OAKSHAVEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OAKSHAVEN OAKSHAVEN'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/ Emotional Eating 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093975 If I ever had any doubts that a lot of my overeating is emotionally based, this week is demonstrating it to the max. What I am noticing is that I am not only not overeating, but I'm not really all that hungry. I was going to make vegetable beef soup for dinner last night, and realized when it was time to make it that I wasn't really very hungry for it. Instead, I had a big salad with some grilled chicken breast on top of it. It lasted me the entire evening (I usually am feeling snackish b... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:16:40 EST Reporting from vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091620 Ahhhhh. I know I was off for the weekend as well, but this is the first morning I woke up and thought--I really don't have to go to work today!!! I have great plans for my time off (about six months' worth to stuff into a week), and I have to admit I haven't done much of anything today. Saturday I did a "rough mow" on the lawn with my little riding tractor. I need to get out and mow it really well, mow the side of the road, and mow down to the lake and get the dam mowed down before winte... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 17:03:18 EST Eating at McDonald's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065299 Yep, I just finished eating at McDonald's. I'd like to tell you that it is an abberation, but I have been totally off track for the last couple weeks again. Part of it is busyness. The lack of exercise is due to physical ailments. <BR> <BR> After our garage sale, I was so tired and achy that I didn't get any exercise done for a couple days, and seem to have just gotten out of the habit. Of course, that means that I have started to stiffen up again, and that makes it harder to get going... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:57:55 EST Guess it frees up my Mondays at least. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054944 I know I disappeared for a good week there. No problem, just really busy. First of all, I have just plain overcommitted. Things will calm down in about three months, but for right now I have more going on than I have time. <BR> <BR> Last week, the biggest busyness was getting ready for a garage sale with my SILs parents, hereafter referred to as the ILs. They have been through a really long hard time, with caring for their parents for 16 years, the last four seeing his father move in w... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:14:39 EST Feels much more like Missouri today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039309 It has finally rained for an entire day!! I wish our neighbors to the south hadn't had to take such a beating for it to happen, but in the wake Isaac it has actually been raining most of the day here. I walked out of work into air that felt like a wet blanket--much more what I am used to in Missouri than the dry heat we have had all summer. I'm a little achy with the barometric pressure change, but I can and will live with it. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I have continued to do pretty well ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:03:48 EST Week 2, gaining control of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036483 I'm well into week 2 of my restart, and only one fairly minor slip. In fact, I need to get in an additional 200-300 calories by tonight, and I've already eaten dinner. The only slip was a McDonald's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit on Monday morning. I was half-way to work, and realized I hadn't eaten breakfast (hit the snooze alarm too many times). I've exercised every day, and may hit 750 minutes for the month, after all. I still need to get that in today, but I knew if I didn't come home... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 19:17:28 EST Made it through a whole day. So proud of myself!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024071 I've gotten through this entire day without spending a dime, and especially not spending that dime on food I didn't need. <BR> <BR> I started this morning by taking a fruit smoothie with me when I left home for breakfast, then left my wallet in the car so I wouldn't be able to give in to temptation at work. Since we park nearly 1/2 mile from my office, once it is left in the car, it stays in the car. <BR> <BR> Had a Fiber One bar before leaving work so I wouldn't be starving on the wa... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:53:47 EST Thinking about goals and how to stick to them again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022277 I just realized that it has been TWO WEEKS since I last posted a blog. Time to catch up with myself. When I last talked to you, I was concerned about retirement and realizing that I spend way too much money on restaurants, and I had gotten new shoes at the behest of a podiatrist, and was feeling much better. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've basically been fooling around, doing a little one day, a little more the next, then nothing at all on another day. This has got to stop!! <BR> <BR> I know ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 19:58:45 EST <em>501</em> Hey, I put some new shoes on.... <em>276</em> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005878 It's ridiculous how much I have spent on shoes in the last few months. First there were the fancy running shoes, now four pairs of steet shoes (actually, 2 pairs of shoes and 2 of sandals) that cost just as much for each pair. Even more ridiculous: after wearing those expensive shoes for the last few days, my feet not only feel 100% better, but I feel better in general. I didn't realize how much having that low grade pain with each step was affecting my general health and well-being. <B... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 22:47:42 EST The week that was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002319 I've done a lot better this last week than I had been doing. Got to the gym several times, and while I haven't precisely eaten well, I have kept it down to a dull roar. <BR> <BR> Went to the podiatrist last week (I blogged about that), and he said I needed better shoes (read: expensive) and recommended a specific local shop that sells European made shoes. Went in there, and I have to admit the ones I bought feel better than any I have had for years, even though I spent $500 on them. I... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 18:46:31 EST Finding a balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001101 It is always hard for me to find a balance. Enough time with friends and family and enough "me" time. Time enough for the work I need to do around the house, and time for fitness and cooking and eating right. <BR> <BR> Then there is today. Did a little housework this morning (and just realized the sheets are still in the dryer), but sat down to relax this afternoon, and immediately got the munchies. At least I realized what was happening--that I wasn't at all hungry, but just wanted th... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 19:20:41 EST My first anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998609 Yesterday was my one year anniversary since really setting out to "do" SparkPeople. I am annoyed with myself that I have not only lost more weight, but have actually regained about 10 pounds that I had lost by last winter. That is really the only downside, though. <BR> <BR> The good news: <BR> 1. I have found I actually enjoy exercising when I can play on the machines at the gym, and I am not feeling intimidated by the other people at the gym. Part of that is that a lot of them are my ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:11:53 EST What a relief!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986921 Have had a day of excellent news today. First, I went to the podiatrist. My doctor had thought I might need surgery on my right foot. The podiatrist says it isn't that bad yet, and all I need is different shoes. That I can live with. Instead of the neuroma my own doctor thought it might be, it is just a couple bone spurs from arthritis, which make it so my big toe doesn't bend enough on that side. He says it may need surgery in the future, but right now it can be handled conservatively.... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:56:28 EST my computer is well, and I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985345 Turns out my computer had a virus. Only one, but it was a doozey. So, $50 later, I'm back on line. For reasons that escape me, they reset my home page to bing (I have now reset it to SparkPeople) and they changed my screen background to this very bright, difficult to read around background (also now reset). I've really missed all of you. It is obviously going to take a while to get caught up. Please be patient. <BR> <BR> Got most of the carpets cleaned this last weekend. I hadn't go... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:33:00 EST Maybe I should change my name to Sisyphus? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964464 I just finished reading Deborah's (Lunadragon's) blog about being in neutral, and I got thinking about how hard it is to keep trying to push myself up the hill of health. <BR> <BR> Remember Sisyphus? He was the guy in Greek mythology who was sentenced to push a big rock up a hill for eternity. Every time he got to the top, the rock would roll back down, and he would have to start again. What a great metaphor for what I have done with my health all of my life!! I just start to get myself ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 20:25:20 EST Thoughts on sleep, developed during my walk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963118 I started down the road, and decided that I would walk all the way to Remie Rd. I was thinking it was about a 3 mile round trip. I was noticing all the different odors out there. The dry, dusty scent of Queen Anne's Lace and chicory. The odor of the cattle field (which I happen to like, but some rain would really improve it some), and the smell of someone making brownies in one of the houses. <BR> <BR> As I walked, I was thinking about why I let myself get so low on sleep that I am phy... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 23:23:56 EST I think I was just tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962869 Back to concentrating on getting enough sleep. I did end up coming home this morning with a headache, promptly fell asleep on the couch. I woke up nearly four hours later when my pager went off. Just as well--I might still be asleep otherwise. Anyway, I feel 100% better. Guess I was mostly just tired. <BR> <BR> I should have just called in to begin with, but years of habit overcame my better sense. This is the first job I have ever had where if I didn't turn up, it made more work for... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 20:34:56 EST Another lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959899 After goofing off all day Wednesday, I have pretty well repeated the experience today. I didn't sleep well Thursday night (happens at least once every full moon), so I slept too hard last night, and woke with a slight headache and a queasy stomach. I took some ibuprofen and napped off and on between reading and messing around on SparkPeople, but didn't actually accomplish much of anything. <BR> <BR> I am almost out of pre-cooked and frozen entrees, which I take to work for lunch, so I di... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 23:23:18 EST Catch up blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956949 Haven't been keeping up with my blogging at all well lately, so this is my "catch up blog". <BR> <BR> Went to the Girl Scout campout last weekend. Spent most of the day helping to launch canoes. I had muscles aching that I didn't even know I had, and my knees and hips are still not very happy with me. Took my daughter's group to archery as well, so had a "sit down" time then. It was over 100 degrees, but the humidity was really low (only about 30%), which just doesn't happen in Missour... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 18:49:07 EST July goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953152 OK, it's a simple one. I made my annual examination appointment for July 24. I want to be at least hovering back at 200 lbs by that time. 209.2 today, so it's a stretch, but I really want to be back there before I see my doctor. <BR> <BR> My Will Power seems to have wimped out for months now, but I swear I am going to find it again and kick its butt until it cooperates. Tue, 3 Jul 2012 08:34:25 EST Sitting here teary eyed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942753 Just got to work, and came on to record today's weight (up another 2 lbs--sigh), and found all of your responses to yesterday's blog. I'm sitting here behind my desk, turned away from the entrance to my cubicle, because I have tears in my eyes. Thanks to all of you for your support. I'm going to get to talking to all of you individually sometime today, but in the meantime, I wanted to let you know how much it means to me to have all of you behind me. Better go wash my face and get myself ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:10:04 EST Not doing too well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941214 I've been in a blue funk for over a week, eating everything in sight and not exercising. At this point I have gained back 10 of the pounds I had lost, four of them in the last week. It is ridiculous, and all I am doing by eating myself into the ground is adding to my blue funk. Tried to put on a pair of jeans that I have been wearing yesterday, and they wouldn't button. I have GOT to get myself back together. <BR> <BR> A lot of it is that I am just plain depressed, and most of it is rela... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:45:40 EST stuck again, but got it done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918412 Over on calories again today, but only by 200 this time, so I figure I'm gaining (or preferably losing) on it. AND I did 30 minutes on the treadmill and lots of ST at the gym, so that is good to go. <BR> <BR> I did take off from work about an hour early. The only constructive thing I had left to do was some filing, and I couldn't get in the room with my files anyway. Some computer types are working on voice recognition software for the doctors' dictation. The idea, as I understand it, ... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 23:58:28 EST Day 4: not exactly a streak, but at least a good healthy stripe. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917037 Started out the day well--good breakfast, good lunch, but by the time I got to lunch it was almost 2PM. I was in a nursing home this morning, and was trying to get my part of the work done so the doctor could do his. Also, I have to admit, it is much pleasanter to eat sitting in my car in the park down the road than perched at the edge of a nurse's desk under the feet of all of the staff. So, of course I was too hungry, AND I was bummed because I was out early enough that I could not just... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 23:16:26 EST Streakin', day 3, and I figured out what the bad smell is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915504 OK, day 3, and if I can avoid eating anything before I go to bed, I am still streakin' away. <BR> <BR> Ate too much for breakfast again (I need to stop eating in the cafeteria/cafe at work), but kept the calories under control otherwise. I thought about going to the gym, but realized that the lawn needed mown really badly, that mowing is also good exercise, and that I was unlikely to talk myself into doing both the gym and the lawn, so I came home and got most of that out of the way. Still... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 22:28:39 EST My Two Day Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913979 OK, two days in a row I've kept it together, which is quite an accomplishment considering what I have been doing lately. Calories in a reasonable range. Got my exercise in. Ate my veggies. Haven't gotten to the de-cluttering part yet, but that will come. I did get an appointment with someone to come fix the garage door (it is out of kilter since I spent a fortune getting the foundation fixed. Guess it raised the house enough to throw that off.), and e-mailed my piano tuner, since the pi... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 22:53:53 EST Ashamed of myself for being so lazy, but getting better--and 30 cents richer for it tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910591 OK, going to Iowa to help my Mom move, only to find out that she had no intention of actually moving last weekend, really took it out of me, but that is really no excuse for this last week. <BR> <BR> I drove five hours on Saturday, only to get there and find that almost everything was already packed, but Mom had made up her mind (in spite of being given the key and told she could start moving by the landlord) that he might not want her to move until this week, when the lease on her new apa... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 21:44:47 EST Time for bed, but haven't blogged for two weeks, and I'm gonna anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896898 These last couple of weeks have been just frantic. I need to be getting to bed now, but still have clothes in the dryer anyway, and thought I would put the time to good use. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, went to a Medicare "boot camp" (seems to be the in catch phrase right now), and learned a lot. I'll need to be applying in a year, so I'm starting to gather information. One thing I found out is that my mother is probably paying twice what she really needs to for insurance. I called her, and ask... Thu, 24 May 2012 23:27:36 EST Awesome Full Moon weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869512 Except for walking around in mis-matched shoes all day and not being able to sleep last night, this weekend has gone very smoothly for a Full Moon. <BR> <BR> Started out with my granddaughter on Friday night and well into Saturday. We didn't do much, but I enjoy having her around. She came up with one of those magical things she says fairly often. We had had a late breakfast, so at 11AM, I wasn't too excited about getting lunch. All at once she piped up with "Grandma, I feel snackish. ... Sun, 6 May 2012 21:52:10 EST Making this do-able http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860323 I realized today that this time is different. I've lost weight before, usually 20-30 pounds, but then have not only stopped losing weight, but have stopped trying to maintain where I am. This time is already different, because, although my weight loss has been stalled for several months now, I am still working at it. <BR> <BR> Part of that is all of you. The encouragement, and the courage, of others who are making this journey, or who have already made it and are maintaining, gives me hop... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:18:20 EST Back after a really big week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858207 Didn't get much Sparking or official exercising done last week, and ate on the run most days, but it was a really good week. <BR> <BR> We were in dress rehearsal for our concert every evening, then the concert was on Thursday evening. We sang something by Johann Michael Haydn (not Franz Joseph), and a Shostakovich thing. The Haydn I could have lived without--never did really warm up to it--but the Shostakovich was a kick. It was about the execution of Stenka Razin, who really was executed... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:02:28 EST So how do I track THIS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850267 Knew I wasn't going to get to the gym today (meeting someone for dinner at 5:00, then dress rehearsal until 9:30). We just started a new challenge at work, all of us divided into Teams, with the winning Team to be whichever one has lost the most weight 12 weeks from now. One of the other Team members blogged that she was going to walk up and down the seven flights of stairs in the main hospital every day she is here. I decided that sounded like a good idea, so I did it. I'll tell you, tha... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:07:52 EST My Skinny Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839647 How ironic. There is an article here today about why we should get rid of our skinny pants. A week or so ago, I pulled out some clothes that didn't fit last summer, and have been wearing some of them. Today, I put on a pair of slacks that were WAY too tight last summer, to the point of being painful to wear. I have been pulling them up, hitching them up, pulling down my shirt, and generally uncomfortable all day--they are so loose they are threatening to fall off. Guess it's time for the... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:12:57 EST Recognition from a stranger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838549 Took a lot of talking to get myself up and out for my run/walk today. Then I found that my back and hips were unhappy with me (a lot of lifting on Saturday), and I could not run as far as I have been at a stretch. I decided to do what I could, and ran for five short stretches on the way out. <BR> <BR> As I was jogging along near the far end of my route, a man was out messing with a BBQ grill. We waved at each other, and he said, "Good going with the exercise." I stopped for a minute, a... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 23:37:50 EST Attitude adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836414 I was discouraged and disappointed this morning to climb on the scale and find that it read a little higher this week than last week. I have been so proud of myself this last couple of weeks, and it was frustrating to not find that effort reflected by the number on the scale. <BR> <BR> Gave myself a talking to, and said, "Self, you know you are seeing a lot of non-scale victories. You know this is only a number, and doesn't really mean all that much. You know what you have accomplished th... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:21:45 EST Life is what happens while I am making plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833935 I knew I was going to eat out Wednesday night, and I did go to the local vegetarian place. Excellent food, have no idea how to track it, but Oh, well... Reasonably priced as well, so I didn't feel badly about spending money on a restaurant. Went to the gym after choir practice, so we are talking 8:30 in the evening, the first time I was free to do it all day. Did my promised 30 minutes on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> Then last night, I was planning to come home, do my run/walk, and e... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 20:16:49 EST eating out tonight, exercising late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830684 This is going to be my night to eat out this week, mostly because there isn't time to get home between work and when I have to be back in town at 6PM--at least, there is, but not enough time to eat or do anything else when I get there except turn around and come back. Since my schedule is so tight, exercise is going to have to be at the gym after choir practice, so I'm looking at 8:30-9 PM. I'll have to check my glucose tomorrow early, and see if Pat is right about it bringing down that mor... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:57:37 EST Think I've found the key to One-derland again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829429 This morning when I weighed (not official, just curiosity), I was hovering at just under 201, Maybe that is why it was easier for me to stick to the program today. I ate well, with LOTS of vegies (7 servings!! Not counting the fruits!!), didn't spend a dime (wasn't even tempted to buy something to put in my mouth!!) and got in my exercise. I didn't actually do my run/walk today--it was just a walk. I got to the asphalt, started to jog, and my knees and hips immediately started saying "Ow... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:50:03 EST I will not poop out, I will not poop out, I will not poop out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827916 Did OK with the not spending extra money on extra food, and on getting all my vegies in, but came really close to not doing the 30 minutes of exercise I promised myself I would do every day this week. <BR> <BR> I got home, and was hungry, and knew that I needed to eat before I exercised (I do learn from experience), but of course by then I had sat down with a good book, and absolutely did NOT want to get off the couch again. I had told myself I was going to put together the new lawn mower... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 22:58:10 EST OK, I know I already blogged once today, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826154 OK, I know I already blogged once today, but I have to brag. <BR> <BR> My goals for the weeks stand at: <BR> 1. Did "eat out" at lunch--fundraiser brunch for our youth group at church. It's a tradition. Going to count it as a donation rather than as an "eat out". Went to the grocery store, spent $100.oo, including lots of vegies...and managed to get out of the store without buying even one thing not on my shopping list! <BR> 2. OK, so I needed to eat before I ran this ... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:05:03 EST Don't know whether I'm happy with myself or not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825403 Got up at 6 AM this morning, and decided that since I did literally nothing yesterday (never did get myself off the couch to exercise), I should go for my run/walk this morning, before I got lazy or distracted. I also decided I wasn't hungry yet, and would run, shower, then eat. Happy news: I ran for longer stretches than I have previously, and shaved a minute off my overall fastest time. Sad news: I knew better than do this without eating. My blood sugar reading is always highest in th... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 09:04:24 EST Good news, I think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820767 Construction guy was here. He says there is no leak between the outdoor faucet and the meter down by the road, and showed me how he knows. He thinks I may have not gotten the faucet turned off tightly, and that is what caused all the water on the lawn. I sure hope he is right, but it is a LOT of water out there. He said to give it a few days, keep an eye on it, and let him know if it continues to happen. He didn't charge me to come out and look at this, but I think I am going to send him... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 19:13:01 EST Life is what happens... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820595 Keeping on track with my Not Spending Extra Money and Calories challenge, but I am not going to get a chance to do my semi-run today after all. Went out to water my garden bright and early this morning, only to realize that the entire side yard is soaked. Called the construction guy, hoping that it was something they did during the construction, but he says he thinks it is in the house pipe that is actually up in the wall, although he needs to check further. I need to meet him after work a... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 16:33:56 EST I'm not eating what I'm not spending. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819398 I have to admit that most of the challenges I have tried so far don't really do it for me. They sound good, but don't usually end up really getting at what I need. <BR> <BR> I am doing the Sweet Tooth challenge right now, and heaven knows I need it, but it isn't quite what works for me. Between needing multiple house repairs and facing a cut in my hours at work this summer, I am seriously concerned about money. I went and looked at the Spark Guy team for money, and to the voluntary simpli... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 22:30:08 EST Running down the road to fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817703 Went for my run/walk again today. Still concentrating on keeping my head up and shoulders back. I find that I can run quite a way down hill, not v ery far on the flat...and I'm still leery of trying to actually run up hill. There are two downhill stretches on the route I am taking, and I am starting at the top of each hill, and running until it starts to trend upwards again. I haven't really counted, but one is at least 300 steps, and the other, which I did try to count, is at least 200 s... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 22:52:06 EST Repositioning my posture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813821 During his talk to our Couch to 5K group, the personal trainer said that most people walk and run looking down at their feet, and that it is hard on our bodies to do that. I was feeling pretty smug, convinced that I don't do that, but when I got out and started really paying attention, I realized that I do indeed tend to walk with my head hanging down and shoulders slumped. How embarrassing. <BR> <BR> So: yesterday and today while doing my walk/run, I have been concentrating on keeping my... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:31:17 EST Last day with my granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4810533 We have had such a good week!! My granddaughter has been here since Sunday, and we have had a good time just messing around. Her friend was here overnight on Tuesday, and left yesterday afternoon. I have had the electrician out of cope with some minor but annoying problems, gotten the lawn tractor picked up to get repaired (flat tire, dead battery, and general tune-up/maintenance), and had them take the standard push mower to do its oil change and tune up as well, since I already had them h... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:21:27 EST Laid back week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807707 My 11 year old granddaughter has been here since Sunday evening, and one of her BFFs just arrived. We have gardened a lot, and talked, and played Uno, and they are now intent on watching a movie. After the construction, the workers spread out some kind of mesh with grass seed and straw in it. It seems to be working fine to make grass, but Cori found a nest of five black snakes caught in it, and has been intent yesterday and today on trying to rescue them. At this point, four of them are d... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:12:32 EST getting it back together today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803682 Took yesterday off, and I obviously really needed to do that. Today I woke up at 6:30, and by 7:30 had changed out the cat litter, swept, showered, cleaned the tub and bathroom and kitchen sinks, and weighed in. Yesterday, I barely talked myself into signing on, and couldn't talk myself into doing a blog at all. Today--here I am, blogging away. <BR> <BR> Started the Dump the Sweets challenge (I know that isn't what it is called, but can't pull the name out right now), and have discovered ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 09:15:59 EST This is going to take longer than nine weeks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795873 Did my second outdoor "run" since starting my Couch to 5K effort on Wednesday (another day was 10 minutes on the treadmill, so three this week). The trainer at the session said it was better to work at this on asphalt, since that is what we will be running on, and the treadmill doesn't give the same "feel". It sure doesn't. I went 1.37 miles according to the SparkPeople tracker, and "ran" (read: a reasonably fast trot) a total of seven times. This is actually more than the program calls ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:21:24 EST