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/ Day one and a half... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008214 I know, day one and a half seems odd... but the title is appropriate, considering my decision to make changes happened mid-day yesterday. It was a good day, and it ended well. I stayed within my range for my food, drank some of my water, and I didn't waver in any way <BR> <BR> I am proud of the choices that I made today. I had a good breakfast again, I brought a healthy salad and fruit for my lunch, I walked the dog before and after work, and I had a good healthy dinner. I even managed ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 20:44:48 EST I had an epiphany today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007557 August 17th was my last officially tracked weigh-in. <BR> <BR> August 20th was my last blog. <BR> <BR> August 21st was the last time I tracked food. <BR> <BR> I did manage to keep up with walking every morning, with the dog, but the walks went from 50 minutes to 25. Sadly, I cut out the evening walks with Zeus (we drove to the dog park instead). <BR> <BR> I avoided the scale for weeks after that last weigh-in in August, knowing that the numbers were going to be higher. When I finall... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 16:53:48 EST Holy slow days at the office.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981568 It's been so slow at the office since they announced the federal election here in Canada. <BR> <BR> I went from processing 50 files a day, to the grand number of TWO today. OUCH. Makes for very long, slow, boring days. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to keep myself busy with other bits of work, but there's just not enough to keep me busy all day. It's 2:40 right now, and I work until 5:30. I have no idea how I am going to fill the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Went to see a concert last ni... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:46:23 EST Slow but steady day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977491 It was a slow but steady day at the office today. I go I got a lot of work done and I had time to rest between files. Didn't realize that I didn't have lunch until all the places Little shops in the mall were close little shops in the mall were closed. After work I went to buy new bed sheets and then went home, picked up the dog and took him to the dog park. Late dinner. Just got home, going to get to bed soon. Life is good. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:11:41 EST I am a Sabateur! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972611 It's true! <BR> <BR> I had a great day on Monday. Made a new commitment to myself to stay on track. Drank all my water, did my cardio, ate well, and then at about 3 in the afternoon, I was craving "something" -- nothing specific, just "something". I have single serving packets of Melba Toast, peanut butter and jams in my drawer. I had one pack of the toast with raspberry jam, and was happy with myself for not going down to the little shop to get something less healthy. <BR> <BR> Ate... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:11:11 EST Update on my last two weeks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971470 The good news is that I've been making sure to do my Sparking every day -- logging in, tracking food, exercise, and doing the minimal posting when I could. I've neglected to blog. <BR> <BR> So, since July 23, a lot has happened -- the biggest, of course, is that I changed jobs on July 27th. A good change for me. It's busy, and the days just seem to fly by. Of course, with the election being called this last weekend, it's going to be slower -- just until October 19th - election day (and m... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 14:26:31 EST Great week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965642 I finally got around to moving everything into place in my "gym" room in the basement. <BR> <BR> I bought some rubber puzzle mats and made a nice surface to do my workouts, on, I moved the treadmill to a spot that was more convenient, and I picked up some small hand weights. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was day one of my morning workout. I did a 30 minute cardio boogie video, and then headed out for my usual walk with the dog. <BR> <BR> This morning, I did a 10 minute SparkPeople bootcamp video, ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:02:54 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963238 I was sad to leave the office on Friday evening -- Monday I will be at my old job for the week, and to be honest, I just want to be done with it, and move on to my new work. <BR> <BR> Met some old colleagues after work and had dinner, and walked home in the rain afterwards. No walk with the dog, it rained all evening, so I played with him in the basement, and then we settled in for the night and I watched movies. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning I watched another movie and then went down to the ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:30:19 EST Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962099 So much for trying to post in here every day. <BR> <BR> It's been so busy for me this last week, I just haven't had the time to sit and blog. I have managed to get my basic sparking done, which is good. <BR> <BR> I'm still working on getting in a full 8 cups of water. I'm up to four now. I am having trouble with this one small goal, and I need to reach it, and get past it quickly. <BR> <BR> I've been training at my new job all week. It's been great. I am looking forward to it gettin... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:00:31 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960509 It was a busy weekend. <BR> <BR> I managed the basic sparking, but didn't post anything. <BR> <BR> Zeus and I got out for our daily walks, and visited the dog park, which is probably why I managed to keep the damage from a pigorama that I had on Saturday and Sunday to a minimum. Only two boomerang pounds made their way back, and I was able to immediately banish one of them. Second one will be gone soon. <BR> <BR> Started my training at my new job yesterday. I'm really looking forwar... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:45:34 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958335 Almost didn't get around to blogging today. <BR> <BR> Biggest thing that happened today was that I lost my tracker.... searched for it, and ended up finding it. YAY! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is going to be a busy day -- I'll have to get as much done as possible, as I'll be working in my new office next week -- training. I realized today how much I still have left to do. I may have to go in on the weekend to take care of some things -- it'll be easier to work without interruptions. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 22:42:50 EST Wednesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957903 Yesterday was a busy day at the office. <BR> <BR> I started off my day with an hour long walk with Zeus in the morning. I went to work, where I got a lot done. I'm still working on cleaning things up. Got home from the office, made dinner, ate, and then off to the dog park. By the time we got home I was zonked. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's selfie: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27091951-ba37-4c45-a9d6-1759b65f9362.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been cutting out our evening ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 06:38:34 EST Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957347 Every day, I log into this site and I do my sparking. I intend to write a blog, but I always put it off to 'later in the day'. Lately I've been not getting around to it. <BR> <BR> I am going to commit to doing this every day, for myself. <BR> <BR> Sunday was a busy day -- I got most of the work done in my basement. All that's left to do is to move the desk from the front room to the back room -- but I need to take it apart first - this is on my to-do list for this weekend. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 06:46:53 EST The Bad, the Good and the... selfies.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955391 Wasn't feeling well again yesterday. Ended up staying home from the office. Took some Gravol to settle my stomach, slept most of the sunny day away. When I woke up, mid-afternoon, I took some Imodium to take care of business. <BR> <BR> Was feeling better by evening, and even managed a walk with Zeus (and to get my 6k steps in). Felt well enough after the walk to actually eat solid food. My empty stomach as been refuelled. Was an early night, and slept like a rock. <BR> <BR> Friday's ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 12:18:01 EST Happy Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954489 Belated Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! <BR> <BR> Didn't get around to blogging on Tuesday. The plan was to do that when I got home, but by the time I changed, cooked dinner, went to the dog park and then did groceries, it was late and I was tired. <BR> <BR> Tuesday's selfie: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2e12317-a822-4308-b277-10863b719986.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wednesday was Canada Day, and we had planned on walking to Parliament Hill to watch the show a... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:24:33 EST Monday, Oh Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952724 To start off, I'm happy that I managed to ditch another two boomerang pounds this past week. Staying close to the daily food intake limits worked well. <BR> <BR> The weekend was busy. Spent Saturday morning at the dog park with Zeus, who was happy as can be to run around with his dog friends. Rushed home so I could go to my brother's house for a birthday party for his 2 year old grandson. Made sure to make good choices for my food. Spent the evening relaxing after a walk with the dog. <B... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:25:23 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951352 I realized this morning that I should start working towards cleaning out my office and getting things ready to move to my new space on the 5th floor... which will probably (if all gets approved) happen in two to three weeks. <BR> <BR> I have accumulated so much "stuff' at the office, and after a chat with a colleague, have decided to ditch most of it and, as he told me, 'start fresh' in the new office. It's an excellent idea. <BR> <BR> On Monday, I'm going to start -- and will work on one ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:09:43 EST Back at the office after a week's vacation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950841 It's been a slow, slow, slow morning at the office. I'm struggling to stay awake, and it's only 12:30! Hopefully things will move faster this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a great day. Zeus and I went for a 4.2 mile walk. We went to the Byward Market in Ottawa, and after doing some window shopping, came home via a path behind the Parliament buildings. <BR> <BR> Pictures from our walk: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6dc5cd14-9c1c-4835-9025-d049cec40b73.... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:45:13 EST Week's Update... (Has it really been a week since I've blogged?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949683 Geez. I was on a roll there, blogging daily, and then I got busy. <BR> <BR> My week in review: <BR> <BR> Wednesday was a good day. Went to the grocery store before work to pick up the food we needed for the staff party scheduled for the next afternoon. Did some work when I got to the office, and then spent the afternoon cutting up veggies and meats and making platters for the party. Spent the evening making egg salad sandwiches, coleslaw and chicken salad for the party. <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:24:18 EST It's only Tuesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945930 Working two short work weeks back to back makes a full work week feel like an eternity. <BR> <BR> It's raining this morning. Rain is great, I'm happy that it's raining because it means I won't have to water my new garden and lawn. The dog, on the other hand, is not fond of the rain. I am sitting here trying to decide if I should try to take him out for his morning walk, even though it's pouring out. He needs his walk, but he dislikes the rain. He's such a diva. <BR> <BR> So on Sunday... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:17:33 EST Sunday's adventures.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945283 Took Zeus for a nice long walk to the dog park on Sunday afternoon. We were gone for nearly three hours. He had a blast at the park, but he ended up with a small cut on his thigh. Cleaned the wound with some fresh water, and when we got home I put peroxide on it, wiped it dry and am keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get infected. <BR> <BR> Spotted this heron on the riverbank when we were walking home. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1626b5f3-2a52-4... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:37:29 EST Catching up with the blogging... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944663 I had every intention to blog these last few days, but just never got around to it. <BR> <BR> I took Thursday and Friday off as vacation days, so I could work on my small front garden, but the weather did not cooperate. Instead, I watched movies and hung out with Zeus, who was perfectly happy to spend time with me. We even managed to get some good walks in when the weather cleared up. <BR> <BR> It was finally nice today, so after our morning walk, I hooked Zeus up to a long leash, and put... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 22:34:08 EST Wednesday, My Friday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942951 Happy that I have the next two days off from work -- vacation days. I'll be working on my front yard tomorrow, and do my house chores on Friday -- the rest of the weekend will be spent doing nothing but hanging out with Zeus -- we'll definitely walk to the dog park, but we'll go out walking on some new adventures too. Maybe I'll watch some movies, or I'll find a new TV series to watch and have a marathon tv weekend. <BR> <BR> My front yard, (before)! (Zeus is in the door window!) <BR> ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:52:23 EST Battle with the Scale... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941794 Back at work today after an extended weekend. <BR> <BR> Have been off the rails with food all weekend, and didn't bother to drink water, so today is the day that I get busy and get back on track. <BR> <BR> Last week, I had a conversation with my friend regarding weight and the scale. Early in the morning, he saw me weigh myself and then utter a few choice cuss words at the scale as I stepped off. Later in the day, we had the following conversation: <BR> <BR> Him: You know, you look like... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 13:16:17 EST Early Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941043 I woke up way too early this morning. Actually, I woke up at my usual time, but today, I got out of bed instead of lazily dozing off and on. <BR> <BR> It's been a busy few days for me. <BR> <BR> I was off work on Friday, and had planned on working on the front garden. I needed to go buy some black earth, and put it off because it looked like it was going to rain (I was travelling by motorcycle, and rain is not fun to ride through). By early afternoon, I ended up just going and getting ... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 07:15:30 EST Something's up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939910 I booked today and Friday off as vacation days. <BR> <BR> The plan this morning was to head out to pick up a new copy of my diploma. The original was lost in a basement flood in 1995, and I need a copy of it for the new job I'm going to move to. <BR> <BR> I woke up feeling dizzy and disoriented. Thought maybe it was because I needed some breakfast. (No, I did not drink last night when I was out dancing -- which was a blast!) <BR> <BR> Had breakfast, felt better, and took Zeus out for a ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 22:53:30 EST Dance, dance, dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939085 It's Wednesday, which means it's dancing night! YAY! <BR> <BR> The day is shaping up to be a good one. Started off with a walk with the dog this morning, then I walked to work. <BR> <BR> We'll bring the dog to the island to play with his dog friends this evening after dinner, and then we're off to go dancing for a couple of hours. I love my dancing nights! <BR> <BR> I took Thursday and Friday off as vacation days. I plan on working on my front yard garden tomorrow or Friday, dependi... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 13:22:20 EST Sick day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938543 Stayed home today, another headache. Starting to think it's time to get this checked. <BR> <BR> Haven't done anything except sleep and watch a movie. Zeus is happy that I'm home with him. <BR> <BR> I need to get up and get moving, and get my blood circulating. <BR> <BR> Nothing much else to say today. <BR> <BR> The selfie I even look sick): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b69070e1-8fc5-42d9-8f61-d11b47e0b4bf.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:37:57 EST Happy Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937856 Sunday was a productive day. I managed to get my back yard in order, and my gardening done. Removed some stone pavers from the edges along the fences, and used the stone dust to fix the pavers that had sunk on the deck. My back yard looks all prim and proper now. It's pretty. <BR> <BR> When I was done working in the yard, I took Zeus for a walk, which made him very happy. <BR> <BR> This coming weekend, I'll spend working on the small patch in the front. I have to pick up some perennials... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:40:27 EST Thorny day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936952 Life is good! <BR> <BR> Just got back from a walk with Zeus. Was planning on going earlier this afternoon, except we had a thunderstorm. It passed quickly, but the rain kept pouring down until just a little while ago. We actually got sprinkled on when we were walking. <BR> <BR> Spent three hours this morning trimming 12 rose bushes. Three of the bushes had trees growing in them. I had a heck of a time getting those trees out, but in the end it was worth it. The rose bushes look nice a... Sat, 30 May 2015 20:36:59 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936486 Didn't get a chance to blog yesterday. Was feeling a bit off, and then the end of the day arrived quickly. <BR> <BR> Today I stayed home to do some baking for a fundraiser that's taking place tomorrow. I baked banana bread, lemon cranberry loaf, buttertart pecan squares and peanut butter squares. Hopefully they'll be a hit tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I ate way too much sodium today, but drank all my water plus more. <BR> <BR> Took the rest of the day to rest and then after dinner Zeus and I wa... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:20:23 EST 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