MISSIFISH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSIFISH MISSIFISH'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/ Last day of summer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465550 I can't believe it. Tomorrow, both myself and my girls will start back to school. It has been a lovely break, and I'm actually looking forward to getting back to a normal schedule. <BR> <BR> Some summer highlights for me: <BR> <BR> *Lots of wonderful time with my girls - hiking, lazing out, baking - all good! <BR> <BR> *I went on several out of town trips, but I worked out on each one. I never went more than 2 pounds above my goal weight, and I'm actually UNDER right now. <BR> <BR> *I ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:15:55 EST I dooded it! (with a pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427515 I'm practically a certified Turbo Kick instructor. I don't have the official paperwork yet, but my instructor already told me that I passed. It has been a crazy week, so I haven't had the chance to post about it yet, but it was an amazing experience. I'm so glad I did it! <BR> <BR> Last Saturday, I took a flight from Austin to Dallas, and met one of my besties. We went to our hotel, and did a Turbo Kick workout DVD together in the workout room of the Hyatt. It was a great room, it was r... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:59:31 EST My exciting fitness news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415774 I love sparkpeople, and I love blogging, but since I've been in maintenance, I don't do it very much. There doesn't seem to be as much to say; I bounce around two pounds in each direction, but I don't stress about it too much. <BR> <BR> This week, however, I have something NEW to report, and it is BIG!!! <BR> <BR> Drumrolll???? <BR> <BR> This Sunday, I'm going to become a certified TurboKick instructor!!!!! I'll probably never teach a class, but that isn't the point. I want more workout... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:42:51 EST One year maintenance anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401884 I've really been away too long. I've been so busy that I've not been checking in as much as I should / used to. <BR> <BR> Today is my one year maintenance anniversary, and I felt I should write. So many changes have happened since I started my spark journey, and though the changes keep coming, I sort of feel silly posting like I used to, since I'm mostly just hanging in. I'm doing a pretty good job of maintaining now, so there isn't a lot to report on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> I have ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:05:01 EST What is a good goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318262 When I originally started on SP, I was in the overweight range in terms of BMI. I randomly picked a goal of 125, which at 5' 2" puts me at a 22.9 BMI. That weight is in the healthy range, but closer to the high end than to the low end. According to the BMI calculators, at my height, I will not fall into the "underweight" category until I hit 103 pounds. <BR> <BR> 103 pounds? I can't even imagine myself at that weight. I'm pretty dang sure I don't aspire to be that tiny, I don't even kno... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:58:47 EST Making progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315171 As I've said before, I struggle with maintenance. I hung out below my goal for a few months, and then slowly started the rise again. Luckily, this time, I'm a sparker, so I knew what to do when I managed to get 3 pounds above goal. Since this is actually 5 pounds above where I liked hanging out, I felt very concerned about the gain. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm happy to report that it is tracking that does it for me. I don't know if I'll always have to track daily, or if I could somehow move it d... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:31:19 EST What I did today INSTEAD of emotional eating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301191 Today started out rough. Lots of emotional triggers. It turns out that being a parent to a teenage girl is challenging? Who knew, right? <BR> <BR> I got to the office, grouchy and tired, but instead of eating, my first thought was that I wished I could work out. I was at the office though, with lots of grading to do, and no work out gear. I considered it a small victory that I was thinking about exercise more than food (which is my normal MO). <BR> <BR> My sparkpeeps motivated me to th... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:44:56 EST Trying for balance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293486 I struggle with balance in all things. It is hard to balance work and family, cravings with good food choices, exercise with my busy schedule. <BR> <BR> I guess it shouldn't be a surprise then, that I struggle with knowing how much time to spend on SP as well. I do know that when I spend time here connecting with my sparkfriends, I do better health-wise. Right now, I'm about three pounds over my goal weight for about the third time in a few months. It seems either I'm here so often I fee... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:54:50 EST Really, Dogs??? REALLY???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236172 Yesterday was my first day with the new fitbit, and so far, my report is pretty positive. I really like that it cuts out the need for all fitness logging, and that it syncs with SP without me having to do anything. I just get close to the computer and voila! Stuff is entered! <BR> <BR> The calories burned for my intense cardio are WAAAAAY low, but I know what I'm really burning since I used an HRM too. I won't use the HRM much now, but it is good to see how different these two monitors a... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:17:01 EST I just got a toy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234774 My husband just started his new job, and for the first time in more than 10 years, he works for a BIG company. He's been startup man for a long time, and got a really cool opportunity to work for a giant, but to start his own team that is completely self directed. It is sort of like being a tiny little startup inside an enormous company. <BR> <BR> He's very excited, because the programming problem he is working on is really exciting. I'm very excited because the company bought him a bunch ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:10:29 EST I can't blame this on the Ethiopians... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196066 I don't know what is going on. <BR> <BR> I DID this. I lost the weight, I learned the lessons, and I fell in love with fitness. I got below my goal. <BR> <BR> Well, the holidays happened, and the ethiopian night happened, and I've just been unable/unwilling to control my eating. I'm up to 127.6 (which is actually down from 128.4 - which totally freaked me out) and I just keep making bad food choices!!! <BR> <BR> Maybe I need to try to track again - I know it helps, but it is exhausting,... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:18:50 EST Oh Ethiopians, why do you hate me??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189230 I can be good. I can make healthy choices, and do great things for my body and mind. I have willpower. I enjoy the pride I feel when I end a day on target. I can do this. I DO do this. Almost every day... <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> Oh Ethiopians!!!! You, with your no forks and beautiful, fluffy injera. You, with your buttery potatoe-y goodness and delicious lentils. You of the honey wine and Shiro Wat. I can never leave your establishments feeling well. There is always pain. ALW... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 23:48:40 EST 16 years of marriage and 1 year of sparking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178760 Today is my double-versary! <BR> <BR> A year ago today, I joined sparkpeople, weighing 143 pounds. I lost down to 123 (my goal was 125) in July. Since then, I've bounced around a bit, but the things I've learned on SP have helped me so much. Right now, I'm at 126, which I consider AWESOME since I just spent a week in the eating capital of the world, my mother in law's house in Waco, Texas. What??? You didn't know that was the eating capital of the world??? Well, it IS. <BR> <BR> I won... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:06:04 EST Mid-Terms and losing sleep over political issues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103514 I'm exhausted! Not only have I been staying up super late grading mid-term papers for the past week, but I'm still not done. I've got exams from 4 classes that have to be graded by Monday. On Tuesday, I'll give one more exam, and get papers from my last class. <BR> <BR> ERRRGGGHHHH!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm not sleeping enough (and yeah, I lecture on the perils of sleep deprivation EVERY semester), I'm not working out like I usually do, and I made Scottish Tablet this past weekend for entertaini... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:14:18 EST What just HAPPENED??????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086406 Last night, I did a new "hip hop" workout with a friend. It was really high impact, but I LOVED it! Since we worked out so late, I set my alarm for a late morning, and planned to skip my workout today. <BR> <BR> Well... <BR> <BR> I got up anyway, and thought about how much better today would be if I got in some sort of workout, even if I wasn't up for a huge calorie burn. I decided to take the pups on a walk. <BR> <BR> Wow. It was a beautiful morning in Texas. Crisp, cool air, a lovel... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:30:40 EST Things have been hoppin'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082915 So much has been going on, and I'm just feeling a bit overwhelmed, but I'm pretty sure that is normal. <BR> <BR> I hadn't posted about it, but my 13 year old minivan was getting old. Really old, and things were starting to fall apart. We decided we needed a new car, and started researching and test driving. What happens when a scientist and a computer engineer have to make a big purchase? Spreadsheets and too much information, that is what! <BR> <BR> Well, after driving just about eve... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:28:06 EST TWO MONTHS at the same weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075650 ... and I'm HAPPY about it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I celebrated my two month anniversary of hitting my goal weight. For every day of those two months, I've been either at or below my goal. There have been fluctuations, my goal is 125 and I'm bouncing from 123 to 125 depending on the day. I say that is all right by me! <BR> <BR> I'm just now starting to get used to the feeling that I can pretty much wear anything in my closet. Yes, some stuff is too big, but before, some days I could wear ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:10:38 EST The girl in the workout video and the girl in my closet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049153 When I first started working out with the Chalene Johnson DVD's, if I watched myself in the mirror, I felt upset. I'd look at the women in the workout videos, and wish I could be more like them, and less like me. I kept telling myself that the only way to do that was to KEEP working out, even though it made me sad to see how far I had to go. <BR> <BR> There was one woman in particular, whose body looked like something I might possibly attain one day (you know, she had boobs and curves, bu... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 22:45:00 EST A week of WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041344 WOW! Working full time is tiring! <BR> <BR> WOW! Having a kid in high school is mindblowing! <BR> <BR> WOW! I managed to work out almost every day this week even while teaching! <BR> <BR> WOW! Technology is awesome until it isn't! <BR> <BR> WOW! I'm still maintaining a weight 2 pounds lower than my goal! <BR> <BR> WOW! I sure do like coffee! <BR> <BR> WOW! After years of being the youngest family in the neighborhood, there are new people and babies everywhere! I really like my n... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:36:06 EST A dog in a sweater. In Texas. In August. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024712 No pictures for you yet, but I'll have to take one at some point. <BR> <BR> Poor pup. VIXTERLU's awesome advice about losing the cone of shame and using a t-shirt instead works beautifully, but did you know dog clothes come in seasons? Apparently, even though it is still in the 100's, it is time for the sweaters to come in, and the t-shirts to be GONE! <BR> <BR> We got Binkley a black turtleneck sweater with white skulls on it. He looks like a "too cool for you" club kid. It cracks me ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:35:37 EST A couple of tough days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017924 My pups went in for a dental cleaning yesterday. I lost sleep over it on Tuesday night, because general anesthesia always freaks me out. So on Wednesday, which was my older daughter's birthday AND the day of the cleaning, I was already worn out. <BR> <BR> I woke up early, and took the pups in. I came home, took the birthday girl (Em) and a friend to their first day of high school orientation (ohmygosh!). I got home again around 8:15am, and the calls started. <BR> <BR> What I thought w... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:45:09 EST Feel like I'm almost ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015796 School starts in less than 2 weeks. I've got a lot to get done before then, in terms of class preparation, but mentally? I think I'm close to ready. This is a big deal to me, because usually, any big transition gets me a little (or a lot) stressed about what will happen to my exercise / eating. <BR> <BR> I think there are several things that are making this transition a little less daunting: <BR> <BR> 1. I will have more time this semester because my hubby has agreed to come home early t... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:02:09 EST Pool party - AWESOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012128 Yesterday was a pool party day. I love my friends, and it was such a lovely day. We started at 1pm, and ended at 11pm. NICE! <BR> <BR> On a day like that, I feel like it is so easy to compare where I was with where I am. So, here goes: <BR> <BR> *At last years' pool parties I stayed all covered up. I turned away to take off the cover up and snuck into the pool. NOW, I wear a bikini, and keep my cover up on my chair just in case I get cold. I climb the rock wall and cannonball PROUDLY... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 13:25:36 EST Change equals moving forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006765 Yeah, it could also mean moving backward, but that is NOT happening here! <BR> <BR> Today, I finally said goodbye to my weight tracker on my sparkpage. It has been there for 7 months, and now that I've stuck to my goal weight (or below) for more than a week, I think it is silly for me to keep tracking my weight. <BR> <BR> As a sign that I'm moving forward, and thinking more about NSV's (non-scale victories for Maraude), I switched my tracker to fitness minutes. I'm really enjoying fitne... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:44:34 EST Hand-me-downs... an NSV to smile about! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003791 Since I have two daughters, we save all the older one's clothes for the little one. Tiny D gets to go through the clothes, keeping the ones she likes, and we donate the rest. We just went through the clothing box that was Tiny D's current size, and so I had some shifting of boxes to do. <BR> <BR> As I got into the most recent box from Bigger D, I noticed that her outgrown clothes were all from Old Navy, sizes small, 4 and 6. Umm... could I wear these??? Piece after piece, I tried on my d... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:36:49 EST Exercise therapy ROCKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001148 I've had a few injuries that have kept me from working out, and some days, I really feel ouchy after I do my workout. I've been feeling, for quite some time that I just don't know how to carry my body. It has gotten to the point that I started to realize that I don't have the first clue about how to use my body in a healthy way. My dynamics are all off! <BR> <BR> My husband's best friend is a licensed massage therapist. He actually teaches at a really great school, and so for years, he... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 20:17:55 EST Nutrients are NOT the same as calories! (and, a chocolate smoothie recipe) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997991 First off, let me say thanks to everyone who was so supportive yesterday. I think I'm just freaking out slightly that I'm supposed to stop losing weight. You get used to the rhythm, and for a person like me, who is addicted to the scale, the thought of not seeing a loss EVER is scary. I do great with the motivation of a downward moving scale, I'm not so great when the scale fails to be a motivator. <BR> <BR> I think I'm different this time - I think I've learned the joys of NSV's, I KNOW ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:43:30 EST Why can't I blog anymore? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996953 I don't know what is going on. <BR> <BR> I mean, I know I'm busy - I'm getting prepped for the semester, and I am using a new textbook, so I'm basically re-writing my entire semester. I'm also doing some work for a textbook company. Between that and wanting to spend time with my kids each day, I'm pretty well booked. <BR> <BR> I do, however, have a little down time each day, but I'm not blogging. <BR> <BR> Not like I used to. <BR> <BR> I miss it, but I can't seem to motivate! I don... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 20:01:20 EST Day one, post goal reaching... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988520 Well, here I am again, but now I'm on the other side. I'm excited, and though I'm sure I'll bounce around weightwise for a bit, I reached my goal and I'm thrilled with my progress. <BR> <BR> That is what it is though, progress. I think I might see what happens if I keep tracking calories at the level I have been. If I lose any more, cool. If not, that is ok too. I just know that Aunt Flo is around the corner, and it would probably be safer for me to be a pound or two below my goal weigh... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:18:09 EST GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986687 Um. <BR> <BR> It happened. <BR> <BR> This morning, I stepped on the scale, and it read 125. <BR> <BR> Not 125.4, not 125 point anything. <BR> <BR> Just like that. Just like, no biggie, you weigh 125. <BR> <BR> Only it IS a biggie. That is my goal weight here at sparkpeople. My GOAL!!!! The one I've been working on since December 27, 2011. <BR> <BR> I got off, reset the scale, and stepped on again. There it was again, not a hallucination or anything. I did that 4 times. Then,... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:11:40 EST A short trip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972907 No big trip blog at the moment, I don't have enough time! The whole family went to visit my mother in law this weekend, who lives out of town. She's got shingles right now, and is in such discomfort. I felt so bad for her. I tried to make our visit be a help to her, and I think that was a success. I brought homemade muffins for the breakfasts, made dinners, and washed all the sheets and towels and made the beds before I left. <BR> <BR> The good news is, apparently housework DOES count ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:07:01 EST Coffee in the shower and Scotland, Day 3 (w/ pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967837 I'm still backsliding. I don't know what is up with my eating, but I WILL get back on track. I think after a month of nonstop walking, all the sitting around at home lets me think about snacking. UGH. I just did a terrible thing with chocolate chips and peanut butter. I did make really healthy choices for the rest of the day, and I've been doing great with my fitness, but REALLY? This was not a good snack choice. <BR> <BR> In other news, I did something crazy today. I took my coffee i... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:44:39 EST Backsliding with chocolate and Scotland Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960317 Currently: <BR> I did something really stupid last night. I gorged. On sweets. This is something I haven't done in about forever, and I honestly have no idea why I did it last night. I won't upset you with all the details, but let's just say that during the movie at home that my dear hubby and I watched, I dispatched of at least four servings of chocolatey desserts. <BR> <BR> This morning? I was three pounds from my goal, when only a day ago, I was six tenths of a pound from my goal. ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 10:16:39 EST Why I love my vita-mix and Edinburgh day one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958294 I do. I love it. I've taken it on trips with me because I miss it when I am gone. I had heard of the vita-mix for years, but saw the price and assumed no blender could be worth that. <BR> <BR> Then... my husband surprised me with one for the holidays several years ago. Oh. My. Gosh. <BR> <BR> It is awesome. It is a gift from very powerful powers that can power through anything. It makes healthy soups. It makes healthy smoothies. I can grind grains to make my own flour. It makes am... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 16:59:34 EST Been away but I never stopped sparking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956617 It is good to be back. <BR> <BR> I always think that vacations are most wonderful when you enjoy the heck out of them, but they remind you how much you love your own life back at home. This was that kind of vacation. I loved seeing what I saw, I loved doing what I did, but I never once felt like "wow, I wish this could be my everyday life." That is a great vacation. <BR> <BR> I so want to share every single thing I did, I want to show you guys every picture I took, but I'm pretty sure ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 14:11:03 EST Touring Edinburgh and trying not to undo what I've done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916641 We made it here! Things are going really well now, but we did get off to a rough start. The morning of our flight, my older daughter woke up with a fever. The doc was nice enough to see us even though she wasn't open yet, and it turned out that it was strep throat. Goodness! We got the go-ahead to travel, but got a bunch of antibiotics. I was amazed. One and a half hours after waking her up, we were on our way to the airport, with a diagnosis and drugs in hand. So many kind, and amazi... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 17:41:05 EST Getting ready for the big trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909262 Well, I've got my new undies, and I'm almost ready to go! Today, I tried on a bunch of winter-y clothes for the trip. It was a lot of fun - many things that used to be too tight fit wonderfully well, and I had a lot of choices. I made my selections (I'm taking about 8 outfits for the whole month because we'll have washing machines in our apartments) and now I'm almost ready! <BR> <BR> I have already packed my favorite sports bra and workout shorts, along with a resistance band. We are c... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 21:16:15 EST Missi on the rope swing (my first video blog)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900017 I'm swinging - in a bikini! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we went kayaking on our beautiful “ladybird lake.” It was so much fun! The whole time we were out there, I kept thinking of how grateful I am that I’m more fit than I used to be. (Thank you, sparkpeople!) <BR> <BR> Here is my list of gratitude from the day on the lake: <BR> 1) Thank you for these muscles that show up every time I put the paddle in the water. WOW! <BR> <BR> 2) Thank you for helping me finally feel comfortable in a bikini ... Sun, 27 May 2012 14:06:41 EST Saggy undies and my new mantra. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897717 Well, I've been busily preparing for my trip. That means buying all kinds of stuff that I probably won't use once we get home, but it also means buying some things that are pretty dang important. Like undies. Yep, you heard me. My undies are falling off, and I needed new ones, trip or no. <BR> <BR> So, undies falling off might usually be a bad thing, but given the fact that I've been working so hard to get fit, saggy panties are a sure sign that my body is changing. Still, I have to adm... Fri, 25 May 2012 14:06:50 EST A party and a mind blower! (with food porn pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893643 Well, I'm certainly not going to win a consistency award this month. I've been terrible about spinning the wheel and logging in. Despite that, I've been eating pretty well and exercising well too. I rediscovered my pool, and have been doing laps after I get all sweaty in my regular kickboxing workouts. I actually logged a loss today, so I'm within 2.5 pounds of my goal now. <BR> <BR> Why all the inconsistency here? Well, I had finals to write and grade, grades to submit, and a birthday ... Tue, 22 May 2012 21:30:19 EST The penis cupcake in my fridge and how things are changing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872128 First, let me explain about the cupcake. I teach human sexuality. This is the part of the semester where my students are doing their end of semester presentations. They often take the form of games, where students give out candy or baked goods as prizes. Human Sexuality + Baked Goods = Penis Cupcakes. EVERY SEMESTER. <BR> <BR> It is sort of hilarious - my students always think it is soooo scandalous, and that they are the first to be brave enough to do it. I just think it is cute. ... Tue, 8 May 2012 11:12:42 EST It has been too long, but I've been GRADING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869527 The semester is almost over. I've been a grading machine, hence the no blogging. I'm sorry to all my sparkfriends, I've not been commenting on blogs much either. Things should be better soon, and then I'll leave for the UK in June and be a TOTAL SP LOSER for that whole month! UGH! <BR> <BR> Here is the news on my end. N, my friend's son is back at home, back at school, and doing well. He actually sang in a choir performance and had solos, if you can believe it! The tumor came back ben... Sun, 6 May 2012 22:03:22 EST The red dress photo - The lost election - and the boy at home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846974 So, by popular demand, here is a photo of me in "the red dress". It isn't the best photo. It was taken by my youngest, who subsequently developed a fever, and wasn't really "in" to the photo session at the time. Additionally, it was after a long day at work, I'm pretty wrinkly, and I wouldn't let her photograph me full length because of my gross swollen foot. (Wow - quite a sales pitch, no?) In any case, here I am: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519534040.jpg"> <... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:56:37 EST The story of the red dress and why I've been hesitant to post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842936 So, this blog is an example of how I think life generally is. Full of wonderful and good things, and then just enough yuck to keep you grateful for the good. <BR> <BR> I'll start with the good. Years ago, I bought a dress. I was pretty fit at the time, but thought I might lose a little more, so I got this adorable red dress that was just a WEE bit too tight. I never wore it. Not once. It hung in my closet, and I wouldn't give it away, but I couldn't wear it in public. Every once in a ... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:13:23 EST A little freaked and my talk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836595 So I'm a little freaked because of my foot. The left one. It is SWOLLEN! It hurts a lot - like the skin is stretched and maybe the bones under the skin are sore too. It is just the top of my foot, from the toes to almost the ankle - the bottom is fine. There is no redness, no heat, so I'm assuming this isn't an infection, but I think I've got to head to the doctor tomorrow. <BR> <BR> This thing has been going on since about Wednesday, and seems to do worse with activity. I followed th... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:44:57 EST What I was gonna do... and the lady in the bathroom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830257 I've been frustrated with the scale. I got down to 131, then bounced back up and around and down again. Then I got down to 130.8, and now I'm back up to around 132. What the???? <BR> <BR> Well, then I read the calorie differential report on SP. Turns out, I've been more at the top of my calorie range every day for the last bit, and going over two days. The big picture is that my calories in the past few weeks were higher than they've been since I started SP. So... my fault, I'll work on... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:04:05 EST Not so sweet tooth. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826224 I think my sweet tooth is leaving me. I still can eat candy and cake, no doubt about it. The amount though, is going way down. Today, I made cupcakes for our Easter celebration, and everyone ate two, but I only ate one. It was good, but it was enough. <BR> <BR> My daughter offered me some of her bunny, and I declined. <BR> <BR> My mother in law brought me my weakness, cadbury creme eggs (she got the mini ones because she knew I was dieting and thought I could eat the tinies instead o... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:49:11 EST Of tummy pooches and progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823409 I weighed today, and it looks like I may be on the move again (in the right direction). It is VERY slow going, but I'm ok with that. I'm inching closer to the 120's, and I've not been there in a long time. Interestingly though, I'm already wearing clothes easily that used to only fit when I was below 130. So... I'm happy, because clearly the workouts are making a difference that the scale may not notice. <BR> <BR> I also have a set of skinfold calipers. I find them to be terribly mislea... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 13:49:03 EST Dogs!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817691 When I started SP, one of my quickstart goals was to walk the dogs every day. I did great with it, and they LOVED it! After a couple of months though, with the increased rain, and now the lovely arrival of all types of moths and beetles, I sort of let it go. Poor dogs. <BR> <BR> They are trying to get me back for slacking. I can tell. <BR> <BR> This weekend, as we were waiting for an out of town guest to arrive, they both rolled in something so foul smelling that I could catch their st... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 22:46:52 EST Stalling, but happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815227 So, I didn't enter my weight this week because I couldn't weigh on weigh in day. However, I know that I'm not moving down further, because I had weighed all week. I actually went up a tiny bit, and have not broken past the 131 low mark. <BR> <BR> I think there are a lot of reasons for this. I could deeply investigate them here, but just know that I'm doing some thinking about it. I've not been in the 130 range for years - maybe it is mental. Maybe it is just that I've not made any new... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:52:56 EST