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/ Progress, one step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301476 About 56 days ago, I decided that it was time to start taking care of myself again. <BR> <BR> I tipped the scales at 303 lbs, and was making all kind of excuses as to why and how I managed to get up to that weight. <BR> <BR> The truth is I am the only one responsible. <BR> <BR> Once I stopped playing the blame game, and started taking responsibility for my own well-being, I started making some progress with how I was managing my weight. <BR> <BR> What are the benefits of the decision... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:57:10 EST Sick day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300909 Stayed home from work today - a pounding headache and feeling a bit of nausea. Migraine. Was feeling a bit better by mid-afternoon, and took the dog out for a walk. It was nice and warm outside. Glad I went out. The change in the air made me feel better. <BR> <BR> Here are some pictures I took on the way back. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bb16538-817d-4a10-b2d1-998c47469cbd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f9fd395-45a2-49... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:36:41 EST Busy day -- good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298821 Spent the afternoon running errands, and then met up with some friends for coffee and to catch up. <BR> <BR> Was a great day. I got out of the house, I walked, I made good choices for food, tracked everything, and I am working on drinking my water. <BR> <BR> Picked up my fruits and vegetables for the week, and packed my lunches for four days. I need to make a batch of brownies for my treats, and when they've cooled off, I'll cut them up, pack some for my lunches, and freeze the rest. ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:46:08 EST Fifty one days of empowerment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298124 ... and on day 52, I hit a wall.... <BR> <BR> I hit the "reset" button 53 days ago. In the following 51 days, I did everything right -- the right attitude, the right food, the right movements. I was mindful of what I was eating, I made extra effort to move and walk, I tracked, I self-assured, I used positive reinforcement. I planned, I was present and I made an impact on my own life. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was day 52, and, I consciously made the choice to eat anything and everything that I w... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:31:09 EST Had a great walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c21100db-f3eb-4147-9d1f-f97811f568f5.jpg"> <BR> Just got back from our walk. Zeus was happy to finally get out. Made sure we were both bundled up. Felt great to be out there. Glad we went. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:54:07 EST Things to do this year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293515 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8800f733-a3c8-4baf-94cf-0116adfd7daa.jpg"> Sat, 7 Jan 2017 22:06:00 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292715 Waited most of the day yesterday for the appliance maintenance guy to come fix my washer and do a bit of maintenance on my dryer. <BR> <BR> Glad I was home, I started a winter cold. Runny nose, watery eyes, cough. YUCK. I didn't end up doing any walking or workouts -- was feeling too under the weather. Took some cold medication to get me through the night, and some more again this morning to get me through the work day. <BR> <BR> Enrolled in the Spark Premium Plan so I can get extra h... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:07:07 EST Calm after the rain storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291163 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fffd2ea-7c37-4bb2-9899-486aae829f75.jpg"> <BR> Zeus and I headed out for our morning walk. We had freezing rain all day yesterday. Then we had snow overnight. It was pretty this morning. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:38:27 EST 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288726 This year, I would like to experience good health, wealth, good friendships, and I would like to feel joy every single day. <BR> <BR> Time to get started! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:17:39 EST Taking Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287087 Yesterday was a tough day for me. <BR> <BR> I had a good sized breakfast. When I headed down to the food court to get some lunch (I take late lunches), my go-to places for lunch were either already closed, or had cakes and cookies left on the shelves. It's a slow week for everyone, so I guess they make the minimal amount of sandwiches, etc to cut down on losses. <BR> <BR> I have a small stash of food in a cabinet in my office, so I had some melba toast, some peanut butter and some frui... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:21:17 EST What have I done in the last month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286196 The last 30 or so days have been pretty good. <BR> <BR> I started off, the third week of November, at 302.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> - I made good food choices. <BR> - I walked more frequently every day. <BR> - I had a positive attitude. <BR> - I tracked my food as often as possible. <BR> - I was present every single day. <BR> - I took care of ME. <BR> <BR> So what was the result of all those things that I did right? <BR> <BR> - Weigh-in this morning was 289.5. <BR> <BR> That's a drop of 13 ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:40:45 EST Working, working and working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276876 Last week was an extremely busy and stressful week at the office. Crazy busy. Felt like I was making no progress, but a lot got done. <BR> <BR> I was so tired on Friday when I got home that I did not do much -- a lot of rest and relaxation this past weekend -- I needed it. <BR> <BR> A good thing that I rested too -- today was just as busy as every other day at the office last week. <BR> <BR> Today was the first day in the last two weeks that I felt like I had lost control with my food -... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:18:20 EST Being Present... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272803 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79370936-ba32-49d7-9a1c-f3ea11601309.jpg"> <BR> I decided on Thursday morning that I am going to be positive and present with my life... and so far, it's been a great thing for me. Seeing results already... and a whole week hasn't even gone by yet. Life is good! Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:31:09 EST New (re)-beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271877 The relationship that I've been in for the last three and a half years has been temporarily put on hold -- he's working out of the country for four months. We've had several discussions, and came to the conclusion that we'll decide when he comes back in April if we'll bother to reconnect or not. <BR> <BR> I'm looking at his departure as an opportunity to get my own life back. Not that life in the last 3.5 years has been bad, not at all. It's just that I felt like I was spending all my tim... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:03:34 EST Time for Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271719 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3a312ce-81e9-4fb6-b002-e19d4b1bcc6f.jpg"> <BR> Starting over... again. Hit 303.5 lbs a couple of weeks ago. Time to take care of me. Selfie.... More about my plan later..for now... new start Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:49:56 EST Yikes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161962 Time to smarten up. <BR> <BR> In the past, I avoided the scale when I knew that I wouldn't like what I saw when I stepped up on it. <BR> <BR> Today, I sucked it up and weighed in. I knew before I stepped on the scale that it would be cringe-worthy, and I was right. <BR> <BR> 290.5 <BR> <BR> YIKES! <BR> <BR> I know most of that recent gain is water retention. My choice for dinner was not anywhere near good, and it was loaded with sodium. <BR> <BR> My first thought was "well, since I'm ... Fri, 13 May 2016 06:58:34 EST Thursday's mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161507 I did ok yesterday - managed to achieve everything on my list (except for putting makeup on!). <BR> <BR> I could have done better with the amount of food that I ate -- I made good choices until the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Today's mission: <BR> <BR> To keep working at this: <BR> <BR> - Drink all my water <BR> - Eat well <BR> <BR> Go for a nice walk after dinner with Zeus (we had a short walk this morning). <BR> <BR> That's it for now.. <BR> <BR> One thing I have to remind myself to ... Thu, 12 May 2016 12:45:58 EST Wednesday's Mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160489 Get back on track. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat well <BR> 2. Drink water <BR> 3. Move! <BR> <BR> I can do this. <BR> <BR> Get out of bed earlier, so I have time to..... <BR> <BR> - Go for a longer walk with Zeus <BR> - Put on make up <BR> - Wear something that makes me feel good! <BR> - Wed, 11 May 2016 00:18:15 EST Trekking along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141837 It was a busy morning at the office today. I got fed up and ended up having a brief outburst to vent my frustration with 'procedures' at the office -- tired of asking for specific instruction/direction/details, and getting vague responses, and the results are people having to re-do the work they spent hours rushing to finish in order to meet deadlines. Hopefully something will be done to 'fix' things. <BR> <BR> Got a haircut at lunch time. Happy with my new do (will post a selfie tomorro... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:08:14 EST CIrcling back around from somewhere I want to leave... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119099 Here we go again. Weigh-in yesterday was 285 lbs. That's only three pounds less than what I weighed when I first started here on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Not a surprise. <BR> <BR> I have lost and gained weight over the years. The cycle is always the same. I neglect myself for long periods of time, usually because of what I believe to be some form of depression. I'll stay in that state of mind for months, sometimes years, until one day, I wake up feeling fresh and alive. <BR> <BR> That... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:42:02 EST Oh Mother Nature - we have been on such good terms until now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018182 I managed to stop myself from "eating everything in sight" last time I Sparked, on October 8, but not for long. <BR> <BR> I was expecting to start my TOM, about the same time that I last posted, but it still hasn't made an appearance - this could be due to one of the following reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. I am stressed out. (Not at all, actually!) <BR> 2. I am pregnant. (Immaculate conception?) <BR> 3. I am in perimenopause. (Awwwwwww geeeeeez!) <BR> <BR> I have been keeping track of m... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:04:09 EST 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