ONEPURSUIT's SparkPeople Blog ONEPURSUIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Coming clean So... this morning, I decided to spot clean the carpet in my main living area. (I have a dog who has been sick & is still learning the whole housebreaking routine, and I thought it would be a brilliant idea for me to spot clean the areas where she has been most likely to have her accidents.) <BR> <BR> So I borrowed a Bissel "Little Green" steam cleaner from a friend. It's small cleaner that consists of a base unit with a reservoir for the water/cleaning solution, a container for all the dirt... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:41:06 EST Surgical Weight Loss My father was the first person I ever knew who had surgical weight loss. He lost a tremendous amount of weight in a relatively short time, and managed to keep it off for the rest of his life. <BR> <BR> But he didn't have weight loss surgery. <BR> <BR> He had open heart surgery. <BR> <BR> It was the early 1980s. I was only 8 years old and he was only 40 when he had a massive heart attack. I don't know how much he weighed at the time, but he was a large man. I don't remember him being "fat",... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:32:58 EST Adopted a shelter dog today This morning, I got up, ate breakfast... then went to the city pound and adopted a dog. I'm hoping she'll turn out to be a great playmate for the dog I already have. She's about a year old and she's really sweet... but she also comes with challenges. Aside from the normal shelter dog struggles, when I took her to the vet, I found out that she is heartworm positive. That was devastating news. <BR> <BR> A dog her age has a pretty good chance of coming through the treatment and recovering. But... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:57:59 EST More new toys & motivation I added a new toy today: the FitBit Aria scale. I say it's a toy, but in reality it is likely to be an instrument of torture. In a good way, of course. I've never had a scale with a wifi connection before. So now, instead of tracking my weight manually (where I would be tempted to "fudge" the numbers a bit if I had a bad weigh in), my numbers will be transmitted to FitBit and Sparkpeople automagically... so, for better or worse, I have a new accountability tool! Now I just have to force mysel... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:10:22 EST New to the site Not really sure what to write here. But I thought I'd give it a try anyway :) <BR> <BR> I'm terrible about starting things and not following through... hoping I can break that habit. <BR> <BR> So far, I've installed the app, linked my sparkpeople to my fitbit account, and started tracking my food. At this point, I'm not even trying to eat healthy -- I'm just getting what I'd normally get and trying to enter it faithfully. Facing the facts about what I'm actually eating is a bit sobering. L... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:04:39 EST