ONTHEPATH2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ONTHEPATH2 ONTHEPATH2'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/ Where's Barb? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030413 This week of hiking included Seiad Valley back on day 243. The Seiad Café has a pancake eating challenge..... 5 pancakes...... however each one weighs one pound! I passed on that one. I eat a lot some days, but even I couldn't do that! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9245171-ef91-4d7f-849c-9653bca2d774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So on we hiked, leaving the valley behind us. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0fcc899-7970-4aaf-9798-fc0f91d2f9a2.jpg"> <BR> <... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:46:24 EST Pecan pies, sadness, loss and feeling lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023756 My dear friend's son committed suicide a few years ago. She called her best friend in Detroit to break the news to her. Her friend dropped everything got in her car and made the 3 hour trip to Grand Rapids. My friend immediately went to a bakery and purchased a pecan pie (her friend's favorite). She brought it home and put it on the counter. While waiting, she thought to herself "I think I'll test that pie to make sure it is good". She cut herself a small piece. She waited, alone in her... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:33:52 EST My dear friend died last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020579 I am unable to blog right now, but I just wanted to share that my dear friend that I have blogged about in the past died last night. I am extremely sad, but grateful for the time we had together. Rest in peace Cat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0021373-e1fc-47f4-8238-890720d48f87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will post more at a later date. Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:42:27 EST I wish I was a little bit taller..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014892 Anyone remember that song? Got you chanting away? <BR> <BR> Yep, I've always wished I was a little bit taller. I always wanted longer legs. <BR> <BR> I wish a lot of things. I wish relationships didn't end. I wish friends didn't move far away. I wish we could forgive each other with no regrets or expectations. I wish I never got hit by that van. I wish my knee was MY knee, not a mechanical piece of titanium and plastic. I wish I had the mobility I had before the accident. I wish I ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:22:15 EST Routines, the daily grind, the rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014310 I always like to think..... if I didn't have to work, I would do this and that and other things. However, I have to work. I have a routine - which at times feels like a daily grind - and even a rut a times. <BR> <BR> Of course I shake it up a bit - but they are little, tiny shakeups - maybe instead of walking the dog I will go to the gym, or get on the treadmill. Maybe instead of making dinner, I will stop by the mall, do a little shopping and pick up or make something quick to eat. <BR> ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:08:32 EST visitors, art, art and more art http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012254 This week has been a bit crazy for me. There are just not enough hours! I know, I could say no to some time commitments..... but I don't want to! <BR> <BR> I have a friend visiting from Phoenix. This has interfered with my exercise schedule and has also had some effect on my eating. Still doing my best at eating healthy and staying within calorie count, but eating out more than usual and more difficult to track as many places are not chain restaurants with websites to track nutrition. <B... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 16:22:50 EST One week in 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009876 Saturday marked the end of the first week of the 5% challenge. I did well. I exercised 120 minutes every day except one. I drank all my water and then some. I counted calories, tracked nutrition. I lost one pound. Not a lot..... but it's a start of movement towards my goal! <BR> <BR> Friday I went for lunch to one of the local Polish halls for Pulaski Days. I had a traditional Polish dinner which was difficult to track.... kielbasa, pierogis, kapusta, golumbki.... I did my best but I ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:09:03 EST New fitbit! Pulaski Days! Head examined... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008099 My new fitbit arrived and I am happy to report it is recording steps once again! <BR> <BR> I received the official results from the Blue Blaze Trail Run/Walk people and believe it or not, this girl came in 5th place! Apparently some of those other people who I thought were walkers, were actually 5k runners. There was only a field of 11 walkers - but hey, I finished in the top half, huffing, puffing and all! I'm feeling pretty good about that! <BR> <BR> Today starts the Pulaski Days cel... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 15:22:22 EST Sad day - a little lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006871 Monday my fitbit started acting up. It kept setting the timer all by itself! I would be sitting at my desk and it would vibrate and the timer would set. I would turn it off and a couple seconds later it would do it again. Finally, I just left it on. By the end of the day the battery needed to be recharged - but it did count my steps for the day. Yesterday when I went to get it off the charger, it wouldn't turn on. It was dead. <BR> <BR> I dug around and managed to find an old pedome... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:46:59 EST Details, trail runs and angels... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005666 I remember as a teenager I wanted to paint my bedroom lavender. My dad took me to the paint store and we picked out the perfect paint color. When we got home he told me to take down all my posters and things on the walls. I quickly did that. I couldn't wait to get that lavender paint up on the walls! <BR> <BR> After the posters were down, he had me wash down the walls so all the tape and sticky spots were gone. OK! Bust open that paint can! <BR> <BR> What? No? Now we had to fill all... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:55:46 EST The Whale.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003966 Yesterday I went to a nearby town to see the play "The Whale". The overview of the play said it was about a "600 pound recluse who hides away in his apartment and is slowly eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen". <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew this play would push a lot of buttons with me. Being obese, having a severely obese friend who is walk... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:24:52 EST Reset Day 114: Whales, Visions and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003301 I am on the diversity committee at work. As part of our diversity initiative we are sponsoring a theatre that is performing plays that address current issues, raise awareness and encourage dialogue. Tonight is the first performance I will be attending. It is called "The Whale". Yep, The Whale. <BR> <BR> The Whale explores issues of obesity and body shaming. It is about a 600 pound reclusive man and his desperate attempts to reconnect with his long estranged teenage daughter. At first I... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:07:45 EST Reset day 114: 200 days on the PCT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002194 Today is day 200 on the PCT. I started the trail in Southern California at the Mexico border. Today I am in Northern California closing in on the Oregon border. <BR> <BR> I am in stage 33 of the trail, Old Station to Burney Falls. Hoping there are really falls in Burney Falls as it has been a hot last few days on the trail. The hikers are reporting temps in the 100's. However, I will say, at least in this section of the trail there are trees to take shelter from that hot sun (unlike the... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:50:39 EST Reset day 113: craft fairs, costco and slippery slopes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001582 This weekend I went to a fall arts/crafts fair in one of the local parks. I wandered for hours. Fall flowers, pumpkins, the smell of apples baking with cinnamon, beautiful crafts, pottery, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, you name it - it was there. I thought for sure I would have gotten in lots of steps but I think the pace of the shuffling around barely moved the fitbit! I did come home with a new pottery berry bowl though! <BR> <BR> After the craft fair, I stopped by Costco. ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:47:43 EST Reset Day 108: Keep it simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998666 I have had a stress filled week. My friend is unexpectedly back in the hospital and there have been employee issues at work that I have had to deal with, top that off with just the little unexpected let downs that happen along life's way.... <BR> <BR> However, I have found my walks with my dog have been very therapeutic in helping me process some things away from work, people and the pressures of life. After our long walks, I am ready to relax! <BR> <BR> Now my eating. I have noticed tha... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:08:18 EST Reset day 102: Throwing in the towel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994893 Hmmmmm. <BR> <BR> I had an awesome time at the women's retreat. There was horseback riding, kayaking, shooting, meditation, crafts, spiritual workshops, bonfires, hayrides and of course our annual game of musical chairs which always has everyone laughing like little kids. What an awesome experience. <BR> <BR> Downside? Treats. Treats were everywhere. It seemed everyone baked something to bring as a treat, not to mention the little bags of chips, candy and other stuff floating around.... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:21:15 EST Reset day 96: I DID IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990883 WooHoo! I don't know how, but I managed to make that step goal yesterday. We took the stairs at the parking ramp (4 flights). I tried to add steps everywhere I could! I am so grateful I was able to pull this off and not have to feel defeated by not making my step goal. <BR> <BR> Today I am leaving for a women's retreat for the weekend. I enjoy the retreat. It is some food for my soul - which always does me good. We are at a different campground this year, in a more remote location and... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:51:41 EST Reset day 95: Right now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990374 Oh boy. Ever feel like you are setting yourself up to fail? Yep, I'm trying on those shoes. I haven't bought them yet, but I keep trying them on...... <BR> <BR> I have a busy day today. I am leaving work early to go to a concert in Ann Arbor which is about a 2.5 hour drive for me. Doing the math, that means 5 hours in the car, another 2.5 sitting at the concert and my evening is gone. Top that off with rain. Which means no lunch hour walk today. No time for an after work walk. <BR> ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:35:59 EST Reset day 93: I will NOT be defeated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988959 Yesterday was a trying day. I had a long meeting with caseworkers, care givers, and social workers regarding completing a new assessment which is now required in Michigan for my son Jack. The meeting consisted of 3 hours of questions to which there were three part answers. It was long, tedious and in my book a waste of time but in fact gatherer's books, important stuff. After the meeting I let my son pick out dinner and he wanted spaghetti. I quickly made dinner. I could do that and sta... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:33:49 EST Reset Day 92: Enough already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988095 The weekend is over, my birthday has passed, and I am so ready to move into September! I am exhausted, a bit disappointed in my efforts in August and stressed. However, I just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Soon this point will be in my past, just another blip in the road map of my life. <BR> <BR> Saturday I had dinner with some dear friends for my birthday. I brought my friend who I have blogged about in the past, the one who is morbidly obese, with mobility issues and con... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:27:48 EST Reset day 89: from spotlight to the trenches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986322 Tuesday I had my moment in the spotlight. I danced on the stage of life. I basked in its warmth. I soaked it in. I enjoyed every minute of it (except the minute I saw the photos). <BR> <BR> Today, I am back in the trenches of life. <BR> <BR> I am not a spotlight person. I don't seek out the spotlight. I am more comfortable in the trenches! Give me a job to do and turn me loose! So today I am just focusing on what needs to be done and doing what it takes to get it done! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:50:49 EST Reset day 88: blah blah blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985838 Yesterday was an awesome day. I logged over 25,000 steps on the fitbit. When you are a walker, not a runner, and work full time, that is a LOT of steps! <BR> <BR> I stayed on track with my food yesterday too! Yippee. <BR> <BR> Today those pesky bagels were back in the kitchen, but I did ok. I had my protein bar at my desk and they really haven't called me today. I'm grateful. <BR> <BR> It will be an early work day for me as I am leaving to get my hair cut and colored. That always... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:13:52 EST Reset Day 87: That moment when.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985217 We had our office Summer Staff party yesterday. I received an award for 10 years of service. I struggled with what to wear to the party which was being held at the local gardens. You know, summer dinner party at the gardens... cute summery sundress, comfy sandals... Well, the weather turned cool. I looked in the closet. I tried on a couple dresses... too snug. I didn't want to go shopping. I decided on a pair of black slacks and a top. Nothing real dressy as we were going from a day ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:06:49 EST Reset Day 78: Still learning and a slice of vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979527 Yesterday we celebrated my son's birthday with the family. There were bbq ribs on the grill, fresh corn on the cob, side dishes and of course cake and ice cream. As I ate, I thought to myself: the celebrating never ends. Life IS a celebration! <BR> <BR> The light bulb went on again. There seems to be a constant parade of excuses (mainly my travels and food centered events) that I take full advantage of and allow to keep me from moving towards my goals. After, I get angry with myself and... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:26:46 EST Reset day 74: I'm back, grateful and making a u-turn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977374 I am back from vacation. It was wonderful to be away. I reconnected with an old friend I hadn't seen in years. I laughed until my face hurt. I challenged myself with some hikes. I set my feet on the North Country Trail and planted a seed. I took my first ride on a quad. I saw the hand of God and the beauty of nature. I smiled at a strangers kindness. I got off the highway and drove on old historic Route 66. I took some roads less traveled and explored - sometimes being amazed and ot... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:19:35 EST Reset day 60: Flounder is more than a fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969151 Ever feel like that fish someone caught and tossed in the boat - flopping around knowing that this isn't good, that you really WANT to be somewhere else, a feeling of panic, flopping around but going nowhere? I kind of feel like that today. I'm not sure why. I'm floundering. <BR> <BR> Maybe it is readjusting after vacation. Maybe it is the heat that is keeping me from my normal walking routine. Maybe it is the Thursday morning bagels and cookies that are tempting me. Maybe it is beca... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:13:58 EST Reset day 58: Tucker Tuesday and mother nature's paintbox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968623 It has been hot here. Hot AND humid. Sticky. Yucky. Not exactly the weather that one wants to go out in and walk a big, black dog. The dog was panting before I put on his leash! <BR> <BR> So, change of plans. Instead of walking the dog, why not take the dog swimming? Now my dog has never been to the dog beach, the dog park or any of those other doggie places. He is pretty big. He isn't fully trained yet. He forgets (or ignores) the commands. However, I decided that late in the day... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:32:09 EST Restart Day 57: this is your life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967503 Well vacation is over.... for now. <BR> <BR> Looking back at vacation, I feel pretty good about the choices I made. My exercise was low. I knew it would be. We spent more than 6 hours each day in the car. None of our lodging places had workout rooms or pools. My traveling companion is not an active person. I managed 10,000 steps on one day, but the remaining days were around 7,000 steps. However, I climbed many stairs carrying luggage at the B&B's we stayed at! As far as food goes, o... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:58:29 EST Day 46: I can..... I did http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961704 Yesterday was a bit of a struggle for me. I got home from work and was thinking supper. My first thought? Make a box of mac and cheese and down the WHOLE thing. It just sounded comforting and good. I got the pan out of the cupboard and filled it with some water. I put it on the stove and turned on the gas. <BR> <BR> Then that little voice of reason said "How will that make things better? What will THAT do for you?" <BR> <BR> The little light bulb flickered. "It will taste yummy." ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:32:58 EST Reset day 45: Lethargic and Walking Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961246 Yesterday it was inspired.... today, lethargic! That old pendulum just keeps swinging. Positive side, it won't stay here. <BR> <BR> After work yesterday, I had a nice dinner with my friend. We went to a Mexican restaurant and I had chicken and rice. I ate half my dinner and boxed the rest. We had them hold that basket of chips, so no temptation there! <BR> <BR> James Taylor put on a great show. Funny how I always seem amazed to see how those people in my generation have aged (I don'... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:34:01 EST Reset Day 44: Inspired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960687 Well yesterday was a challenge. Self forgiveness and acceptance comes hard for this girl, especially when it comes to not reaching my goals. However, I did manage to reign it in most of the time. <BR> <BR> My son had softball practice after work. It was hot and humid. Much to my surprise his coach said lets have a fun practice today. She had the team run the bases and everyone HAD to keep pace with the slowest runner. If someone got too far ahead, they had to go to the back of the pack... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:37:16 EST Reset Day 43: 50 shades of popcorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960072 I had a busy weekend. I worked a fundraiser Saturday - my job was to take money at the door and sell tickets for food. So, I sat on my butt from 9-5:30 with little time to get up and stretch. Not the best for getting steps in! However, a wonderful thing happened and someone donated $300 to our cause totally unexpected! <BR> <BR> Afterwards, I had a meeting to attend at 6:30 and then met my friend and her neighbor for girls movie night in. My friend recently had brain surgery to remove... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:31:50 EST Reset day 40: TGIF Trusting, Grateful, Inspired, Faith! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958589 Years ago I met a woman in Chicago at a women's conference named Brene Brown. She had just published a book named "I Thought It Was Just Me". In her workshop on Friday, she had a TGIF moment where we all shared what we were Trusting, Grateful, Inspired, and had Faith in. It has kind of stuck with me. Every Friday I find myself taking a moment to review my TGIFl that week. Since that time Brene hit it big and has been featured on Oprah and published many more books - but I always remember... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:54:35 EST Reset: Day 39 Disoriented? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958163 Oh boy, day two at work after a long weekend and there are those dang Panera cookies and bagels. I didn't have any fresh fruit to bring this morning, just a protein bar. I need to get to the grocery store! I did break down and have a quarter of a cookie. Ugh! I hate it when I do that! <BR> <BR> I updated my virtual walk. Yesterday was day 125 on the Pacific Crest Trail for me. My average miles per day dropped with being on vacation and having a few days off my normal pace. I am now a... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 15:16:50 EST Reset: Day 38 Mirror, mirror...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957626 I'm back! I had an awesome time with my family at the fireworks and with my friend in Toronto. The U-2 concert rocked! <BR> <BR> I wanted to get on the scale this morning. I'm addicted to getting on the scale. I've made a promise to myself to only get on the scale on the 1st of the month. The time in between I do my best to keep my focus on the things that matter - my choices - NOT the number on the scale. But I REALLY want to look NOW! I need some approval or punishment - I'm not sur... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 15:51:46 EST Day 32: Getting an early start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954506 Our office is closing two hours early to give us an early start on the holiday weekend. No work tomorrow! I have taken Monday and Tuesday off as vacation days. <BR> <BR> So with my extra two hours today, I am going to get an early start on my walk with Tucker. Not sure that I will walk any longer as my knees have been aching quite a bit on hills and uneven ground. I am hoping to walk about 3 -4 miles. Then it will be home to tackle some yard work which needs to be done. If I can get ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:56:25 EST Day 31: and Mr Scale says... Let's ROCK July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953992 Well, I dusted off Mr Scale (wouldn't want those dust particles adding to my weight!). I turned him on. I put one foot on, then the other and closed my eyes until I heard that little beeping sound he makes when he has come to a number. The number was 196.4. I got my little chart out and recorded the number. I paused and thought. <BR> <BR> Part of me was upset. The first of the year I weighed 198.2. That's a 1.8 weight loss for 6 months! Hardly stellar. Really Barb? That's about eq... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:58:06 EST Reset: Day 30 Naked hiking and goodbye June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953448 I am tired today. I am struggling with wanting to eat today. I am not hungry. I just want to eat. Everything sounds yummy. Even things I don't really like! Today is testing my willpower! Not to mention I have spent a lot of my day in meetings or at my desk. Not many steps at work. No morning walk before work. No walk on my lunch hour - it's been raining outside. <BR> <BR> Tonight is my friend in the nursing home's birthday. I will be visiting her tonight and spending most of my af... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:40:11 EST Reset: Day 27-28 shopping fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952807 Saturday I took my older two granddaughters to an outlet mall which is about a two hour drive from our town. My daughter decided to join us. We had lots of fun going from store to store, For lunch we went to a nearby place which is known for their large portions of food..... as in a one pound of bacon BLT or a one pound hamburger... you get the idea - food overkill. <BR> <BR> I got there and all that bacon looked soooooo good. They also serve breakfast. I thought about an omelet - but ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:43:54 EST Reset day 26: The stability ball, a baseball game and a little boy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951400 WooHoo! Today I won 50 spark goodie points on the bonus spin wheel. I gave myself a stability ball. <em>322</em> <BR> <BR> Yep, a stability ball. Why? Because I don't have one. Because I like the sound of stability on this journey. Because I need to work on my core.... physically AND mentally. Because stability and balance go hand in hand and I have a tendency to get off balance and obsess about things. <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> Geez, now that I think about it. Maybe I will go... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:10:39 EST Reset: Days 22 & 23 Maybe I should quit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950266 I hit a patch of discouragement, but I stuck it out. Luckily it was short lived. Monday my son had a double header softball game scheduled. We had storms move through. The games were cancelled and he was disappointed. This is the second week in a row his games were cancelled due to rain. So to cheer him up, we decided to go shopping for a batting helmet. The team equipment is lacking! While out we stopped and ate at a neighborhood Mexican restaurant. I had this great chicken and rice... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:51:35 EST Reset: Days 19, 20, 21 discouraged rockstar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949251 Friday was a busy day. Stayed on track with my food, managed +10,000 steps. Did lots of veggie prep for our picnic on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Saturday was our picnic. I picked up my friend from the nursing home and took her out for the afternoon. It was a bit tricky getting the wheelchair loaded up - but now I am a pro with it! It was good to have her out with us and see her smiling and laughing. <BR> <BR> Our food choices were burgers, brats or hotdogs. I opted for a brat. Worst choice ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:11:29 EST Reset Day 17 & 18: the new norm - sweat & frizz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947264 Yesterday I didn't blog. I planned on doing it in the evening, but time slipped away from me. Anyhow, it was a pretty good day. I walked at noon and dang, it was humid! I came back with frizzy hair and sweating like crazy! I'm one of those people who sweat... lots. Good thing I had baby wipes and a change of clothes to freshen up. <BR> <BR> After work I quickly ate supper and took Mr Tucker for a walk. It was lightly misting when we left. We got about a mile and a half in and the s... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:13:19 EST Reset: Day 16 No, I won't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946171 I managed to squeak in a walk last night with Tucker between rain storms! It was wet, humid and yucky out but we got in about a mile an a half walk. I was happy - and so was he! <BR> <BR> So after work I am planning a walk with the dog and then off to visit my friend in the nursing facility. I sent her a text to let her know I was coming up and asked if there was anything I could bring her. <BR> <BR> Much to my dismay, she said yes - Werther's sugar free caramels, a diet Pepsi and a diet... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:56:42 EST Reset: Day 15 Be patient.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945602 When you change - you just do stuff differently and things change...right? It should be simple. You just do it different! <BR> <BR> Ahhh, but then stuff gets difficult and sometimes you have to do it the old way... but that is wrong, right? <BR> <BR> Are you totally confused? Me too. <BR> <BR> So I decided to quit this whole concept of diet. This whole scale focused thing had to go. I decided I would not step on a scale until day 30. I would just do the next right thing in front of ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:58:14 EST Reset: Day 14 happy birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944908 Well, it's raining again today - steady rain, but not pouring. Yesterday I ended up with 75 minutes on the treadmill - or 5 miles. Unfortunately the rest of my day didn't involve tons of steps. My total for the day was around 16000+ I haven't synced the fitbit yet so I don't have an actual number. Not bad for a rainy day. <BR> <BR> Today we are celebrating my granddaughter's 13th birthday. She picked the meal, cake and ice cream... so it will be chicken enchiladas. I am going to slim ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:23:38 EST Reset: Day 13 the little dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944410 Today is day 99 on my virtual walk - tomorrow will mark 100 days on the trail! I did manage 10 miles yesterday - it sort of happened as unplanned! I walked on the treadmill after work and then the weather cleared for a bit. More rain was in the forecast for the weekend so I thought I better seize the opportunity and take Tucker for a walk. I thought I'd just do our little trek in the neighborhood but as we were walking, someone's little dog that was out without a leash crossed the street ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:21:27 EST Reset: Day 12 The High Sierras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943995 Yesterday I met a friend I hadn't seen in a bit for dinner and to catch up. We went to a little Greek diner. I explored the menu. My tummy wasn't quite itself so I didn't want to have anything to exciting - and then I saw they had a 24 hour breakfast selection. I opted for an omelet with spinach, mushrooms and feta cheese. I asked them to use two eggs instead of the three they normally use. I felt ok with my choice and I don't think it put me over on my calories for the day - but then a... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:53:10 EST Reset: Day 11 just one more step..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943526 I was tired yesterday. I went to bed too late the night before and was dragging all day. Top that off with a dinner of chicken noodle soup, a piece of baguette, conversation with a dear friend.... I got home and wanted to curl up on the couch and watch some mindless tv. Who am I kidding? Once I turned on the tv, I was going to put my feet up and nap until bedtime! <BR> <BR> I sat on the couch and started going through my mail. The dog sat staring at me, softly whining. I pretended I co... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:06:53 EST Reset: Day 10 Yawn..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942981 Last night I walked the dog, got home and snuck up to the hospital to visit my friend. She is feeling much better and is hoping to be released to the nursing facility in the next couple days. They didn't have a bed for her there yesterday. We sat and chatted for too long! It was about 10pm when I left her room, but it was good to see her in good spirits and making plans for future things. <BR> <BR> Her doctor put her on a liquid diet for two meals per day and a third meal of solid food. ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:01:09 EST