NEREID71's SparkPeople Blog NEREID71's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Weekly Update It’s been the “same old, same old” this week. Work, work, work, drive the kids around, housework, walk the dog, work, work, work. <BR> <BR> I didn’t really get a lot of fitness in this week. Last Saturday (not yesterday, but the week before) I went running and seriously did something to my right leg. I couldn’t put any weight on it and especially stairs were not fun. So kind of sat around and did nothing. I hadn’t even really thought about doing weights even which would have been som... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 18:18:26 EST Random Musings Well, my best intentions to blog daily are continuously foiled by a lack of time. I'm trying, I honestly am. Sometimes it's so slow at work that it's easy to write up a whole bunch of them to post at later dates, but lately it's been nuts. And then at home, even though both the kids are in school full days now, I spend half the day walking the dog and the other half trying to make it look like adults live in my house. <BR> <BR> This week was really bad because I fell for a time vampire.... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 21:28:55 EST Follow Up on the Better Sleep Challenge I took the Spark People Better Sleep Challenge back in August. And I have to say that it worked a little too well. I work a late night shift four nights a week (which vary in end times from 11pm to 1.30 am). And I have two little ones that I have to get up in the morning and see off to school. And I don't get to nap because I'm on my own with no one to help out with housework, dog, etc. So sleep was an issue in my household and one that I thought should be addressed if I was ever going t... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 00:14:12 EST Counting Calories Burned I have found another site that might be useful to others here. SparkPeople is pretty comprehensive in the list of activities included under the "My Fitness" cardio tab, but I found that it was lacking in some places, like housework, the only thing they list is Heavy Cleaning. This one lets you calculate calories burned doing dishes or mopping or doing housework in general. Loading a car. Carrying a baby (let's face it, I've been there, those babies start to get heavy after a while. And w... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 22:58:53 EST Starting Fresh <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I’ve been away on vacation. 10 sunny (well 8 sunny, two rainy) days in Orlando, Florida. I’ll post a separate blog in a bit with all our adventures. But I had a good chuckle at SparkPeople this morning when I logged in. You see, while I’m not overly experienced at having vacations, I have a little personal philosophy. I never, ever use a computer during my vacation. No Facebook, no texting, no SparkPeople. I keep a phone on me so if anyone seriously needs to co... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 16:09:33 EST Doing it for Her! We have a co-worker in our department who is about to go on a life-changing journey. She has been struggling with weight issues for years and now has developed a number of serious health issues. She’s young and vital with a whole life and wealth of experience ahead of her. And we love her. She has a feisty, loving personality. She knows her stuff. Despite all of the problems she has been experiencing, she maintains a positive outlook on life. She is a beautiful person, inside and out. ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 21:31:15 EST A Week It's been almost a week since I have posted anything here. Not being a slacker, really. I usually do a lot of this stuff from my office since I tend to work dead shifts, but lately I've been so busy I have been working through breaks and pulling overtime. We had a huge project which I hope has wound down while I was off. I've been enjoying my last days with my kids before school starts. It's been too hot to really spend much time out of doors and I think it rained a couple of times, I'm ... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 10:50:28 EST Toronto Fan Expo 2010 My son and I hit our first ever Sci Fi Convention and had a blast today. We didn't get to see William Shatner as he's only going to be there tomorrow and every one else had autograph photography fees that were too rich for my blood, so saw lots of celebs from a distance for free, including Bruce Boxleitner (from Babylon 5), Summer Glau (from Firefly), James Marsters (from Buffy), Michael Dorn (from Star Trek), Dean Stockwell and Tahmoh Penikett (from BSG) and Michelle Forbes (from ST, BSG an... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:19:26 EST Taking Better Care I have a little secret. And I've finally decided that enough is enough! I'm going to see my doctor. I'm going to take care of myself. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I'm tired. Going on 22 years now. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> You might pick up complaints on my blogs that I'm tired. Currently I have good reason with the hours I work and family life. But see, that's not the type of tired I'm talking about here. I'm talking bone crushing, physically weak, eyes rolling... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 22:46:09 EST Motherhood and Catching Up I posted a while back that I couldn't shake the blahs, but it wasn't until today that I really got what it was that was bothering me. It's a bunch of things really, but it's been growing and growing over the last month. <BR> <BR> I know today in particular has not been a good mommy day for me. I haven't exactly lost it but there were a few times when I had to hole myself up in my room for a personal time out. And it dawned on me that I haven't had a real break in over a month. It's bee... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 21:53:01 EST A Day of Surprises Today I woke up early with the intention of getting up and baking scones. But it was hot. And there was a cute slumbering bunny (aka my 6 year old) snoring next to me. She almost never sleeps with me and I couldn't resist cuddling up with her. So I lazed in bed listening to the radio watching my angel sleep. Then my son came in. <BR> <BR> He and I have little chats at bedtime. Last night we were talking life in general and I told him that really the only joy I had in this world were ... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:42:56 EST When at First You Don't Succeed, Go OverBoard & Inspiration Before I get to my adventures in clueless house repair, I share this site. It's pretty cool. This girl goes to rummage sales, buys old oversized dresses for a buck and turns them into cool hip little outfits. She's doing one outfit a day for a yearly budget of $365. Awesome. I need to try this, but first I need to get a decent sewing machine. Am always getting outbid on ebay darn it. I have no clothing budget whatsoever so I really should give this a try. Might be good inspiration for... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 23:04:10 EST The Death of Love and the Week So Far Well I haven't really been on here much the last few days. Sunday and Monday nights both had huge projects at work that kept me in the office until 3 in the morning both days. Getting to bed at four in the morning and then up again a few short hours later with the kids did not a happy girl make. Although, there was a huge client meeting at our office with a huge catered dinner which no one ate, so it meant a free meal of roast beef, veggies and fruit leftovers for my little ones and me la... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:54:37 EST Sleep Challenge Week 2 Blahs Well, I've been getting my sleep in and then some. Except for yesterday and today when I HAD to get up at my usual time to get ready for work, I have not woken up before 10:30 in the morning the entire week. Poor dog has been very good about holding it in, although he could bark or something! Kids have been replaced by some sort of well-mannered alien cloned-replacement technology that fetches its own cheerios, does its chores without being reminded, gets itself dressed and then playing w... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 15:34:46 EST 100 Things Before I Go Since the release of that Bucket List movie, a lot of these lists are kicking around the internet. I have personally never seen the movie because if it doesn't involve laser beams and alien invasions, it's just wasting my time. But I thought the premise was a good idea. To set goals and live your life the way you want to live. Just a few generations ago we would have been born, lived and died in the same communities with little opportunities for education, advancement and travel. How lu... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 23:45:53 EST A to Zs of Me - More Just for Funs Borrowed this from DisneyGleek's blog (hope she doesn't mind)... <BR> <BR> A - Available or married? Both. Out of all my friends, Euphrates will understand that best. <BR> B - Book? The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan <BR> C - Cake or Pie? “laid out a nice simple picnic lunch. There was nothing but pie. But there were all nine kinds of pie that"Jacqueline" liked best.” - In order, Cherry, Blueberry, Key Lime, Lemon Meringue, Pumpkin, Coconut, Apple, Rhubarb and Tortiere (paraphrase... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 23:35:21 EST Just for Fun This is floating around on a lot of blogs and I can't sleep right now, so let's do something light for fun... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:30 am <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? I don't eat it that often, but very rare. <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Avatar the Last Airbender. Inception was better. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? Battlestar Galactica until the end of Season 3. Fringe. <BR> <BR> 5. If y... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:06:34 EST Sleep Is Not Happening Tonight It's 1:00 am here and I was settling myself down for the night and I just got a call from my husband. <BR> <BR> He's currently working overseas. Seems there has been yet another death at the construction site where he is working yesterday, although instead of it being an accident it has all appearances of being from natural causes. But the locals are not so convinced it was natural. They're rioting, have taken over the site and right now his whole camp is in lock down mode and ready to ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 01:14:31 EST Well That Was a Second Eyeopener! Being the only woman on the planet that did not seem to own a bathroom scale, and seeing all the friend feed announcements and trophies of weight loss made me think that I should start tracking my weight too. So tonight I bought a scale. <BR> <BR> I haven't owned a scale or full length mirror for at least the last 15 years. My then live-in boyfriend thought I was a little too obsessed with my body. I would stand naked in front of the mirror for hours getting angrier and angrier at myself ... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:07:10 EST Jack, Samantha, Pete and Media Rules Attraction I was watching the episode of Stargate where Samantha dumps Pete. (Sorry if that's a spoiler to anyone). Really not a big surprise, they hardly ever had him in the show and anyone remotely familiar to the show know that it's Sam and Jack forever. <BR> <BR> Out of all of the characters on Stargate, I have a little crush for Pete, played by David Deluise. I think he's in all of four episodes, and barely in those at that. But it kind of brought the actor to my attention. I've seen him ... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 14:38:28 EST Last night's sleep and the day so far - Not so long winded today Ended up pulling some major OT last night. We have a deal going on that I swear started sometime back in the 13th century and continues to swamp us with work. Not that I'm complaining or anything. Usually my shift is a lonely time where I'm kept company with a good book or the internet. It's nice to be busy. Yesterday night more work came in and it was 1:30 before I was finished it (11 pm is usually my Sunday night close). The lawyer I was working with didn't seem impressed it took so ... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:50:12 EST Better Sleep Challenge Week 1 So I decided to sign up for the better sleep challenge. Not sure why exactly, I don't lead a lifestyle that exactly lends itself to getting much in the way of sleep. But I thought maybe I could get a little help, learn to maybe earn a couple extra hours of sleep that I desperately need and well hey, you get a lovely trophy afterwards for completing it! Love them trophies. <BR> <BR> For those of you who don't know me well, this is my schedule during the school year (summer is vaguely bett... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 17:08:58 EST Supersize Me! "Today I will be happier than a bird that just found a french fry." Now that's pretty happy. <BR> <BR> (This is a motivational card sitting on a co-worker's desk.) Fri, 6 Aug 2010 19:24:22 EST Exploring Toronto: Humber River, Old Mill & Marshes Discovery Walks This is one of a series of suggested walks from the City of Toronto. Discovery Walks explore scenic and historically significant areas of the city. Brochures outlining the different walks can be picked up at civic centres around the city or by downloading them from the City website. Each brochure includes brief descriptive highlights about the walk and a map of the suggested route. Most also give an approximate distance and time. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a bit behind in these and my camera is g... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 00:08:37 EST YIPPEE! Long Weekend! And getting back on track. As of 11 pm tonight, it's a four day "weekend" for me!!!! <BR> <BR> My weekends falls in the middle of the week, against the grain from the rest of the world. And when we have a Monday holiday, it means I get four glorious days off! <BR> <BR> Four days of no agreements, prospectuses, heretos, theretofores, neverthelesses, weird styling and numbering requests, broken documents, crazy undecipherable handwriting, office politics and that nasty office air that constantly leaves you stuffed up ... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 19:53:29 EST Biking with Boys On this cool afternoon finally took the kids for the bike ride in the park. If I didn't get a cardio workout from getting my near 40-year old butt in gear, i certainly got one after watching Chris take air off a 6 foot drop. He's okay and despite some bad scrapes gamely got back on the bike. Me still some shaken and sick. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:08:30 EST Another Goodbye Today my kids said goodbye to their best friend. She's moving to the other side of the country. <BR> <BR> We moved into a community four years ago that is mostly a retirement community. There aren't a lot of kids here. Our condo corp claims that they would like to see families here, but the neighbourhood itself isn't all that welcoming. Families tend to move in and leave fairly soon after. There really isn't a wealth of children to play with. In fact we have never lived in areas wit... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:13:26 EST Personal Tracking Wishes This may be TMI for any guys who may wander over here to check in, but I really, really wish that SP included tracking of monthly cycles. I know that there are plenty of applications and programs out there that do that. I could even use a calendar on the wall. But it would be really great if they could incorporate that into the SP fitness and nutrition measurements as well. It is the one serious time that I fall off the eating and fitness bandwagon and while I can definitely see the how ... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 23:02:45 EST What Was I Thinking! I needed to buy bread and milk this morning. Even though there is a grocery store a few blocks behind my house, it's expensive, so I'll usually pack the kids into the van and drive further away. But I figured, hey, it's a nice day, the dog needs a walk and neither one of us gets much exercise on the days I work. I've walked with him to the store before and it's been okay, but that was when the kids were in school. <BR> <BR> This time, it was two kids and the dog. Automatically I have to... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:43:36 EST Unsettled Woke up at 4am this morning with the oddest sensation that all was not right with the world. <BR> <BR> One child was sleeping with me, snoring away content. I replaced his lost tooth with the appropriate coinage. <BR> <BR> I checked the other child, all snug in her bed. Sleeping soundly. <BR> <BR> I checked the dog only to have him think that it must be time to go for his walk and get all worked up. <BR> <BR> I checked my husband's flight progess. Plane still in air. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 22:02:29 EST A Week or More of Catching Up Well I've been almost completely offline for the past ten days. The Husband Unit was back in town (leaving tomorrow) which tends to throw things off for a lot of different reasons but I'm back in the game now. <BR> <BR> It's been an unusually busy week. Usually when he's home he might tackle the odd project or two, or definitely play a lot of Mafia Wars and drink beer. When he's home, I've been trying to go out on my own, since I don't get to do that very often and have the odd friend t... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:53:24 EST Exploring Toronto: Lambton House Hotel & Lower Humber River Discovery Walk This is one of a series of suggested walks from the City of Toronto. Discovery Walks explore scenic and historically significant areas of the city. Brochures outlining the different walks can be picked up at civic centres around the city or by downloading them from the City website. Each brochure includes brief descriptive highlights about the walk and a map of the suggested route. Most also give an approximate distance and time. <BR> <BR> Three paths make up this walk. There two sug... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 01:22:36 EST Zip Zip Rip Rip Really wanted KFC or Chocolate today. The junk binge urge is at Red Level. <BR> <BR> Instead went for waxing, waxing and more waxing and then mani/pedi. Seriously more money than the treats I desired, in fact I have no more cash with which to indulge such things. Am a little bruised and sore. But I feeling all girly. And Bonus! I can wear shorts again! Whee! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>88</em> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:47:42 EST Learning to Relax During the Lazy Days of Summer It's official - life is getting to me! <BR> <BR> My sitter was very late for the second day in a row this morning. I usually like to take public transit to work. It's definitely cheaper, a few bucks a day to get there and since I work very late, my office pays for me to take cabs home. It's super expensive to park at my office and although my office pays for it, it can take a month to get reimbursed. Since I work odd hours, I don't deal with the rush hour crush, so it's way less stress... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 14:36:10 EST A Bittersweet Homecoming I got the word today that he is coming home on Monday. A few weeks early. My husband. <BR> <BR> He's an engineer and works overseas. With an exception of about five months last year, he has been working in Africa for the last three years. He works there for a couple of months and comes home for two weeks. His travel time eats into his time off so in reality he's only home for 10 days at a time, approximately 60 days a year. <BR> <BR> In a lot of ways I understand what it is to be ... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 23:55:53 EST Pledging to Blog Back my Spark. Finding the time to blog has been a huge challenge. Especially now that the summer has hit, I’m finding my days fuller and fuller and squeezed for every precious moment. Sitting down and writing has been more difficult to justify when I have long summer days with children to occupy, working for long, long shifts and piles of laundry, healthy meals to prepare, dishes to wash, exercise to get in, dog to walk, friends to see, city to explore, books to read, bills to pay, and all the million an... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 22:18:05 EST Back in the Saddle There's a saying that goes something along the line that once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget. I was kind of skeptical about that but learned this week that it's true. <BR> <BR> Both of my kids are learning to ride bikes. My son has been at it the longest, but is still very wobbly. My daughter has been doing it for the last couple of years and while she's on training wheels still she has a lot more confidence and I can guarantee she'll be tooling about without them before... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 23:10:37 EST Working From Home Well, we're working from home this weekend. Time to cozy up with tea and yoga pants. No pinchy shoes and uncomfy bras! No makeup! No stressful atmosphere. Doing yoga, running laundry, cooking dinner between jobs. Hanging with my kids. That's actually the best part! I hardly ever get to spend real time with either one of them. In fact it would be a dream if I could do this all the time. That would be 3/4 of my paycheck back in my pocket instead of to a sitter. Sigh. Can't get too u... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:12:52 EST Surreal Doesn't Even Begin to Survive It Yes, that's right, survive it. Describing it will take some time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was one of those days where you start to think you've actually somehow been written into one of those cheesy, really melodramatic made for tv movies. The events of the day become more and more absurd to the point it can't get any stranger and then whammo, SURPRISE! <BR> <BR> It started up right away first thing in the morning. See, I used to work days and used to have an almost two hour commute even... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 22:45:49 EST Exploring Toronto: Toronto Discovery Walks and Toronto Trails. If you are new to Toronto, you may be interested to hear that the City has a program of self-guided Discovery Walks to help you explore both the sights and history of the City. Even if you have lived here all of your life, you may find the walks to be insightful and open up new experiences that enrich the big city life. I also highly recommend these as a wonderful family activity. <BR> <BR> There are currently 11 suggested walks ranging from wooded trails and ravines, historical interes... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:36:43 EST Exploring Toronto: Summerlea Park Summerlea Park is a very large, beautiful park located in the Rexdale Region of Etobicoke. It is part of the chain of conservation lands and parks set aside after the devastation of Hurricane Hazel in the 1950’s. Summerlea has a lot to offer and I would recommend this park to anyone looking to change up their routines. <BR> Most notable here at the park is its connection with the Toronto cycling paths. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 10:58:16 EST What Motivates Me? Part Two - My Kids It would, logically, make more sense that my kids should motivate more than my dog. After all, they are my flesh and blood! But they actually fall second to keeping me active mainly because we live in different time zones so to speak. They go to school all day. I work all night and on weekends. I hardly ever see them for long periods of time. <BR> <BR> But when I really got to thinking about it, my kids are some of the most active people I know. They certainly didn't get it from me! ... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 23:58:42 EST Strawberry Stand, Part 2 Well the past week and a half went much better than before. Yes there was still some eating out here and there, but for the most part we stuck to the plan. <BR> <BR> A huge relief was finding a company that provides a delivery service of local produce. Right now, not everything in the box is local in order to provide some variety, although most of it is. A lot of what is available right now is greenhouse produce, but that’s fine with me, I’m just thankful to have it to begin with! Wha... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 23:46:25 EST Exploring Toronto: Cruickshank, Lions, Raymore & Ukrainian Canadian Memorial Parks (I will be submitting a series of blogs over the summer months featuring many of the numerous parks in the Toronto area. While the school year is in session and I'm tied to my childrens' schedule, I will be sticking to parks close to home, but hope to explore a wide variety of our urban nature, both well known and hidden gems. I still consider myself fairly new to this city and have been trying to explore every nook and cranny.) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 6 Jun 2010 00:53:51 EST What motivates me? Part One - Dookie the Dog I have seen this question asked around this site. What motivates you? There are a few things that motivate me to get more active and I thought I'd explore a few. <BR> <BR> Motivation One: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meet Dookie. A mix of four of the most active dogs around (Border Collie, Lab, German Shepard and Huskie, although he really looks and acts most like a Border Collie), this dog is on hyperdrive. He's generally ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 19:50:22 EST The Strawberry Stand, Part One I have started a new goal this summer - “100 days for the 100 mile diet”. For the little over 100 days between the Canadian Victoria Day weekend and Labour days, I will try to restrict as much of my food as possible to the 100 miles surrounding my home. <BR> <BR> It all started last summer. At the height of strawberry season, I went to the grocery store to buy strawberries for that all important summer staple, strawberry shortcake. Point of origin is not something I pay too much attenti... Fri, 28 May 2010 23:49:47 EST What a total horrible week What a sorry sight I have been. <BR> <BR> First my Back went out. Then I caught the flu. After almost a week of not being able to each much at all, I'm still feeling pretty weak. <BR> <BR> I'm not bouncing back the way I used to. Very frustrating. <BR> <BR> It doesn't help either that my husband is home. He considers activity to be Mafia Wars on his computer. Feel the urge to fall back into to old couch potato ways. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today is my birthday, the start of a new year ... Thu, 20 May 2010 10:41:33 EST Yes it's Spring, but I'm not a Spring Chicken It's back! My Back! The Pain! <BR> <BR> Dear body. I feel so much younger then how you're behaving. You seriously need to read the memo and get with the program! <BR> <BR> Getting a not too subtle reminder that my body is starting that downward slide. <BR> <BR> When I first started my career, I worked in a firm specializing in personal injury law. I was really young, and super fit and while sympathetic to clients in pain, I really didn't get it. I couldn't understand how back and ... Mon, 10 May 2010 11:33:54 EST Tick Tock, A Mother’s Clock. Ahh, the modern mom. Much is made of that old friend the Biological Clock, but once a woman enters mommyhood, the meaning of that silent, inner ticking changes radically. <BR> <BR> There are many standards placed upon the modern woman, with mothers not being an exception. And whether real or perceived, they, along with the actual demands of life add up to make one timed out mama. <BR> <BR> First of all sleep. We are all told that the right level of sleep is eight hours. Never mind tha... Sun, 9 May 2010 10:38:26 EST Vacation from my Car Once upon a time, I was carless. And fit. Just starting out on my own, I couldn't afford a vehicle. Living in a small city, I walked everywhere I needed to be and on the really long trips I took the bus. A bus strike in the city I lived in at the time once forced me to walk to and from work, an almost 2 hour walk each way. That summer I was the fittest I had ever been. <BR> <BR> Then I got married. And moved to suburbia in the U.S. where public transportation was non-existent. I lived... Wed, 5 May 2010 10:55:12 EST