OVERWORKEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OVERWORKEDJANET OVERWORKEDJANET'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/ I get by with a little help from my friends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969400 I appreciate your comments on my blogs if I'm grumpy, venting or down in the dumps. You all know I try not to be blue. You've become the backseat passengers to my ride into the future. <BR> <BR> For example, here I sit trying to be the calm wife and not break out into a fit of crying or laughter. <BR> <BR> I completed my lesson in starting his life-sustaining IV feedings. I never thought I'd be filling syringes with insulin and vitamins, shaking a bag of white junk into an enriched gold col... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:00:46 EST Strength and support. Finding and giving. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967776 There is always humor in my life. I can't escape it nor do I want to. <BR> <BR> Never leave us alone in a medical room. <BR> I usually play with any plastic parts models and we make great fun of the charts on walls. This one had an especially fun chart of every disease you could have in your internal organs, at one time, on one poor anatomically correct torso. DD and I reviewed the disaster while DH tried to get "comfortable". <BR> DH wanted to put his feet up while on the exam table and I h... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:29:45 EST How much exercise IS carpet cleaning? Busy day. Trying to clear my head. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966953 According to my tracker, it's about 400 calories but I think I could have made it more. <BR> I likened it to waltzing, a slow dance plus lunges and seated rows with bands. <BR> I'm not sure what else. <BR> It took me about 4 hours of pushing back and forth and side to side. This thing really clamped down on the carpet and sucked up the water. Reminded me of an algae eater in a fish tank. <BR> I have no clue how my back will be. I moved furniture, cleaned, waited for drying, vacuumed and repl... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:59:47 EST Bought myslf a carpet cleaner. Lookout dirt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966727 I chose a thick, beach-sand colored carpet. The color of Miami Beach, Ocean City, or Honolulu sand. I like light and airy. I like to sit on the floor. <BR> That was back in'99. <BR> When children had grown up. <BR> When we took our shoes off when we entered the house. <BR> When you could get into the garage from the garage door. <BR> Before the little red dog. <BR> Before grandchildren. <BR> <BR> The carpets were vacuumed 3 times a week and "washed" at least 4 times a year. I had time, energ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:24:44 EST Getting my act together. 37 days from my latest goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966313 It's still a struggle to get going to the gym on my non-trainer days. <BR> I make excuses to myself. I've got 6 pounds to Onderland and have been in this position before; exactly a year ago. Motivation needs to kick in so I can get past that hurdle. <BR> <BR> I gave up the excuse that there is so much happening in my life that I should be able to slip up. There will ALWAYS be much going on in my life. That's life. I can't let it drag me back to poor eating habits. <BR> <BR> DH wanted someth... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:20:44 EST Bright spot in a cra%%y week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965271 I called for my now 2 year old grandson to wish him a happy birthday. Try talking to a 2 year old who has discovered the smartphone. <BR> I have no idea what he said except "Nana" and he hung up. <BR> My DD calls me back to inform me he is going to be the middle child in the family. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Risky business as both pregnancies were bed rest from 5 months and early deliveries (4-6 weeks)... but if she's game, ok by me! <BR> <BR> Now I have something else to worry/be happy abo... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:49:43 EST The woman in the mirror looks a bit different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964684 I'm not a scale person. <BR> For one, I own a cheap scale. It works to ensure my bags are not overweight for the planes I fly. If I step off and back on, I guarantee there will be a change in a pound or two. <BR> My scale has ranged from 206 to 210- so close to Onederland. <BR> <BR> Clothes are down a size. <BR> I've been noticing my ID badge doesn't smack on my midriff when I walk. <BR> When I kneel to tie my shoes I'm not making noises-except for when my knees scream at me when I stand u... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:49:37 EST Update on that job I have been complaining about since I got it. In case you were curious. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962619 Not to long ago, amidst the chaos and heartbreak I've been living in, I realized I'd grown accustomed to the place. Don't get me wrong, it's still full problems but I found (and heard) I'd made a huge difference. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> That was my goal after I saw what I got myself into. <BR> <BR> The staff have a confidence they didn't have before and now make decisions based on procedures and not what someone else told them to do. I have a new hire starting in a few weeks who worked fo... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:45:53 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961079 We spent the afternoon at the doctors then the evening in the ER and got home at 1 am. DH is doing better than I thought but the pain is becoming debilitating. In easy lingo he has calcifications in his insides destroying some organs. The jury is still out as to why this occurred. <BR> We meet a surgeon at the end of the month to discuss option for work-arounds for some of the damage. In the meantime managing his pain is difficult. Because the man is difficult! If he takes the good stuff, he ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:55:46 EST Found: abdominal muscles and 1 new exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959425 It's tough working all around those acquired and age related injuries. I have compensated so much that my back takes over for almost any exercise I do and yells at me after every workout. On my evaluation, Mike said "Lay flat on your back and lift your legs". <BR> <BR> Nothing. Crickets chirped. It was as though time and movement stood still. <BR> <BR> I would have giggled but I felt sheepish. Some of you who have "let go" might have found yourself doing what I realized I was-pushing my s... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:22:53 EST I have the wisdom and the humor. Grant me the strength to not get too frustrated. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959002 I enjoyed the gym with a vengeance this morning. I'm trying to commit myself to a sturdy 4 days a week. I need to buy new clothes. <BR> Awesome. <BR> I'm also in discomfort now. <BR> It's tough to do all this when you've destroyed every joint in your body over time. <BR> My back went out early in my horse-raising days. Mucking stalls which included hefty steel and wood wheelbarrow trips to the manure pile, lifting bales of hay, 50 pound bags of horse feed was bad. <BR> Cleaning hooves while... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:15:12 EST Keeping it light. NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958423 We were out of milk and the only store on the way home is a danger zone. I grabbed a cart and decided I'd head to the fruit/milk aisle and run away. It was dinner time, I had a frustrating day and no solid meal plan. <BR> DANGER! <BR> Strawberries for my cereal. Check. <BR> Skim milk( newly fat-free for me). Check. <BR> Next aisle-scout out the pre-cooked chicken, hmmm, looked dicey. <BR> I can feel the magnetic beams pulling me from the chips 5 aisles away. <BR> Next aisle deli turkey-yes- c... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:36:10 EST Sing: Everything's better, down where it's wetter...under the sea! Pool exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957337 My buddy FIFIFRIZZLE kept shouting "Go in the pool!" <BR> It turns out that my "sea" exercises are spot on as when on "land" my knees are not forgiving and my back takes over for everything. No one realizes how out of shape I really am as I look healthy and hike so darned much. Have a few major abdominal surgeries then give up on exercise... <BR> <BR> When in the gym I almost feel like an octopus thrown onto the sand! <BR> Cue Sebastian the crab singing "Under the sea"...but I'm no LITTLE Me... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 06:09:58 EST Keeping up with my moniker and evasive skills. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955724 Funky word, huh? I like it. <BR> <BR> Moniker <BR> AKA (also known as) <BR> Nickname <BR> Handle (Breaker 1-9; what's your handle?) <BR> <BR> I've become an escape artist of sorts. <BR> I am the supervisor on-call this weekend so need to be ready to find coverage for the inevitable call-outs. Friday may have been the Federal holiday but I chose to work. <BR> <BR> Saturday I woke up feeling a bit sorry for me and wrote a blog. <BR> <BR> No plans for celebration with DH keeping inside hims... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 08:08:17 EST Throwing lemons. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955254 I've thrown them back many a time. I've made lemonade. I'm not able to duck these ones. <BR> <BR> DH had a short, 12 hour short, respite from pain. It came back with a vengeance yesterday and knocked him down. I'm guessing the stent clogged with the stones. Like trying to force sand through a straw. <BR> <BR> When he spoke to his doctor Thursday afternoon, the MD bluntly told him there would be major surgery soon. Since there was freedom (brief) from pain, it proved changes in plumbing woul... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 07:23:37 EST Can I have some seriously reduced-fat cheese with that whine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954278 Last MD appointment found my glucose still on the rise, A1c was still elevated. <BR> Although my cholesterol was 160 (thanks Crestor), the other magic numbers needed some more magic. If I never ate fat again I'd still have cholesterol issues as it's naturally out of control. <BR> Sigh. <BR> I may drink 3/4 to a cup of milk a day depending on what I have for breakfast. There is no routine coffee or milk products after 6 am. We do 2% and someone told me to go skim. I mentally rebel. <BR> Red m... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 05:38:00 EST One day, one procedure at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953537 DH underwent a successful procedure today. <BR> I've been in healthcare for over 40 years and back in the day (yes, I said that) what he went through would have required major surgery and at least 5 days in the hospital. <BR> Fast forward though the technology years and I sit and wait about 2 hours, walk him out to the car and then he's getting his own snack from the fridge 6 hours later. <BR> <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> No cure, the MD placed a stent into the secondary duct in his pancreas using a... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:42:29 EST Night out at wedding reception-my head,ears and feet are complaining. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952556 I keep thinking-no one made me eat, drink and be merry. <BR> I have no one to blame except for myself. <BR> I went to the wedding reception of my employees' daughter. The kids were married in India last month and as part of the highlights they played a video of the wedding and parties. <BR> Wow. <BR> All I can say is, wow. <BR> It was like a rock video (all this Indie techno music) interspersed with interviews with the bride and groom. Parades, fireworks, all the religious ceremonies-it's all... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:44:17 EST Green thumb continues to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951709 Apparently I got the right formula this year, thanks to Mother Nature. The right amount of sun, rain and love! <BR> The squash is about a week from picking. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79df6887-7c96-4187-a65f-ff33ce5a2d21.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Zucchini has a way to go <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec9d8a08-772d-4511-b5d0-f9d680bc72e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And my assistant gardener is being dwarfed by the plants! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:30:15 EST More pictures of Zion National Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950099 Along the Virgin River trail <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70596b67-d0f6-454d-9d3d-9dcb732451d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Watchman <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba7294c9-fc68-456f-9c46-010898d24604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looking into the park from the museum <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bd0e87c-433f-40e2-bf42-3882593a3b31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Water seeps through the walls and creates hanging gardens <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:03:08 EST On the way to Zion Canyon National Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949347 The last big stop on our trip was Zion. I could spend a week watching the walls age. <BR> <BR> I have tried so long to get pictures of these guys. Slightly disappointed they are desert bighorn sheep but heck, they are cool! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fada6be-2ba8-43f3-afca-30253680cc93.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8b070e8-7dbc-405a-a794-0f7e6d195ef5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They crossed the road as we entered Zion Canyon NP <BR>... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:13:29 EST Be assured, DH had some fun on our trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948518 He was our driver. Here he is not letting his brother drive. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e244ff9b-6713-40b1-921d-3b2685a285fa.jpg"> <BR> Playing in the snow with BIL <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43df7448-0c90-4b65-876a-16b24707a43e.jpg"> <BR> My jokester doing what he does best...annoying artwork <BR> In Jackson with statues of our more illustrious men <BR> Chatting with Abe <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1785dc06-bb8d-... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 07:22:03 EST Visited Bryce for the third time. Nice to be the tour guide. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948509 Bryce is one of my favorite places. The first time we visited was the in-better-shape years and we hiked into the bowl. Wow is all I could say. Well, not really. It was hot. Hot like you were in a dry sauna under the scorching sun hot. Took a 5 hour hike and returned needing more water than I imagined. No bathroom breaks hot! <BR> This time I introduced my in-laws to the breathtaking views. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ede641bd-a952-4ec4-9163-670759a2710d.jpg"> <BR> J... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 06:48:36 EST Slogging through life's muck and mire. Updates on how things are going. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948064 I wish I was back on vacation. <BR> When faced with daily realities I can view my photos. Sigh. <BR> <BR> The good news. I continue to go to the gym; trying to boost my days from 3 to 4. Spending an hour in exercises in the therapy pool then hitting the dreadmill for another 30 minutes. Exercising in the water at 5:30am is no problem for me and I can see and feel the difference in my joints. My diet is so-so but better than it used to be. I see my MD today for annual checkup so I'll see how... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 06:32:14 EST Grand Teton NP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948057 Grand Teton NP is just that. <BR> Grand vistas of rugged mountains. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ed559b9-4ea8-489b-87f6-4d6a05f1891b.jpg"> <BR> I took a solo trail hike and had several hours of fresh air, quiet and reflection. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc761b01-b307-4d73-a113-25ca95845b01.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4abc384e-a492-4a05-aeaa-fc7b6e581ff1.jpg"> <BR> Took a drive with family from the dam o... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:36:29 EST Little things in Utah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945714 I've skipped over Grand Teton National Park. <BR> It's just so large and the vistas so grand I have to pick the right pictures. <BR> I caught the little things in Salt Lake and visitors centers. <BR> Hummingbird battles <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fef442af-8b2b-4b8e-ac14-b969306775e7.jpg"> <BR> Darned pretty flowers <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8810b2ce-8b14-45cb-bf77-1480bfe242d4.jpg"> <BR> Gabriel (?) on the Mormon Temple <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:19:44 EST A visit to the Mormon buildings in Salt Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945058 We didn't visit for religious reasons, heck we needed a break in our drive. So after leaving Grand Teton and dropping off the youngsters, we drove to Salt Lake City on our way to the canyons. Where could we see famous architecture and a bit of history? Mormon Temple, Tabernacle and Assembly. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0931e007-debd-45bb-9248-33489316dab7.jpg"> <BR> Beautiful gardens <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f79988d-2d9b-4b1a-92f2-19472f... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:39:17 EST Got back on the wagon and got my groove on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943639 I hiked miles on vacation. Lots of miles. I also had to show up my husband's siblings or at least show I could lead them to all my favorite places. Mostly I said let's go up there or over there. Steps. lots. Elevations higher than I remembered, but I did it! <BR> Then I came back to a personal fitness trainer and still having sessions of physical therapy for my shoulder. <BR> I've donned my armor against the food in my way. My last cardiology visit sealed the deal. A significantly blocked ex... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:29:53 EST Curious AS SEEN ON TV kitchen gadget may save my fingers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942720 We joke about them, you joke about them. <BR> The pitches, hype and flashy noises. <BR> Buy one and we'll send you a free gift. <BR> Buy one and we'll double the order! <BR> But wait...there's more! <BR> <BR> There was a gadget on TV that intrigued me. Advertised as a veggie "pasta maker", this thing was touted as a way to make food fun and save calories. <BR> Since I've sliced and diced my way to stitches and scars more times than I care to recount, this promised to be a way to get some hea... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:53:27 EST Still more Yellowstone. Remember this was a 2 week vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941308 Morning Glory pool. Apparently needs cleaned as it's usually purple-blue. I noticed coins in it. How sad some people can't leave nature alone. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5963a508-ed74-4d57-a651-4a10c28c472b.jpg"> <BR> I can't remember the name of this one but isn't it pretty? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/854499fc-aadb-4b79-8e83-0d02b613419c.jpg"> <BR> Grotto geyser.(I may have misnamed one as this on another blog; apologies) <BR> <img src=... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 18:18:01 EST Yellowstone 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940569 Since I like to look at them, you get to also. This gives me chance to select my better shots. <BR> Arriving at the terraces in Mammoth <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aafd8097-b82c-49f9-8c72-424f0f62a390.jpg"> <BR> Elk have taken over this area <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7dc14ea-5abe-49a8-b31f-dfc208f54be9.jpg"> <BR> Funny <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23b0fa81-0907-42d9-9387-f3b586d9ff5e.jpg"> <BR> Terrace pots- if yo... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:25:21 EST First few days in Yellowstone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940565 My second visit there so my focus was on, well, focusing! <BR> Here are a few of my favorite things <em>335</em> <BR> Grizzly just finished his bison lunch <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4622cda-eb9a-4d39-b3d5-508797ac3e86.jpg"> <BR> Bubbling pool <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59f50595-f980-4b4b-bfd7-935c46fd281c.jpg"> <BR> My "Old Faithful" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc71d00f-c540-44bd-b899-dc8a9e6f5a27.jpg"> <BR>... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:14:25 EST Back to the business of working, living and getting through the days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940561 There may be routine in my life but nothing is "normal". <BR> Changes at work, changes in my attitude and certainly changes at home. <BR> Still waiting for a final diagnosis for my DH. He enjoyed our vacation from the car, couch and bed. He managed a walk or two but was absent on the hikes. I took some solo hikes to sort things out. I didn't like the emptiness but there's not much I'll be able to do about that. <BR> I told my bosses that when he throws in the towel at his job, I will too. Th... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:01:50 EST I'm back from 2 weeks of little rest and lots of relaxation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937643 I have returned from a wonderful 2 weeks totally off the grid. DH, his DB and DS and the respective spouses took our first vacation together. Between us we have 7 children and 12 grand children. How did we manage no contact? <BR> Go someplace time zones away with no (little) cell service or internet! <BR> My pictures are limited to family photos...the best kind. <BR> We started in Yellowstone. <BR> Old Faithful resting <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23cd4185-d3d3-4b18-9... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 05:13:48 EST Happy trails once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928968 I'll be off for another long adventure. <BR> This one promises lots of exertion, card playing, eating, pranks, driving, siblings and spouses. <BR> We will be semi-tour guides for what may be our last vacation together. <BR> <BR> So off we go and I'll share pictures when we get back! <BR> Sat, 16 May 2015 06:44:20 EST Making things happen at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928432 I'm getting my @$$ kicked and all I am doing is stretching. <BR> And isometrics. <BR> And the dreadmill. <BR> And the arm bike. <BR> <BR> I hurt, in a good way. It shows already after two weeks of PT for my shoulder and my new daily workouts. There's truth to muscle memory. I have awesome biceps. I hope the rest of my body remembers. <BR> <BR> Back in the day (90's) it was body "sculpting" not building that we did in the gym. There was a time I could bench press my own weight. I wore lycra ... Fri, 15 May 2015 05:28:33 EST Effects of stretch over time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927302 Sag <BR> Stoop <BR> Curl <BR> Slouch <BR> <BR> Stretching exercises? <BR> Ouch! <BR> <BR> If all these ouch places start to tighten up I'll be better. <BR> <BR> Off to the gym before work! <BR> Day 2 Sparkies. Wed, 13 May 2015 05:20:33 EST Funny thing about balance; strike a pose. I have none. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925657 Balance, or lack thereof, really is a funny thing. <BR> In order to assess the damage time and personal stupidity has ravaged on this body, my continually smiling trainer had me complete some basic poses. I started giggling like a school girl. <BR> <BR> "Stand on this board, place your left foot on the zero and your right foot on the 44". <BR> Hard enough on a 6x1 inch wide board. <BR> " Now, reach behind your head with your right hand, Hold this pole. Reach behind your butt with your lef... Sun, 10 May 2015 07:53:29 EST Unhealth in numbers. Getting physicled for exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924638 I did not like the nurse. <BR> Strike that. <BR> I liked the nurse well enough. He was 6 ft tall, very handsome but not at all susceptible to my charm. <BR> <BR> He told me I was only 5'5". Wrong, buddy! <BR> I ran home and had DH measure me I'm still 5'6" (whew) I might carry the weight of the world on these shoulders but I haven't shrunk almost 2 inches, only 3/4". I reached 5'6 and 3/4 inches at a peak height!. <BR> <BR> I did not like the pre-exercise physical for determining all those ... Fri, 8 May 2015 06:09:11 EST The highly anticipated day has arrived. Not the royal birth; I joined the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921163 I do wish Will and Kate well. <em>75</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, Sparkers, I walked through the door yesterday, signed on the dotted line and got my swipe card, free water bottle and all kinds of appointments. Here is what I am doing so I can declare my accountability to all of you who have supported me. <BR> <BR> This Wednesday I see a nurse. <BR> Every 90 days I get to see the nurse to be weighed, measured, BMI'd and whatever else they do. What are the odds there will be no male nurse to flir... Sat, 2 May 2015 06:39:18 EST I CAN have funny moments. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917502 Imagine having your bathroom replaced by a professional. <BR> This was 2002, a month after I started my last job. I couldn't be there and had long days. <BR> We've always had low water pressure and I noticed the shower was less forceful than I remembered. <BR> Days go by, then years. Every once in a while I complained to myself or DH about our low water pressure. <BR> When we'd vacation I'd relish in stinging water streams and forceful showers. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> I soaked my shower h... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:35:11 EST Maintenance and changes in eating. Living in fight or flight mode. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917333 It's not the kind of maintenance I'd jump up and down about, but at least my weight is not jumping up and down! Life's been pretty chaotic. Home sucks. Something at work finally made me cry. The worse it gets, the less I blog. Imagine that. You've read my gory details and find out those are only the tip of the iceberg! <BR> <BR> I've been researching the food choices DH will have to make and they are everything I should be eating. Unfortunately what I can get him to eat is only foods on my "... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:15:53 EST Cheap or frugal? Going out to eat and assessing portions and value. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916765 We went out to eat for my birthday. My daughter and the two little guys were the hosts. She took us to a seafood restaurant they frequent. <BR> I had sticker shock for dinner. <BR> As I viewed the menu, all of it tempting, I tried not to look at the prices. After all, I was a guest and was told to get what I wanted. <BR> Sheesh! <BR> The prices started at $25 and went up. I choose scallops to the tune of $32. With that I got my choice of starch-garlic mashed potatoes. Brussels sprouts were... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:33:52 EST Happy Lab Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914766 Every year we bring out the 3 rings minus the elephants to celebrate the invention of microscopes, discovery of blood types and the science behind all those cholesterol and glucose tests. And to celebrate the modern marvels the lab is now by eating, playing games and having training sessions with snacks. <BR> <BR> I admit I entered the field in the last year the rabbits died. Euthanizing rabbits to see if someone was pregnant was replaced with a host of revolutionary tests to finally develop... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:28:41 EST Sunshine, lollipops and roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913811 It reached 83 degrees yesterday! What an anomaly. <BR> Pure sunshine, light breezes and the smell of fresh cut grass filled the air. <BR> So did the sounds of gas mowers, weed whackers, water pressure washers and a host of other gizmos people bring our to erase winter. <BR> I chose the sound of lightly tapped computer keys searching for the perfect Florida home. <BR> Dreaming in the sunshine-my lollipops! <BR> I trimmed the roses, removing the dead stuff and hips left from last year that look... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:28:18 EST Sleep-over with GSs=tired grandparents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910035 Wow, I got knocked out! <BR> <BR> I played backyard soccer with the 4 yr old. <BR> Run faster Nana! <BR> I did. <BR> My knees feel it today. Here's me and my soccer buddy after a tough battle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071346563.jpg"> <BR> Even though he beat me to a pulp he insisted I won by 10-3 (it was 10-3 his favor) <BR> While I tried to breathe, Pop Pop took his turn only walking around the yard. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:55:47 EST Smart means no excuses. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906844 I've reached my goal. Yeah, me! <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> I spent 90 days contemplating why, how and when to change my life. <BR> No, it's not going to happen overnight. <BR> I needed some breathing space to decide what was important and what was not so much. I set a goal to think about the changes I've made, the challenges I have and a host of other things that affect how I proceed with my last few decades. <BR> <BR> I am learning to avoid food situations, sorry, don't expect me at your coc... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 06:04:49 EST Tomorrow I'll be smart, today not so much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906693 The sun 'll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow... <BR> Phew. <BR> <BR> Today I accidently hard booted my cell phone. <BR> <BR> For those of you who have magical existences and never drop a remote in the trash, fish out a small electronic device from the toilet or have broken an antenna; ignore my cries. <BR> The rest of you know what I'm talking about. <BR> Password? <BR> I have to remember a password I never use? Sure it's in my secret super-duper file on my computer a... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:33:10 EST Days left until I finally get smart. The end of my 90 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904972 SMART <BR> Yep, that's me. <BR> In 4 days I will have completed my 90 day challenge. I will be smart(er). <em>100</em> <BR> It started out as a 90 Mental Toughness challenge but I couldn't rise to the occasion for it again. I decided to think about my surroundings, my family, my fates and accidents. My goals, dreams and aspirations. Past and future. <BR> <BR> Got it. <BR> <BR> It's been tough. I've had to face some prospects in my life which will alter my future drastically and others th... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 20:20:45 EST Passover/Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904406 Lovingly celebrated in my multicultural neighborhood. <BR> Most of us are not so orthodox in our beliefs that we wouldn't cross over to the others' celebrations for some good food and friends. <BR> Our original ovens in this development didn't hold more than1 pan of ziti or noodle kugel. <BR> A ham or turkey without any accompaniments was all that would fit in these tiny wall ovens. <BR> I'd cook the noodles then celebrate the Passover meal with my friend. In turn the Easter egg hunts were sh... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:24:35 EST