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/ 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 Happy Days 39, 40, 41 and today, 42... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744931 So I’ve been slacking when it comes to blogging. <BR> <BR> Here’s how my week has been so far: <BR> <BR> Happy Day 39, Sunday: <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I spent the morning relaxing. I slept in, after an amazing night’s sleep thanks to the hike on Saturday, then I made breakfast, and watched a movie. Realized how late it was and rushed to get out of the house to meet my crochet friends. Went for a ride on my motorcycle afterwards, and then headed over to my middle son’s new apartment to ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:45:34 EST Happy Days 36, 37, and today, 38, with pictures from a hike... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742273 Happy Day 36, Thursday: <BR> <BR> Was glad that I got the day off. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Went dancing the night before and had a fantastic time. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Baked a whole pile of stuff for the United Way fundraiser at work. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Proud of myself for only trying ONE piece of one of the eight different items that I baked! <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Day 37, Friday: <BR> <BR> Back to work again, delivered the goodies for the bake sale, which ended up taking in... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:58:43 EST Happy Day 35 ... back to the office... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740067 Back to work today. I’ve been off since Friday afternoon, had a great two days off. Woke up at my usual time, and actually got out of bed right away instead of lounging about for two hours. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Did some toning exercises, did some sparking, checked email and then had breakfast. Had a brisk walk to the office, 19 minutes, and sat down at my desk. <BR> <BR> I had to remind myself that I am working on being complaint-free, but I just couldn’t help myself a... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:16:49 EST Happy Days - 32, 33 and 34.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739521 So I haven't blogged since Saturday (day 31), but I have been sparking every day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Day 32, Sunday, was a great day. It was a rainy day, and it was a bit chilly, but it was still definitely a happy day! I stayed within my food limits and I drank all my water. Great day! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Day 33, Monday, was a nice sunny day, but a bit cool I had the day off from work, and I spent most of the day riding around town getting groceries from various stores. Any ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:25:17 EST Happy Day 31 -- Cleaning the house and resisting the urge to do something I'll regret later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737347 I spend most of the morning cleaning my house -- a deep clean -- not the usual quick pick up/tidy up I usually do. Floors and walls are clean, laundry is done, etc, etc. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I went out to dinner with my colleagues yesterday, and we had a wonderful time. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I made a decision (one I've made before but have always backed down). I have been resisting the urge to back down again. It's been a difficult day, and I'm sure the cleaning was my way of ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:46:20 EST Happy Day 29 (continued) and 30... Complaint-free day three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736749 <em>67</em> Well, great days seem to be following each other in succession, and I am liking it! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> It was another complaint-free day yesterday, and it’s working so well, that I am going for day three of no complaining. <BR> <BR> I ended up leaving the office at 1:30 yesterday, taking a couple of hours of vacation time. I had plans to get to the grocery store, pick up some needed fruits and vegetables, and then just sit on my front porch and read my book. I got in... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:06:04 EST Happy Days 28 and 29... Walking, walking, walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735951 Yesterday was a great day. As planned, I did not complain about anything at all. My colleagues made a few mild attempts to get a complaint out of me, but I prevailed! <BR> <BR> Today will be another complaint-free day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Walked a lot yesterday. Started off with a walk to work in the morning, followed by a walk from the bus stop to my friend’s place, then we walked to the club to go dance. We danced (about 35 minutes) and then walked back. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em>... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:02:23 EST Happy Day 28 -- No complaining here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735254 Today has been a great day, and so far, I haven’t complained about anything – yay me! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I joined the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge team. So, after some thought, I decided to make some changes so that I can participate in this challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> This morning, instead of staying in bed after the alarm went off at 5:10, I got out of bed and: <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I had two cups of water; <BR> <em>67</em> I made myself a good heal... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:33:56 EST Happy Days 26 and 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734555 Well, I am not feeling well today, and have stayed home. Woke up this morning with a pounding headache, which is slowly subsiding, with the help of many Advil and lots of water. <BR> <BR> I found the following posted on Facebook, and thought I would share it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2072188291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If anyone should try this, it should be me. I have noticed that at the office, I do not go even one day without complaining about something -... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:31:13 EST Happy Day 25 -- Good day, sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733091 Another glorious day today. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday turned out to be a great day, over all. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I managed to clean up my bits of piles yesterday, and it felt great. <BR> <em>67</em> I stayed on track for food and for water. <BR> <em>67</em> I went dancing and danced up a storm. <BR> <BR> On the not so great side, my motorcycle is sputtering -- something wrong with the electrical again -- either it's a loose battery cable (which I will chec... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:37:39 EST Happy Day 24 - continued.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732672 Got all my tidying up done, did some laundry and went out for a ride on my motorcycle. Picked up some groceries on the way home, and then I sat on the front porch and did some reading. <BR> <BR> Just finished dinner and clean up, and tracked my meal. Also put in my weight from this morning. <BR> <BR> Updated the section in my Spark Page where I was recording my weigh ins... yikes. <BR> <BR> Here's what it looks like: <BR> <BR> Official Weigh-ins: <BR> <BR> 07 Jul 2014 - 261.2 <BR> 16... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:53:58 EST Happy Days 23 & 24 -- back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732434 Thursday turned out to be a great day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> On both Thursday and Friday evenings, I sat on the front porch with my feet up and enjoyed the breeze and the great weather, and read until it got too dark. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> The new upstairs neighbour's daughter is 5 years old, and she is a real gem. Chatterbox like her mom. Smart, too. She left for the weekend to spend time with her dad. Her mom joined me on the porch after she left, and we shared a glass of win... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:24:22 EST 100 Happy Days - Days 6 to 22 (yikes!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731177 Why is it that I always feel surprised when I see the last date that I blogged, when I come back after being AWOL from Spark. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Alright, I know I won't be able to document my happy days 6 to 22 individually -- but I can say that there was indeed various tidbits of happiness within those 16 days. Here are some highlights, in the order that I remember them, which is quite random... <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> My youngest son graduated from high school on June 23. Very proud of... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:24:59 EST 100 Happy Days - Day 4 and part of Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719124 Update of Day 3 - Saturday <BR> <BR> One of the things I enjoy doing is crochet. <BR> <BR> I belong to a group that gets together on Sunday afternoons to crochet. One of the projects we just wrapped up was a 'give and take wall' that was set up for a month-long festival. We crocheted little 'toys' to put in the pockets for people to take. <BR> <BR> This is a picture of one of the 'toys' I made. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1199445420.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:05:22 EST 100 Happy Days - Day 2 and Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717997 Yesterday was day 2 of the Happy Days challenge for me. <BR> <BR> I started off in a great mood, but once I got to the office, and started a clean up of the email box we use for our work, I became frustrated and cranky. I believe I spent most of the morning complaining about the procedures that are imposed on us, most of which only succeed in slowing down our work. UGH. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I felt better in the afternoon, after my Happy Lamp was on for a few hours. <BR> <BR> <em>67... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:14:57 EST 100 Happy Days - Day 1 continued.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717049 Yesterday was a great day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I am extremely lucky to have a great supervisor. She's kind, patient and extremely likeable. She often says things exactly the way I would say them, so I feel that we have a connection that makes a really good relationship in the workplace. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> During my afternoon break, I picked up a nice fushia plant for my front balcony. In May, I saw some plants at one of the stores and didn't pick one up because I had no w... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:39:58 EST 100 Happy Days - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716285 Here's the link to the official website: <link>100happydays.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't register. I plan on posting my daily happiness on here. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> So far, my happiness is coming from my cup of coffee. (Sorry not going to post a picture of a cup of coffee!) I won a Tassimo coffee maker at the fundraiser on Friday, so I'm enjoying a cup of cappuccino while I sit here typing. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> My red dress, still hanging on my bedroom door, brings a smil... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:57:38 EST Two steps forward five steps back... urgh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716280 Well, the last week has been pretty dismal in terms of staying on track with anything. <BR> <BR> It's fundraising season -- at work, the "United Way" campaigning started with a relay race that took place yesterday. To raise funds, last week, we had a few bake sales. I participated by both baking and eating. I resisted on day one, but the rest of the week was a complete bust. <BR> <BR> On Friday, I helped a friend with a fundraiser for another friend, whose house was burned in a fire back... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:32:45 EST Working towards success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709019 The week following my last blog was a bit of a hit and miss. It started off with TOM making an appearance, which always means water retention. It didn't help that I was craving salt, either. So my weight went up... to 263 the following weigh-in day, a week later. <BR> <BR> I wasn't disappointed, though, because I knew all the circumstances that contributed to the gain. <BR> <BR> I needed to reinforce my comitment. What I did, was write the number 258 in dark red on a small post-it n... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 14:39:45 EST New inspiration.... but first..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699230 ... an update. <BR> <BR> After a good conversation with my friend, we decided to work on things, and he's back. I realized that I actually am very happy when he's around, and the only time I'm unhappy is when I needlessly preoccupy myself with things that, at the moment, don't really matter. <BR> <BR> The past week was a bit of hit and miss. Yes, in the beginning of the week, after my last blog, I was diligent with what I consumed, but I got sidetracked on the weekend, and Sunday was ... Tue, 20 May 2014 12:59:39 EST May 13, 2014.. Has it really been four months since I came here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694312 ...And you can tell that I haven't been taking care of myself too. I've been eating, sleeping and stressing out about things that I should have just not bothered with in the first place. <BR> <BR> So here I am.. AGAIN. Still serious about doing what I have to do. Disappointed that I'm not already where I wanted to be, but not so much so that I will prevent myself from trying once more. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's newest official weigh-in... 262.8. YUCK. Considering I was 247 lbs in January.... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:36:43 EST Day 65 - Another wonky weather day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585267 Yesterday, we had a full spectrum of weather. We went from 5C to -28C from beginning to end. It rained, it flash froze, it snowed. Wonderful. Today we have an extreme cold warning, and the temperature is at -15C, but with the windchill, it feels like -28C. It's not expected to warm up, either. <BR> <BR> Only 72 days until spring! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day, food-wise. I managed to get in 5 cups of water, and did not make it to the gym at lunch. <BR> <BR> Today is starting o... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 07:30:28 EST Days 51-64 -- Two weeks and still working at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583930 I went AWOL again for two weeks, but I didn't stop working towards getting rid of the weight I gained before Christmas. <BR> <BR> The holidays themselves were not a big issue for me -- so I did alright during the two weeks that I was missing on action from SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> On the Friday before Christmas, I came home from work and patched the walls in the kitchen, and brought out all my tools to paint. On Saturday morning, I sanded the patches, I vacuumed the dust up, and mixed my p... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:30:57 EST Days 44 - 50 (wow... has it been a whole week?? Oh, and official weigh-in)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570487 Holy moly. I got side tracked big time. Not only did the eatorama continue, but I didn't even bother to weigh in, track food, drink water... talk about falling off the wagon. <BR> <BR> And it shows. I weighed in this morning. EEPP. <BR> <BR> Official weigh-in..... 249.6. <BR> <BR> To be honest, I was expecting it to be worse -- a lot worse. So a gain of 6.8 lbs. I should be back to where I was before the cart tipped over in at least three weeks. <BR> <BR> Bah! <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:31:08 EST Days 42 and 43.... Hoisting myself back up on the track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565745 Sunday wasn't much better for me in terms of eating. Went over the calories again, but at least it wasn't all bread. <BR> <BR> I've convinced myself that it's because it's been so cold these last few days, and that I've been doing my impersonation of a bear getting ready to hibernate... LOL. Some of the overeating might actually be because of the cold... but the truth is, I have been over-thinking something, and I needed to make a decision. <BR> <BR> I was torturing myself, and as a res... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:07:43 EST Days 39, 40 and 41 - Eatorama ... URGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564157 Well. What can I say. I took a serious detour from the 'track' and am back. <BR> <BR> First, the deeds: <BR> <BR> - Thursday morning someone brought in cookies and cupcakes. Somebody else brought in cookies and pretzels. Guess what I did? I ate. And I ate, and ate and ate and ate. I alternated between the cookies and the cupcakes and the pretzels. Then, to kill the sugar rush, I went down to the foodcourt and bought myself some chinese food for lunch. Then I came home and ate a... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:13:47 EST Days 37 and 38... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561919 Well, I didn't blog yesterday, day 37. I ended up leaving the office at 2:00, coming home, getting into my jammies and sleeping. I ended up eating way too much bread yesterday, but managed to stay within my calories for the day. YAY ME. I didn't drink all my water, though. Had more than half, though. <BR> <BR> Today I'm feeling bloated. Blech. <BR> <BR> I'm half way done my water for the day, and I have had my healthy breakfast. My lunch is packed. I'm on track, and the day is a... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:18:15 EST Week - Day 30 to Day 36 - and official weigh-in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560292 Wow, it's been a busy week. <BR> <BR> Haven't gotten much blogging in, but have managed to stay on track and all of my efforts are paying off. <BR> <BR> Last week of was a mish-mash of work and fun, and it was pretty good. Got a lot of walking in. <BR> <BR> I have noticed that since I've started to drop the weight, I want to walk more. I love it! <BR> <BR> So the official number on the scale this morning: 242.8. <BR> <BR> YAY ME! That's a 2.4 lb drop from last week. <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 08:07:27 EST Days 26, 27, 28 and Day 29 -- And official weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555140 Days 26 - Friday: <BR> <BR> Busy at the office. Stayed on track except for Friday night. Got home on Friday, felt exhausted, had a 30 minute nap, and decided to order Chinese food. Called. Person on the phone said there was a 1.5 hour wait. For Chinese food? Pffft. It was 7:45 p.m. <BR> <BR> Went back to bed and napped for another 30 minutes. Woke up, famished. Ordered pizza and wings. The plan was to eat half. Didn't work out that way. Gobbled down the pizza and wings, and I ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:33:43 EST Days 23, 24 and 25.... busy, busy, busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552398 Day 23: <BR> <BR> I ended up baking cookies on Tuesday morning, and then again on Tuesday after work. I donated the cookies to the charity auction that we held on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Stayed right on track! Didn't sample any of the cookies or squares. Even drank all my water!! <BR> <BR> Day 24: <BR> <BR> Woke up and baked one last batch of cookies to bring to work. <BR> <BR> It was a crazy busy day. I didn't eat my lunch until 4:30. The charity auction took place from noon to 2:... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 19:50:27 EST Day 22 - Official Weigh-in Day! WOOO HOOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549962 Official weigh-in number: 246.8! <BR> <BR> YAY ME!!! <BR> <BR> That's a total of 8.2 lbs down from November 4th, when I decided to get back on track. <BR> <BR> YAY ME!!! <BR> <BR> I'm happy about my progress, and I am sure that I will have no trouble keeping myself in check and doing what I have to do to reach my goal. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with my water, too! Now I have to make sure that I get in some cardio time every day -- this is the one thing I haven't really been serious... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:32:14 EST Days 19, 20 and 21 - Where did the weekend go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549245 Day 19 - Friday: <BR> <BR> Busy day at the office. Stayed on track and felt great all day. <BR> <BR> Day 20 - Saturday: <BR> <BR> More compliments from my friend. He's pretty happy about where I'm going with this weight loss. I'm happy that he likes it, and I have the feeling that he thinks I am doing it for him. The truth is, I'm doing it for myself. He is not really part of the equation. I will definitely take his compliments and use them to help motivate me. <BR> <BR> Day 2... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 17:12:29 EST Day 17 and 18 - Sticking around and seeing results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547119 Last evening, my friend gave me a compliment. He was just back from being out of town for three days, and when I opened up my door to greet him, the first words out of his mouth were "WOW! You look great!" After welcoming him and a brief chat about how his trip was, he uttered to me: "I don't know how you're doing it, but I can really see that you've lost weight. WOW, you look great!" <BR> <BR> We had an interesting discussion last week. I had mentioned that I had gone to the gym aft... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:34:29 EST Day 16 - Sleepy head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545953 I got home from work on Monday, had my dinner, and then went in to my room to change into my painting clothes -- the bed was beckoning me -- so before I slipped into the paint clothes, I slipped into bed. The idea was to get in a nap, and then get up and finish painting. <BR> <BR> It was 6:38 p.m.. I woke up at 9:30 the next morning. WOW. I called the office to tell them that I would be late, and then I slipped back into bed and slept for another hour. When I got to work, I felt like I s... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:17:02 EST Day 14 and 15 - Didn't blog again yesterday... official weigh in today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544053 Day 14: <BR> <BR> Had every intention of blogging, even had the page open and ready to go, but I got sidetracked with the painting, and never came back to it. LOL <BR> <BR> Painted the dining room. Didn't finish the trim because I didn't have enough white paint, so I painted the baseboards on the one wall where the china cabinet goes, and I primed the two doors. I was supposed to go buy some white paint on Sunday, but it was icky out, and I didn't feel like venturing out. <BR> <BR> So... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:21:03 EST Day 12 and Day 13: Getting things done, and still on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542883 Well, Friday was an uneventful evening. I managed to stay right on track with my eating, and my water consumption, which is great. <BR> <BR> I had left work early, and when I arrived at the bus stop, I decided that I would walk to one of the nearby shops to check something. When I was done, I figured I may as well walk all the way home -- so I got in my cardio, too! YAY ME! <BR> <BR> The plan was to come home and move the furniture out of the dining room so I could paint today. I manage... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:42:19 EST Day 11 - Didn't blog yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541675 Eeep! <BR> <BR> I meant to, but every time I opened the blog window, I got sidetracked. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a much better day, except of course, for the lack of water -- which I have been off-track with since Monday. I actually woke up at 3 in the morning because I wanted water! <BR> <BR> Haven't been to the gym this week at all. The gym was closed on Monday, but I managed to get some walking in. Tuesday night, on my way home from work, I did a faceplant when I tripped over an une... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:30:20 EST Day 10 - Recovery... from salt cravings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540346 Yesterday turned out to be a "salt" craving day. After drinking six cups of water in the space of an hour, I finally caved in and bought some honey mustard and onion pretzel bits. I ate the whole bag -- six servings. UGH. <BR> <BR> The good news is that, even with the small slip, I didn't completely sabotage myself! <BR> <BR> Getting ready for dinner... <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:16:29 EST Day 9 - Dreary out -- need sunshine!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538978 Bleh. I dislike dreary, wet, cold days. It's icky out. I foresee a day of me sitting at the office with the happy lamp on my desk set to "high" all day. Argh. Maybe I should double up on my vitamin D, too! LOL <BR> <BR> Went to the Remembrance Day ceremony in town yesterday. Took a photo of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Every year since it's been there, people have gone up and placed their poppies on it immediately following the ceremony. The first time I saw this, I was complete... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:13:03 EST Day 8 - Official weigh-in day ... drumroll, please.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538001 .... 251.2..... <BR> <BR> YAY ME! 3.8 lbs down. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased with my progress, and am looking forward to seeing what the weigh-in will be after another whole week of staying on track. I CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Will need to upload the "before" photo I took a few days ago. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:20:57 EST Day 7 - The sweet taste of progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537526 Had a lazy day today, it was dark, wet, cold and dreary out, so after breakfast and groceries, I sat and watched a movie while I crocheted. After lunch, I started a batch of chili for a fundraiser at work this week. <BR> <BR> Bought myself a new crock pot. My old one has a spot that everything burns to, even when it's only on "warm". The new one I bought was on sale, and I have a feeling that I will be putting it to good use now that I don't have to worry about things burning in it. <BR... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:12:48 EST Day 6 - Progress is a wonderful reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536772 Still on track, and feeling fantastic. <BR> <BR> Didn't get to do any patching or painting yet, not too worried about it, I'll get around to it at some point, but just not this weekend. <BR> <BR> Had dinner with an old friend, and then walked to my beau's place and spent the night. Happily enjoyed a nice breakfast that was cooked for me, and then a quiet, restful and enjoyable day together. <BR> <BR> It snowed here today. YUCK. It was perfect weather for staying in and relaxing. <BR... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 19:10:51 EST Day 5 - Still here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535975 It's 4:15 p.m., and I'll be leaving the office soon. It's been a long, boring day at the office, and the weather outside has been dark and gloomy. It's supposed to snow at some point. <BR> <BR> I will have to skip the visit to the gym today. I received an invitation to go for dinner with an old friend, and I won't be able to fit the gym in before. Going to be an enjoyable evening. Will have to make good choices for my meal, and will have to keep track. <BR> <BR> We may end up going d... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 16:24:45 EST Day 4 - This is working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534622 I went dancing last night, danced up a storm, had a fantastic time, and the 60 minutes or so on the dance floor (yay me!) more than made up for not going to the gym yesterday. I think that I am going to start going dancing on Wednesdays again. I realized last night just how much I miss it. <BR> <BR> Wednesday afternoons I have French class, so I have to leave the office at 11:30 to get to the school on time, which means I can't go to the gym after work. It also means I'm home about an... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:09:02 EST Day 3 - Changes I've made are already working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533677 Yes, I am one of those people that weigh in every morning at the same time. Some people say it's a deterrent, but for me, it's the only way to keep myself on track. <BR> <BR> As soon as I stop weighing in, I start eating without any limitations. This quickly becomes weight gain for me. <BR> <BR> So, on day three of my re-start, I weighed in and was delighted to see a drop in the numbers on the scale. Although, judging by the way my body looked in the mirror (that I put on the bedroom do... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:37:06 EST Day 2 - Still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532639 Yesterday was a good day. <BR> <BR> I made a list of what I needed to accomplish and set it on the counter top. I had six items listed, I did four of the six. <BR> <BR> -- drank my water <BR> -- went to the gym <BR> -- installed a mirror on my bedroom door <BR> -- ate healthy <BR> <BR> The two tasks that were left undone, installing small shelving in the bathroom, I will do when I get home from work today. <BR> <BR> It was a successful start to my new path. I'm particularly proud o... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:38:40 EST