OUBACHE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OUBACHE OUBACHE'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/ On the Road to Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268587 I don't want to jinx myself by writing this, but for the past two days the pain in my hip has been very minimal. Actually, it's more like an odd pressure, but not really uncomfortable. Last night I actually forgot to take time to ice my hip, even though I'd had a good workout on the elliptical. I'm really glad that taking the doctor's advice and following my own instincts is paying off. I've been trying to eat food that fights inflammation and avoid those that do. I'm also taking powdere... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 13:01:39 EST Progress Feels Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265125 Today I did something I've never done before. Don't laugh, but I did a vigorous 30 minute workout on the elliptical--something I never believed I could do. In the past I would try the elliptical and quickly give up. It seems that the machines just did not fit me. Today a friend of mine got me started on the ellipitcal and gave me some tips. I don't know if it was her help, or that this particular machine fit me better, or a combination of both things, but I was able to do the entire pre-... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:32:25 EST Some setbacks may have me down, but not out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259270 It's been a stressful time lately. I've blogged about the problems with my dog. He's holding his own and still leading a quality life, but at night he is often very restless and that means no one sleeps. No sleep means I'm pretty loopy the next day and and struggle to do my best at work. It can be tough. On top of that, I'm temporarily sidelined from doing what gives me the most stress relief -- running. Recently I've been experiencing some pretty bad pain in my left hip, so I finally d... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:11:57 EST Update on Toby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242503 The news from the vet was not good. While he doesn't actually have cancer, he has a tumor that is growing inside him and basically taking over. The vet was amazed that Toby is doing as well as he is, because the x-rays show the tumor is massive and spread throughout his body. The prognosis is not good and the only advice the staff gave us is to enjoy him (the "while you can" went unspoken, but we knew what they meant). So, that is what we are going to do. While he can still enjoy eating,... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:08:09 EST Toby, my best friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241678 My dog is at the vet today to get a full body x-ray. It's expected he has cancer because of his white blood cell count and the large amount of weight he's lost recently, but we'll know more after the doctor can examine the x-rays and see what's going on inside. I'm on pins and needles. I won't allow myself to get my hopes up, even though I do keep thinking that maybe, just maybe there's a chance the initial tests didn't get the story right. Most of all I'm trying to face the facts that To... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:03:10 EST Accountability and Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220149 This week, my friend won't be able to go to our Thursday workout at noon because she'll be out of town. I'm really disappointed. I went to the gym by myself on Monday (it was a work holiday) and had a great workout. Really, in many ways it's easier to work out alone. But I'm really having trouble feeling motivated to go tomorrow by myself. Somehow, all of the trouble of leaving in the middle of the workday to go to the gym doesn't seem like as much of an effort when you've made plans to ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:53:55 EST It's all about planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210034 Yesterday was such a great day as far as meeting my nutrition and fitness goals. I ate well, and got in a 2-mile treadmill run over the lunch hour. I felt energetic all day. Why can't every day go so well? It's simple. It's all in the planning -- but we already know this, right? Then why is it so hard? My first excuse is always time. It's take time to sit down and think about what to eat for the next few days. It's hard to give up a lunch hour to workout. I often need my lunch hour ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:46:51 EST Milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023348 The running program I joined is going great. Last Tuesday evening, for the first time, I ran 1.5 miles without stopping. I was euphoric! Before then I needed 2 or 3 short breaks of about 30 seconds to take a few deep breaths, despite my efforts to run without stopping. Then, at the next training just last Saturday, I broke my own personal record and ran 2 full miles without stopping! It's amazing to see the results of the training in a relatively short amount of time. It feels really gre... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:38:13 EST My Evil Whim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006678 Twice recently, I planned ahead when going out to eat to make sure I would make healthy choices, and then on a whim ordered something else that wasn't so healthy at the last minute. I did this with so little thought it's scary. Both times the food didn't really agree with me and I ended up with heartburn and guilt. Learn from your mistakes, right? I'm meeting some friends for dinner tonight at a place I wouldn't have chosen, but they do have their menu on-line and I plan to try again to p... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:02:27 EST Trying to Get Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001213 The next 5K I have on the calendar is on September 1st. I'm really excited about it and think it will be a fun course. This week we started a new 5K training session. This one is for 12 weeks. Instead of doing walking and running intervals, like the first 8-week session I attended, we now try to fun the whole time, increasing the distance each week. You run at your own pace, and can take a walking break if you need to. Because of the heat and high humidity, I have been able to run the w... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 21:11:11 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989136 So, I'm starting to feel like a runner now, even though I'm not likely to break any land speed records at least anytime soon. Lately, I've been seeking out motivational sayings and posters to help keep me going with the running program and when I find one I like it goes on my bulletin board at work or in my running journal. Sparkpeople has some very good motivators on their new page. One of my favorites found there says, "Whether it's a 15-minute mile or a 7-minute mile, it's still a mile.... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:12:45 EST Trying to put it all together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965529 I haven't been Sparking much and I feel bad about that, but in another way I don't. It's summer and I'm enjoying life outside and away from the computer. I've been really, really, enjoying my beginning runners group and for perhaps the first time in my life am getting some exercise that I really enjoy. Who would have ever thought that I would enjoy running, but I do! Now I have to get back to eating healthier again. It seems I can't be both active and a healthy eater at the same time. I... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:00:33 EST That annoying ad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866336 I know Sparkpeople depends on ads to keep this site free, and I'm very grateful this site is free, but there is one ad that especially annoys me. We probably all see different ads depending on what we've searched on and where we live, but one I see regularly when I read member blogs in an ad for the Sensa weight loss product. What annoys me is that it features a picture of a woman's midrift that is so thin it's nearly concave. It doesn't look at all natural and I suspect it's a photo that'... Fri, 4 May 2012 12:49:34 EST A Goal Met (at long last)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837657 For about 3 years now, I've entertained the notion of training to run a 5K. Like many others who set goals, I've had a series of successes and setbacks. I've never been athletic, and the fear of failure loomed large in the back of my mind. Even so, earlier this year I decided that this WOULD be my year, no matter what. Despite my fear of failure, I signed up for a 5K walk/run this past weekend knowing I could at least walk the 5K, even if I couldn't break any land speed records. I made a... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:56:00 EST What's happened to my friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716455 I've noticed recently that several of the sparkfriends on my page that I haven't regularly kept in touch with are no longer active on this site. This makes me feel bad for a lot of reasons, but one reason especially. I have to wonder if I had checked in with them on a more regular basis, whether by sparkmail, leaving a message on their page, or sending them a goodie, if they might still be active on SP. Hopefully these people have simply moved on to other programs or are so busy exercising... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:31:06 EST Holiday Perspectives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631493 Right now, I'm betting a lot of you are like me and trying to get everything done on that long pre-Christmas to-do list. I've been worrying about having the house back in shape in time (we've been doing some redecorating and things always get worse before they get better), what to fix for Christmas dinner, making sure I have gifts for everyone, wrapping the gifts, sending out cards, etc. etc. Much of the time, all this seems really important. Then, this morning a co-worker came in to work... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:04:15 EST The sun is shining again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4609407 I received so much support, good advice, and encouragement after my last (gloomy) blog, I can't even begin to express how thankful I am. Not only is the sun shining outside right now, I feel sunnier inside of myself. I've jotted down some attainable short-term goals (some of which look very familiar), and have decided to pretend I'm new at the weight loss and exercise thing and start all over with baby steps. I'm making a conscious effort to add more fun to my life. I talked with my boss ... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 12:58:33 EST What do I say? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4604409 It's really hard to blog when you are floundering and having a hard time getting and staying on track; at least it's that way for me. I think the shorter, darker, colder, dreary, days have a lot to do with my mood as well. Mostly, I'm frustrated at how difficult it is to carve out a few minutes a day to get some decent exercise. I do all the things like park far away, take stairs, walk around now and then, but for me it really isn't enough. I don't like to make excuses, but there are rea... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:41:09 EST Trying to live in the moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469449 Lately, I've been surrounded by stress at work, too much to do at home, and worst of all, a lot of friends, co-workers, and family members who are, or have loved ones who are struggling through terrible diseases and challenges. It never rains, but pours. I am a spiritual person and try to remember we're not given more than we can handle, but it's been tough. I find that I am spending a lot of time lost in my thoughts. The other day it was just beautiful outside, and I was walking my dog d... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 12:57:00 EST Working Out, and Working Out (in the yard) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333914 If you know me even a little bit, chances are you know I love to garden, so this is the very best time of the year for me. My garden is doing great. I have lots of little green tomatoes now, some teeny tiny cucumbers, yellow squash, lettuce, basil, onions, and some beans, turnips, and cantaloupe on the way. I get a lot of exercise thanks to the garden too. Hauling mulch, turning compost, digging, raking, pulling weeds, etc. burns a lot of calories...the fun way! <BR> <BR> I've also rejo... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:38:51 EST Therapy in the Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178524 In between rain storms, I've been spending as much time as possible working in my vegetable and flower gardens. So far I've planted shallots, onions, radishes, lettuce, pak choi, and snow peas. Warm weather veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans will go out in the middle of next month. I'm anxious, because I have some nice looking heirloom tomato plants growing under lights right now. I've also been rearranging plants in my flower gardens. I love to buy flowers but often do so on im... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 07:22:15 EST Spring Realizations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4177337 I'm so happy that spring has arrived and once in a while it stops raining long enough for me to go and putter around in my flower beds. There is so much I want to do, and so much that needs to be done! One thing I'm noticing that I don't like at all, however, is how out of shape I've gotten over the winter. I really need to pick up on the activity now that it's easier to get outside and move. Working full time is killing me. Hopefully the nicer temperatures and longer days will give me ... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:52:12 EST Supporting the Bereaved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4133670 This blog was recently written and posted by Spark member SherryToo. It is with her permission I'm re-posting her message here. I thought it was helpful advice and wanted to share it with as many people as possible. The rest of the words on this page are hers. Here you go -- <BR> <BR> I went to The Compassionate Friends conference this weekend in Frankfort, Ky. TCF is a national organization for parents who have a deceased child. The common questions everyone asked were how long ago, wha... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 08:24:41 EST Spark Rally in Cincinnati http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4125884 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm writing to you to let you know there is a Spark Rally being held in the Cincinnati, Ohio area on May 21st. For even more information than I've included here, click on the Spark Rally team page link on my sparkpage. I hear only a few tickets are left. <BR> <BR> Florence KY/ Cincinnati area Mini Convention May 21, 2011 (Saturday) <BR> drinks and snacks provided. Tickets are $9.99 each. <BR> <BR> EVENTS include a live web conference with Sparkguy himself and a pa... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 08:13:08 EST Me, A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4073138 Here's a fun way to blog...thank you BJW-Farmgirl for the inspiration! <BR> <BR> A to Z SURVEY : Jennifer <BR> <BR> A. Age: I never say <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C. Chore you dislike: washing the dishes <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: One, Toby, mixture of collie, doberman, and golden retriever, etc. <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: a good, high fiber breakfast. Yay - Oatmeal! <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: Blue <BR> <BR> G. Gold or silver: gold <BR> <BR> H. Height: 5’ 1” <B... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 12:36:29 EST So many teams, so little time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943599 I noticed this morning that I was a member of 15 spark teams. There's no way I have time to visit each one every day, even just to huddle, let alone participate on the message boards and challenges. What a shame. There are so many interesting teams on Sparkpeople, and so many wonderful people on each time. But I know from being a team leader that it doesn't really make sense to join a team and then not participate. So I gave my teams some careful thought a removed myself from a few. I d... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:11:59 EST Back to WW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3939856 Well, I went back to a weight watchers meeting yesterday. I had really hoped to be able to maintain my weight loss, and even lose a few more pounds with Sparkpeople only rather than have to attend meetings, but I wasn't successful at keeping the pounds off. Before I gain any more weight I decided to go back and learn about the new points plus system. It's kind of nice to be back in a group and also to hear other members' suggestions and learn from them. We get this at Spark too, of course... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 08:10:12 EST It's all good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3853451 Things are definitely looking up. We are sleeping much better at our house thanks to a mild sedative the vet prescribed to our dog. We are supposed to give him the lowest dose he responds to, which is in theory is one pill although he can have up to two if needed. On Saturday night I gave him one pill and he did well except that he woke up at 4:30 a.m. and started barking. I took him outside to do his business but felt like he was groggy and a little confused. The last thing I want is fo... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 08:32:47 EST Some good news today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848860 I finally heard from Toby's vet and learned that the problems we've been having with him are not related to any heart problems as the vet feared. What wonderful news! Instead, we need to be proactive as he ages. the vet prescribed a vitamin for aging dogs called Geriform (sp?) and is also going to give us some information about a prescription dog food we may want to try. She is also going to prescribe a mild sedative we can give him when he can't settle down and disrupts our sleep. I can... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:01:40 EST Struggling with the season and emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3846945 This time of year is difficult for many people, I know, and this year I find I am struggling to keep my spirits bright and not fall into a bit of a frump. I think it's because we spent so much time, energy, and money, on planning for our Thanksgiving trip to New York that I am just not at all ready for Christmas, physically or emotionally. I'm trying very hard not to fall into the trap of commercial Christmas. I have already decided to cut way back on shopping and food preparation. I'm n... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 08:45:14 EST Dealing with Two Types of Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829889 After our fun trip to New York, I returned home and started showing all the symptoms of having caught a cold. I wasn't too worried because colds and winter just kind of go hand in hand, no big deal. Unfortunately, this cold was a big deal! I fought it off with all I had, but ended up going home from work on Thursday and Friday last week because I was so miserable and didn't want to get anyone else sick. I don't remember ever having a cold this severe before. Thankfully, four days of TLC ... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 12:25:56 EST I Heart New York http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804490 It's our third day in New York City and we are having such a good time. Today, which also happens to be my birthday, we went to see the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It was fabulous! Our hotel is only a couple of blocks from Time Square and words just can't express what an amazing place that is. We have walked all over this city (my feet hurt) and also figured out how to use the Subway. Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving Day parade and then our trip is almost over. I will... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:47:26 EST Heading to NYC - Proud Mom Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3793608 I am so excited. My youngest daughter plays in the Purdue University All American Marching Band, and they have been invited to participate in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade -- the first Big 10 band ever to have been invited! I am more than a little bit proud of my daughter and this talented group of 400+ kids. They head to New York City on Monday evening and will ride buses all night to get there. My husband and I, along with our other daughter, are flying to NYC Monday mornin... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:16:22 EST It's no wonder this seems to take such a long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3787864 Late Sunday night I sat down at the computer and went boot shopping. At last I found what I was looking for at a good price and I placed an order. Today I received an e-mail that the shoes should arrive today. Good grief, that was fast! And I did not pay for express shipping. It seems that receiving items purchased on-line so quickly is becoming the norm rather than the exception. I'm old enough to remember when you filled out the form in the middle of the catalog, put it in the mail wi... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:56:49 EST A Nice Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3735694 Today was nice. After sleeping in a little later than normal, dh and I had breakfast in town which was fun. After doing a little bit of shopping, we headed for home and spent the rest of the day doing things around home which felt like such a luxury! Mostly we puttered around the yard. We pruned a crabapple tree that was getting a bit out of hand, and it looks much nicer now. We also used the handmower to clean up around the evergreen trees. It's hard to keep up with all of our mowing, ... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 20:58:13 EST Ways to Revitalize your Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3725880 I have been struggling mightily with motivation lately, and that's scary so close to the holidays when food temptations are everywhere! My main focus has got to be adding exercise into my day. Ever since I quit the gym I've really slacked off on exercise. I've tried setting new goals, and that hasn't worked so well for me, so for my next trick I've decided to mix things up a bit. Taking advice from reading The Spark, I've decided to give jumping rope a try. It's been many years since I'v... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 12:35:28 EST What happened to my motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3717289 I haven't blogged lately because I don't like to write things that aren't positive and motivating. The truth is, however, I am really fighting this demon called complacency. Truly, I do want to lose weight and shape up. The rules are the same as they've always been and tools and support are readily available. So what's wrong with me? Why am I not exercising like I should and eating food I know isn't the best choice? What happened to my motivation? I was reading a thread about the best... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:40:18 EST A Foodie Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3697631 We're all aware how much of a role food plays in so many of our activities. Cookouts, office carry-ins, holiday dinners, birthdays, and on and on and on, This past weekend food was a part of all my leisure time. On Saturday dh and I went on a bus trip to Chicago which was an ethnic culinary tour sponsored by a local kitchen gadget store. It was so much fun, and yes, it was all about food. Armed with our big ice coolers our first stop was a wholesale fish market. Here it was easy to shop... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 20:23:21 EST Taking Back Control (in baby steps) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3665087 Yesterday I blogged about how I am feeling out of control of my life. Well, it's time to take back control, and no one can do that but me. It still feels overwhelming, so I've decided to approach it like Sparkpeople tells us to approach all of our goals -- in baby steps and with attainable goals. <BR> <BR> My first goal came to me as lunch time arrived today and I couldn't think of a single thing that sounded good. Healthy food choices are fairly limited around campus and tend to be expen... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:52:43 EST Everything keeps getting in the way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3662168 Isn't it amazing we take care of just about everything that comes along, but tend to leave ourselves for last? Lately I've been going crazy dealing with things at work, a dog that won't stay in his pen while we're at work, trying to get all the fall yard and garden chores taken care of while the weather is still nice, all while barely getting any sleep at night. Now I'm trying to deal with not being able to see. I have new contacts which have been adjusted so I have better distance vision.... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:03:49 EST Great weekend overall--even though my willpower was a little weak. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3615059 It was a really nice holiday weekend. We got work done at home, did some fun things in town, and took a short road trip to do some shopping. I found a really nice half price book store that was having a sale. My willpower seemed to be almost nonexistent this weekend, and everyplace we went I found something I "needed" to buy. <BR> <BR> My poor willpower also carried over to meals. I didn't do TOO terribly bad; it's just that we ate out a lot and it's hard to eat healthily when you eat ou... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 13:00:11 EST Summer Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3599458 Even though, sadly, I have not lost a lot of weight this summer, I have made some real strides in living a healthier lifestyle. I've done really well eating fewer processed foods, eating more fruits and vegetables, and getting plenty of fiber. I've not been able to give up soft drinks, but I do drink less of them now, and more water or unsweetened tea instead. My lack of progress confirms my feeling that without regular, fairly intense exercise, I cannot lose weight. Having to cancel my g... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 08:18:12 EST Do you use a debit or credit card? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3479736 If you do use a debit or credit card, please take time to regularly check your statements for anything that doesn't look right. A friend of mine recently went through a big mess because someone got ahold of her debit card information and made several large purchases. When they looked back at her past statements, they found that the culprit started out making a few very small, "trial" charges, possibly to gauge how much attention she was paying to her statements. My own credit union confirm... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 19:21:50 EST Some days, I just want to give up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3431620 Some of me wants to stay on track, but another side of me is tired of this fight. I just can't seem to get enough exercise fit in every day to get the scale moving in the right direction. My pants are tight, and I don't much like looking in the mirror. I see a difference between the photos taken on our trip last November, and our trip in late May, and it's really depressing. Add to that my lack of sleep, the heat, and my general down-in-the dumps mood because summer is flying by too quick... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:56:40 EST Sunshine, at last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3340606 After days of rain, wind, hail, and more rain, the sun is shining at last. Unfortunately, I have to work in an office all day, but I did get out and take a short walk at lunch. It will be nice to get home and take a longer, more leisurely walk with my dog. If my daughter is home I'll try to get her to go along as well. The nicer weather, along with a couple of decent nights of sleep, is making me feel more energetic which I sorely need. If I don't get any other kind of exercise I can ke... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 12:56:07 EST Train Travel is FUN, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3294153 My husband and I recently enjoyed a trip from Sacramento, California to Chicago, Illinois on Amtrak's California Zephyr. The trip started mid-day on a Saturday, and arrived in Chicago early Monday evening. Oh my gosh, it was really fun. The scenery was amazing as we travelled through snow in the Sierra Nevadas, through tunnel after tunnel high above the trees in the Rocky Mountains, and across the plains of the midwest. We saw big cities, small towns, deer, antelope, and a few critters we... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 20:05:46 EST I'm going to have fun anyway... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3208647 Well, my vacation is a week away, and even though I'm no where near the goal weight I set for myself, I'm determined to not let that get in the way of having a good time. I am disappointed in myself, yet I know I tried hard and didn't miss my goal because of eating a lot of the wrong foods or being lazy. Of course, like many people I could have done better, and I'm not finished trying. I'm hoping this will be a pretty active vacation and I'll do my best not to get carried away while eating... Sat, 8 May 2010 17:09:37 EST A New Kind of Daylight Savings Time (Please) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3097261 I really hate daylight savings time. I guess I don't like change much, period. But if we have to mess with our clocks, why can't someone figure out how to give us about 6 more hours in a day? That kind of change I could really enjoy. While at work today, where I spend over a third of my allotted 24 hours of time each day, I made a list of all the things that have to take turns during my limited amount of free time each week. Of course exercise was on the list, even though in reality it o... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 20:55:09 EST It's time to think about the garden! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3008923 It's been a long, cold, winter, and the sunshine and warmer temperatures we are starting to experience here in north-central Indiana are a welcome change to me. The signs of spring are starting to pop up all over my yard in the form of crocus, the bright greens shoots of the daffodils, and singing birds. I even saw a moth fluttering about today! It's time to think about the garden. Actually, I think about the garden starting with the arrival of the first seed catalog each winter. This ye... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:30:21 EST Sometimes, it's difficult to blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2901965 These days, nothing much has been going right in the weight loss department of my life, and I feel I have nothing to blog about. I'm in that state where when I see others feeling this way, I tell them "never give up" and "keep trying -- you'll see results soon!" I've been giving myself this pep talk, but I admit it, I'm getting discouraged. I have gained 6 pounds since Christmas, and they aren't budging. Add this to the 10 pounds I wasn't able to lose last year and I'm feeling pretty disc... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:57:09 EST