It was a nice sunny day on Saturday, and we took Zeus to the big dog park. We had a great walk through the woods, and Zeus was zonked from playing with all the other danes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1419452705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That picture only shows a few of them... there were another half dozen running around. <BR> <BR> Zeus taking a rest. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071872387.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Forgot to take a selfie... Mon, 11 May 2015 06:17:38 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924803 I’m back at work today. I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, got ready, walked to the office, and enjoyed the glorious sunshine. It’s 11:30 now, and I feel like I’ve run out of steam. <BR> <BR> I am just getting around to my water, of which I have had none yet today. I’m sure I’ll feel a boost as soon as I get some liquid in me. <BR> <BR> I’m looking forward to the weekend, which will be jam packed with studying for my French exam, planning the layout of my back yard, ... Fri, 8 May 2015 11:49:11 EST Late start to the day, but got all my steps in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924528 Had a really good time dancing last night. I always get a real boost from dancing, it's a real pick-me up. <BR> <BR> Had a slow start to the day, did no walking at all until after dinner. Didn't do too well with the food and water... too much food, not enough water. Ugh. Tomorrow is a new day, and I'll do better. <BR> <BR> Took the dog for a slow walk that lasted 40 minutes and racked up just a little under 4100 steps. My goal for each day is 6000 steps, so I hopped on the treadmill f... Thu, 7 May 2015 23:02:59 EST Happy Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923664 Going dancing tonight. Really looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> I'll be spending this afternoon, and the next four days studying for a French Language exam that I am taking on Tuesday next week. <BR> <BR> I need to get a specific grade on the exam for my work, so studying will be the only priority for me for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Here's today's selfie: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1464440607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Life is GOOD! Wed, 6 May 2015 11:47:34 EST The Mighty Zeus... or... Geeez I Love My Dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923367 This is my boy Zeus. I fostered him for two weeks last year at the end of July, and ended up adopting him. They told me he was three years old, but I think they over estimated his age by a year. He's a pure bred Great Dane, but he's actually small for his breed, which is likely due to neglect and not being fed properly as a pup. <BR> <BR> It took some time, but he came around and finally started acting like he knew he was home. I worked with a trainer who told me that a lot of the behavi... Tue, 5 May 2015 23:06:55 EST Making changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923062 I managed to get in all 8 cups of water yesterday, I got in my 6k+ steps, and I ate within the limits for the day. Good for me. <BR> <BR> Day one of my renewed commitment was a success. <BR> <BR> I wake up at 5:10 every morning, but most days, I end up staying snuggled up in bed with my Zeuster, who is more than happy to cuddle up and snore away with me until it’s time to get ready to go to work. <BR> <BR> I think my challenge for this week is to finally get out of bed and do somethin... Tue, 5 May 2015 12:24:58 EST Here we go again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922485 Well, my last blog (on April 6) was about my boomerang pounds, and here I am, carrying around the very things that I have been trying to banish for good. <BR> <BR> The past month has been a yo-yo of emotions and pretty much non-stop eating. <BR> <BR> I have noticed a pattern. It’s a pattern of self-sabotage that I need to fix. Every time I start doing well, and declare that I am winning, within a few days I am down and out and off the path again. <BR> <BR> I’m fed up – with myse... Mon, 4 May 2015 13:57:40 EST Working on those boomerang pounds... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906239 I'm down 2 lbs this week. Happy about that! <BR> <BR> That brings me to 245.5 lbs. Only six more boomerang pounds to drop. <BR> <BR> When I'm below 239, I'll be working on old, settled-in pounds that I haven't touched in a long, long, long time. They're the ones that I haven't dropped and regained over and over again. <BR> <BR> I think I'm progressing at a pretty good rate, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the "old" pounds disappear, because it will mean that I will have fin... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:16:09 EST Cake time... again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903009 I’m going to be baking again this evening after work – cake and cookies. My boss is leaving on April 10, and we’re having his going away party tomorrow, as he will be bogged down with last minute work in the days leading up to his departure. <BR> <BR> Originally, I hadn’t planned on making a cake, just baking some cookies, but today I realized that I need to make the cake. I’ve made several cakes for other people who have left, and I think he would notice if I didn’t make one f... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:09:52 EST Goodriddance to Boomerang Pounds!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902297 Official weigh-in today: 248.8 lbs. That’s 3.4 lbs down. I am pleased. <BR> <BR> Getting the Spark People Activity Tracker last week has really made a difference for me. It helps me to stay on track. I am excited about getting healthy again. I am making better food choices. I am eating smaller portions. I am taking walks!! <BR> <BR> I needed something to spark me up again, and the tracker seems to be doing the job. <BR> <BR> I’ve gained and dropped what I call “boomerang p... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:20:51 EST Tracking on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901858 Yesterday was a lazy day for me. I offered to help a friend, who is moving in three weeks, and he brought me a bin full of dvds, cds and games and asked me if I could sort through them all and match them with their boxes. It took about three hours, and he was pleased with how I got them all organized for easy access. <BR> <BR> I didn't go out for a walk with Zeus, so my activity tracker only had a little over 2200 steps on it. I'm not too bothered by it, I did go over 10,000 steps the day... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:18:58 EST Mission Accomplished! I Resisted and Won!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900841 I woke up this morning, peeked out the window and saw snow. YUCK! <BR> <BR> After packing up the cake I made and sending my friend on his way, I did some tidying up in my kitchen. I had two good sized pieces of cake left. I put the two large pieces into a ziplock bag, folded it up, and was trying to decide on the best strategy to use to I store it -- freezer would mean I would have to thaw it before eating it; fridge meant I would have easy access. <BR> <BR> I know myself, once I start ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:36:45 EST Feeling the Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899577 Isn’t it a funny thing – you can strive for days, weeks, months, even years to find inspiration and motivation, and suddenly, out of nowhere, you find the spark that you need to get you going. <BR> <BR> Here are a few things that have happened recently that have helped to keep me motivated and inspired. <BR> <BR> My buddy: <BR> <BR> • A few weeks ago, I asked a colleague to be my ‘buddy’ and explained to her (Christine) that I was tired of doing this up and down thing with m... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:07:02 EST Let the Spark Activities begin..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898923 I arrived home yesterday and was delighted to find my new Spark Activity Tracker in my mailbox. YAY! I just couldn’t wait to open it up. I had a quick look at it before I got dinner started. <BR> <BR> After we ate, I read the instructions, set it up, and we were ready to head out for a walk with the dog. <BR> <BR> We walked for 20 minutes. When we got home, I did a sync and was a little disappointed that it only showed that I did 11 minutes of continuous exercise. WHAT? It also indi... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:02:46 EST Bits and pieces of the last week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898275 Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since last Monday. I did manage to post to various teams, but never got around to blogging. <BR> <BR> It was a busy week at the office. <BR> <BR> In terms of my progress, I did manage to get in a lot of walking all week. I also tracked all my food (except for Friday night). I also managed to drink water, although not all 8 cups every day. All this amounted to a 4 lb drop when I weighed in this morning. YAY! <BR> <BR> I spent the weekend mak... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:03:25 EST Weekend cleaning.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894050 I guess I managed to focus this weekend! <BR> <BR> I spent the weekend cleaning my house. <BR> <BR> I moved into the place in September. Since then, it’s been one thing after another, so the place has never really looked finished, or tidy. There has always been something piled somewhere in each room on the main floor – the hallway and foyer included. Mostly ‘stuff’ that I just didn’t get around to finding a place for, or building materials, or tools that I needed to finish working on thi... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:19:43 EST Healthy Habits - Commitments..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892254 Didn’t blog yesterday. <BR> <BR> Didn’t feel like doing much yesterday – I almost skipped sparking yesterday too. I resisted the urge to bail out on myself. I had to remind myself a few times before I actually did it. <BR> <BR> I got around to getting batteries for my scale. Yesterday morning, I weighed myself, immediately changed the batteries on the scale, and then immediately weighed myself again. It looks like I gained 8 lbs in the time it took to change the batteries. UGH. This ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:52:09 EST Time to Set Some New Challenges.... here we go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890898 It's time to try something different to see if I can get myself going, and to stick to my goals. <BR> <BR> I've decided to try Spark's Healthy Habits 30 Day Challenge. Today is day one. I am to write what my goals are -- so here they are: <BR> <BR> - Stay on track with the challenge. <BR> - Drop 10 lbs ... and KEEP them off... in 30 days- <BR> <BR> That's it for now. I will add as I go along. <BR> <BR> I've started a few of these types of challenges on here before, and I have never ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:25:12 EST What is it about weekends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889978 ... I can’t seem to stay on track. <BR> <BR> It could be that I just don’t spend a lot of time online on the weekends, so I don’t track – and I know that when I track my food, I am more conscious about what I eat. <BR> <BR> I was off work on Thursday and Friday – sick. By late Friday evening I was feeling ok, and then by Saturday I was much better. <BR> <BR> Had a good day on Saturday – went with a friend and with the dog to the Rideau Canal and watched the skaters. It was a nice d... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:05:18 EST Working it out... on Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887041 It’s the middle of the week. Yay. <BR> <BR> I woke up early, this morning, but fell asleep again, and didn’t end up getting out of bed until 8:30. Too late to bring the dog for a walk, so we missed that this morning. I did, however, walk to work. <BR> <BR> I’m not sure what’s going on with me. I feel tired all the time. This is something that I’ve noticed a lot in the last few weeks. I’m fine in the morning, feel alert and alive, but as soon as the elevator doors open on my floor at... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:49:35 EST Working it out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886225 So I didn’t do much sparking on the weekend, but I was careful with my food intake. <BR> <BR> It was a pretty busy weekend in terms of getting things done around the house. <BR> <BR> • I put down the baseboards in the powder room; <BR> • I put new flooring down at the top of the basement stairs; <BR> • I moved a bunch of my building materials and tools down to the basement; <BR> • I started pulling up the peel and stick vinyl tiles in the upstairs bathroom; <BR> • I started pulling up ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:49:14 EST I can do this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883749 Back. Again. <BR> <BR> My last blog was Friday, February 13, and I mentioned that I felt myself struggling to stay on track. I knew it was coming, and even fought it for a couple of days, and then I abandoned my plan and that was that for two weeks. <BR> <BR> I have been repeating this on and off thing for way too long now. It’s not working. I recommit and then get thrown off-track by the littlest thing. It’s not working. <BR> <BR> I keep asking myself what the heck is going on with... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:32:59 EST Enough already, when will this cold snap end? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875127 I have had it with the cold weather we've been experiencing in this area. This morning, as I pulled on my extremely warm but extremely heavy winter coat, I realized how much I dislike pulling it on every time I need to go outside. Awful. I wish this cold snap would just end. GEEZ. <BR> <BR> Ok, enough ranting. <BR> <BR> I am still on this slippery edge of going off the path -- actually, I've been overeating like mad. Probably because of the cold -- trying to store the fat to keep war... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:57:04 EST Thursday reflections on Wednesday's activities... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874497 Seems like I have started to veer off track. <BR> <BR> Yesterday wasn't such a good day for water -- I only had three cups, and I started late in the day. <BR> <BR> I was late for work, which means I missed the express bus that picks me up just at the corner near my place, so I walked up to the other bus stop -- an 8 minute walk. I had planned on walking home, but ended up stopping for some bits and pieces and taking the bus. Another 8 minute walk home from the bus stop. <BR> <BR> I ma... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:45:42 EST Tuesday blahs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873129 So I didn't do any real sparking on the weekend. I also did not drink my water. Not so good. I did, however, manage to control my eating, so I ended up 1 lb down for the week. I'm sure a huge part of that is the water that I drank all week. <BR> <BR> Back on track with the water on Monday, plus I added baby step number two -- cardio. I walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes in the morning, and then I walked home, another 18 minutes that I added to the tracker. YAY ME! <BR> <BR> I go... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:27:48 EST Water week ... a success so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870045 Well, managed 7 cups of water yesterday, so that was great! Today's goal is to get all 8 cups in, which I am sure I can achieve. <BR> <BR> Next week's baby step will be to get in 10 minutes of cardio every day -- hopefully the weather will cooperate and I'll be able to walk to, or from, or to and from work every day. <BR> <BR> I feel great! I am going to do this! <BR> <BR> I have been paring down on my groups on Spark. I kept the two photography-related groups in my list. I think I ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:02:08 EST More water... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869398 Well, I managed 6 cups of water yesterday! YAY ME! <BR> <BR> I'm at 3 at the moment, and it's only lunch time, so if I can get to six by end of day, I'll be happy. If I make it higher, it's a bonus! <BR> <BR> Ate more than the recommended amount, but not worrying about food at the moment, because it's water week! Once I have water consumption under control, I'll move on to food intake. <BR> <BR> Didn't walk yesterday -- except for the five minutes on the treadmill first thing in the mor... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 12:58:42 EST Water, water... and water... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868399 Well, I won't say that I was unsuccessful in getting in all the water I should have yesterday, because I got in half of the recommended daily intake, which is better than none, which is what I have been consuming in the past month or so. <BR> <BR> Four cups of water is better than none. <BR> <BR> Today's goal to to meet that four, if I manage to get in more than that, I'm winning! <BR> <BR> It's absolutely freezing out. Last night, with the wind chill, it was -37C. This morning doesn't... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 05:59:53 EST Baby steps -- water time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867978 Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Up and down, up and down, up and down. Can't handle this yo-yo weight any more. Feeling like I need to do something drastic, but I know that the only way to make things work is to start off with baby steps. <BR> <BR> So here's this week's challenge: WATER. Get back on track with my water. <BR> <BR> Ok, now that I've made that comittment, it's time to do some catching up on what I've been up to, which isn't much. Working, coming home, doing some work on the house, ge... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:44:02 EST Happy 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842831 Back again. I lost track of my returns to Sparking a long time ago. No big speech this time about it. though, I'm just going to work as hard as I can to get it done. <BR> <BR> The last few months of 2014 were a mix of busy, tough, and rough. <BR> <BR> Busy, because I moved on September 1st, and there was (and still is) a lot of work that needed to be done to the place I moved to. Tried to get as much done before bringing my stuff over, but there is still a lot to do. <BR> <BR> Tough ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:42:51 EST Happy Days 50 and 51... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751928 Happy day 50, Friday: <BR> <BR> Another day of great moments. The dog is barking less when I leave the house now, I think he finally realizes that I will be coming back. <BR> <BR> Happy day 51, Saturday: <BR> <BR> Had a visit with my sister-in-law, who took some awesome pictures of Zeus. <BR> <BR> Justy also came to visit and to meet Zeus, who instantly took a liking to her. <BR> <BR> Went for a drive with my sister-in-law, picked up some moving boxes that I am borrowing from the offi... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:26:55 EST Happy days: 46, 47, 48 and 49... getting healthy with the help of Zeus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750749 Happy day 46: Monday <BR> <BR> Back to work, came home after lunch to check on the dog. He peed at the back door, but I didn't scold him -- he's in a new environment, and he's still learning. <BR> <BR> Also discovered he's clever. His water bowl is on top of a bucket with a lid that holds his dog kibble. When I left in the morning, the bucket was sitting on the floor leaning against the end of the counter. When I got home from work, the bucket was on its side, leaning on the counter, b... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:52:49 EST Happy Days 44 and 45... Life is good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747759 Happy day 44, Saturday, was an interesting day. <BR> <BR> Started off with a good breakfast for myself and for the dog, and then after a 45 minute wait (as per dog-feeding instructions from the SPCA), we went off for our morning walk. <BR> <BR> First five minutes in, some bimbo woman with her dog off the leash lets her dog charge my dog, and of course, I got stuck in the middle of what could have been a mauling -- her dog attacked my dog. My dog managed to get a grip on her dog's neck,... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:13:06 EST Happy days 43 and 44.... (wo)man's best friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746563 Happy day 43: <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a great day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I picked up Winston from the SPCA, and brought him home. He had the look of wonder in his eyes, a bit worried, and a bit excited at the same time. <BR> <BR> When we approached the front door, he moved ahead of me and put his nose right next to the door handle. He spent about twenty minutes scoping out the house, and then came into the living room where I was sitting, stretched, and then lay down on the long fl... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:30:00 EST