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/ Off to the pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473334 Not much to talk about except I am continuing to work out in the gym and the pool, alternating days. <BR> My trainer happily dunked herself in the water with me last week and tweaked my current exercises to great success! She's a lifeguard-CPR trainer as well so H2O is her territory. <BR> <em>569</em> <BR> I asked her to help me out as I felt there might be something I could do to make it work better in the water. The difference in positions with the exercises I've been doing for 2+ years... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:25:52 EST Waiting for spring and other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472630 We are all waiting for something. Remember good things com to those who wait (really?). <BR> Waiting for friends to post or comment with the right thoughts to keep us motivated. <BR> Waiting to get that perfect balance between hunger and boredom. <BR> Bills in the mail. <BR> The perfectly easy diet to follow. <BR> Waiting for the robo-calls to stop. <BR> <BR> Whatever it is you are waiting for know you are not alone! <BR> <BR> While I am waiting I am also forging ahead with what I can to... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:42:55 EST Got my hugs and kisses from sweet Caroline! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471307 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47c40468-a486-46a8-96ec-3c6d2ed6762a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Big brother joined the fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6857c6d-acd7-469e-94a9-5d262b1fe075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Perfect! Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:15:34 EST Somebody turned 2 on the storm day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471023 I hoped we'd get to see sweet Caroline on her 2nd birthday. No such luck as trees were down everywhere. <BR> Here she is last week with her Pop-Pop and brother. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dce66c4d-5607-4aec-83fe-82ab7e0f0287.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wearing her brother's superhero mask, to his dismay (after she pulled off all the fancy stickers)! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b0fea2a-09ab-45a0-bfcd-ed6032cddf2d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She's got her father'... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 21:28:12 EST Whew. Dodged a bullet and a tree! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470299 This is why I think about moving to the sunny south. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6e30bb2-90db-46ea-af05-b3a628b2f216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 14 inches of heavy white stuff. Trees and lines down everywhere. Listening to the trees break and power transformers pop was eerie. Meeting all our neighbors in the middle of the street was fun. <BR> <BR> While shoveling a path to the shed to get our generator, the neighbors' tree decided to grace my yard and my head. Here's DH getti... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 13:12:02 EST Changing up my game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468884 Don't think I've suddenly "got IT" but I have started to change up my game. I took on training with the person I blessed DH with as I knew she'd be a good fit. She's deemed me very competent at exercising properly! She is also very good at tweaking the exercises to compensate for my "disabilities". <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> I did not know using a slightly deflated small ball placed under my tailbone would give me enough tilt not to injure my herniated discs in my back while doing leg lifts ... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 14:36:35 EST I whined, therefore I did something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467997 Lunch with the kids in sunshine was perfect yesterday. I live in the vicinity and NYC was an old stomping ground. I usually don't play tourist as I have destinations in mind. Walking about was a treat for the soul (my soles hurt!). <BR> <BR> I met my brother for lunch today to catch up IRL. We chat, text and send mental messages but rarely visit although he's only 3 hours away. It's been a messy past few years for him in divorce territory with older kids and he's retired and getting his groo... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 16:58:54 EST 11,000 steps of fun. Getting out in the sunshine to boost my spirits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467698 I managed to do about 11,000 steps today! My kids wanted to take me to lunch at SIL2's favorite Chinese restaurant near his work. <BR> Sure! <BR> What a lovely day! <BR> We visited Bryant Park <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44fe98e6-23c9-46ed-84b6-270be5a4dee9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Watched the ice skaters <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9383b74-83fc-46ae-8e1b-d5872f2f7b6a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No jackets required! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:20:35 EST Not so bad after all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467107 My beloved cardiologist of 30 years said: <BR> <BR> You healed your DH and that was hard to do, good work! <BR> But you're my patient so let's talk. <BR> All your tests look great (add age-related) <BR> You look great. <BR> You've been a rock to your family. <BR> Your exercise schedule and what you do is perfect. <BR> Your weight is the same as it has been. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> Not everyone is meant to be a stick. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I was told to keep doing what I ... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:39:41 EST Recycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466445 I'm not feeling very "Sparky" these days. <BR> Perhaps it's the end of winter blues. <BR> Perhaps it's my lack of commitment to avoid overeating (healthy foods). <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> It's not my lack of exercise; I've been at the gym 3-5 days a week and pushing it. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> The scale doesn't change but neither has my commitment to do better. <BR> <BR> Perhaps one of those nasty hand buzzers strategically located in my kitchen? <BR> I keep recycling thoughts on how to d... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:28:39 EST Thoughtfully cleaning out files and such. Are you prepared? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465443 A few nights ago we attended a funeral service for the mother of our niece's husband. The father survives but has Parkinson's, early dementia and cannot live on his own. Now these kids, with 3 of their own, have to figure out how to manage this nice man and all the belongings that went with the household. I'm sad because they had time to plan and did not. <BR> <BR> My best-loved SIL, my traveling companion and mother to the above mentioned niece, had surgery last week for early breast cancer... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:30:45 EST Ice, ice, baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464239 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/788846ec-f4b7-480a-9ccf-fdb0b745ed40.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/834f358b-be80-4e68-aaf1-f89916b65776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It looks so pretty but when I went out at 630 to shovel, all I heard was crunch! <BR> <BR> Rain and sleet on top of snow and I won't try to move it to get out to my pool class. It's just not worth the struggle as it will be gone several hour from now. <BR> Boo hoo as I look forward to jum... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:09:34 EST Guilty of eating too much of a good thing as pointed out in a nutrition article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463941 I took a look at this Spark article and admit I'm guilty of this transgression. <BR> <BR> 5 Healthy Foods You Might Be Overeating <BR> <BR> Avocado. Yep, I find I have 1/2 not 1/4 of the fruit when I choose to eat it. Don't get me near the guacamole or it'll be gone. It's tough to keep it off my plate but I try. <BR> <BR> Almonds. Those too. I HAVE gotten better at adding the sliced delights to my yogurt and oatmeal by constantly measuring them. <BR> <BR> Olive oil. It doesn't affect me ... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:41:31 EST Wanting to change the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463330 We need a better system to recognize at risk kids. <BR> <BR> Thinking love for today. <BR> <BR> <em>51</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:35:37 EST Here's the thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462991 <em>129</em> <BR> Before I forget, happy Valentine's Day and a good Ash Wednesday for celebrators and believers. <BR> <BR> In the past several days I have read scientific abstracts and common news articles concerning obesity and eating slowly. I wish I could say it's a no-brainer but I love scientific support. The abstract was a retrospective Japanese study on obesity, type 2 diabetes and lifestyle. It was based on insurance information and has a few scientific issues but really got me th... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:14:47 EST Dental hijinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462595 Smiling while my lips and cheek are numb is always amusing. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Ice in a bag works until the *zip* no longer locks. Then I have a cold, very wet chest. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Soup is good. Roasted red pepper and tomato soup is tasty. The same soup drunk multiple times in the day becomes boring. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> Yogurt mixed with orange marmalade tastes as good as ice cream. Fishing out little pieces of orange peel is not fun. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> A liq... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:58:41 EST The old gray mare just ain't what she used to be! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462218 Today I was long-scheduled for the implant for my new and improved artificial tooth. That's not happening. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> I broke the opposing tooth on the other side last year and my very nice dentists, from the routine to the endo then the perio kept saying, "Hang in there. Try to be kind to that tooth. Let's try to make it last until the implant is done." <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> How the heck do you "make" a tooth last? Had I stopped eating altogether, that may have been benef... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:14:32 EST Life of a retiree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461258 Friday already? <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> The habit of weekday vs weekend does not break. We still "work" Monday through Friday but the work is more relaxed. Both DH and I hit the gym, me more than he and I'm still trying to up his game. Shopping is easier during the day. Cooking for the week can be done on Monday now instead of Sunday. Doctor's appointments have trickled down to acceptable. Hooray! <BR> <BR> However, the rest of our world still revolves on school and work schedules so we ... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 07:53:56 EST Kids (problems) are yours until you die. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460667 I get it but I don't get it. <BR> <BR> DD2 is hiding today curled up on the sofa and for the past few days lamenting aging. She's had a tough time for the past 10-14 years and I hope is finally out of the woods. Through her life choices she's reached 35, married for the past 3 years and no children. <BR> <BR> Lamenting no kids. Wanting kids. Not wanting kids. Having a dog. Not having a job. Going back to school. Wanting kids. <BR> <BR> I told her I'm proud she's gotten herself in order. I... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 13:21:28 EST Fire and Ice. Exercising is a good thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460356 I switched it up with a new trainer, the same lovely woman I hurled at DH! <BR> I am pleased to say she found I do know what I'm doing and my form is fairly good. Some of what I am doing will stay in my exercise groupings and she added things that have me wanting to sit on ice or heat; I'm not sure which! <BR> <em>402</em> <BR> There are plenty of stretch moves that will tighten my muscles and not injure my joints. She suffered through the whole sordid medical history and agrees I DID de... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 17:40:19 EST Getting the hoard cleaned up, a bit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459615 I told you he was a hoarder. <BR> It's so difficult to get him to go through things I was pleased to be involved in the discard of some items today. BUT, there was some playing, sampling and disgust before all was done. <BR> <BR> Imagine a stash of MREs (meals ready to eat) that have been in our residence since WHEN? <BR> <BR> The early '90's. <BR> <BR> Ick. <BR> <BR> But he had to play and prove a point. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8250e64f-4033-40e2-a0a7... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 20:05:57 EST Grocery store victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459037 DH accompanied me in and pushed the cart to our first stop, the pharmacy. The tech was happily stunned to see us both at the same time. She marvels, he looks good. Yep. <BR> <BR> This stop meant I was going to "reverse" shop from my normal flow and it caused me to pause and think instead of mindlessly shop. I kept to the perimeter, only darting down the aisle to get target items! <BR> <BR> DH on the other hand shops by looking at every item and reads anything. It's like taking an inquisiti... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 08:26:15 EST The last of our trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458293 The London Bridge in Lake Havasu, AZ. Built in London in 1837, purchased and imported to the Lake around 1970. This oddity helped increase tourism for a while. Now, not so much. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f10d985d-32e0-4132-ab4b-86d7e819ba1b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> National Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas NV. Everything you'd want to know about the history of atomic destruction and being a steward of the power. DH's prize for following me to all the deserts. <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 08:18:58 EST Joshua Tree National Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457743 I went for the stars and stayed for the landscapes! <BR> <BR> I think this is the Pleiades or Seven Sisters constellation <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/775c887f-d1ce-45dd-bc15-b703b22ede49.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The observatory <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d089bc1-62e4-489b-9574-97e326dbebe7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Joshua Tree National park is huge but the paved roads only took about 3 hours for quick viewing <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 20:27:53 EST Eats and some of the oddities in vacationing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457402 I do not like fast food except Wendy's salads. Sadly it's not a popular brand in the deep country. In Pahrump I found a pizza place with exceptional food and prices. A hot veggie sandwich on the softest whole wheat roll and a glass of white wine was like a queen's meal one night. <BR> The smell of BBQ wafts into your nostrils in every crossroad town, with 30 miles of desert dust and tumbleweed in between. You give in to the comfort. <BR> We took a break in Lucerne Valley, CA at a small stop.... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:40:06 EST Death Valley gave me enough exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456762 Desolate and vast. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2705e3c-b24b-4e47-ae61-1e843e717ff4.jpg"> <BR> Dry. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9abeedb-c6d0-4e7e-a54d-a379e1b9da34.jpg"> <BR> Perhaps not so dry as we arrived after the record rains of two weeks ago in California. The white you see is salt, borax and other minerals that crystalize in layers on the valley floor. Add a little water and you grow about an inch while it sticks to the soles of you ... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 08:47:36 EST I'm back and ready to begin, again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456466 Forty years and a 9 day anniversary vacation into Death Valley, Joshua Tree NP and other southern California, Arizona and Nevada stops revealed why we are still together after all these years. Mutual respect and wicked senses of humor. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Leadership skills. <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> He follows me wherever I go! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I took plenty of pictures and will share some once I get organized. I wanted to take pictures of the Milky Way and did, sort o... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 10:39:08 EST Cold day in celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454168 Forty years ago today there was one of three “blizzards of ‘78”. <BR> We got married in 2 feet of snow. <BR> Moved into our first house in an ice storm. <BR> Both kids were born in snowstorms. <BR> <BR> We are celebrating in the deep southwest and sure enough, there’s snow in the desert mountains! <BR> <BR> 20 degrees and 30 mph winds while trying to photograph the stars. <BR> Government shutdown will hamper today’s drives and short hikes but we’ll prevail. <BR> It’s warm in the car and h... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:25:04 EST Real world chatting and such http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451773 I had the pleasure of breakfasting this morning with the "DAWG" and one of her charming sisters. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> It was nice to catch up in person again and discuss more than our "weighty" issues. We have met multiple times and it always seems I'm meeting an old friend I've missed for a while. We discussed Boston in April for those of you still on the fence to attend- you know who you are! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> It brought to my attention my lack of a social life since becoming... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:07:21 EST One slip does not a habit break. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451273 7 out of 8 days I did not have an evening snack! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> That night was my fit of self-pity which ended with me not enjoying what I ate. I did not stop myself from eating it! I had added to my dinner menu as well. Lucky me the extra eating made me feel unwell and I am hanging on to that feeling. <BR> It was a frustrating day and I missed recognizing my reactions and will try to find something other than food next time. <BR> And there WILL always be a next time. <BR> <em>... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:22:27 EST What? 60 degrees at 10 am? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450606 I woke up with that funky feeling in the back of my throat, DH did too. <BR> No wonder! <BR> On Sunday the thermometer in my car registered minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit! <BR> This morning it's 60F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I wish I could take advantage of the heat without a raincoat! I'll try my best though. <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:16:25 EST Making a habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450169 My big win was last night DH went to bed ahead of me. <BR> Like visions of sugar plums the contents of the refrigerator danced in my head. <BR> I banished them! <BR> <BR> A few more weeks and I'll have a habit! Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:35:08 EST The (Queen) bee's knees. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449905 I have lots going on. <BR> I saw my ortho yesterday and opted to have the cortisone injection in my knee instead of the hyaluronic acid. I've decided to schedule the tear repair and as he put it, resurfacing of my knee cap for April. I knew not to ask for carved in stone number for success and he hinted I could stave off replacement for "many" years this way if all goes as planned. By then someone might have perfected an artificial knee cap replacement! Pain and swelling should be reduced eno... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:58:37 EST Threepeat for no nightime snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448368 Three nights in a row with no snacking after dinner! That's a win for me and I hope I can keep it up but I can't say it was all due to willpower. <BR> <BR> The first night DH stayed up watching a show with me. He got a bag of chips, offered me some and I gallantly said no while chiding him for eating them. The next night I went to bed way before him, exhausted after a busy day! Last night I just didn't feel like eating. <BR> <BR> My night snacking began when he was ill. I waited to go to b... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 06:24:53 EST Keeping it up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447979 I have continued my exercising into the new year with a little help from mother nature. <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> I give myself credit for sticking to my exercise plans and becoming stronger and more fit. I get the knee injection next week, and I'm not allowed to do any leg exercises for about 7 days so really will be limited. Hopefully he'll allow me to at least walk in the pool after the first 4 days. <BR> <BR> I've found some ways to attack my evening forays into the kitchen. Perhaps I ... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 08:15:19 EST My "something shiny" is food and other thoughts for snowy bombogenesis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447071 My older daughter texted me yesterday "Ready for the snow bomb?" as it was described in local news. The storm even has a name, Grayson. Sounds so Robinesque (Dick Grayson, Batman's ward). <BR> <em>530</em> <BR> To be classified as a weather bomb, or having undergone bombogenesis or "bombing-out", the central pressure of a low pressure system must drop at least 24 millibars within 24 hours. Thanks, Weather Channel, now I know why my joints feel like a category 4 hurricane is at my door. ... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 08:07:03 EST Sparkiversary #9. What do I have to show for it and what's next? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445431 Here I am again on January 1 2018. <BR> I joined Spark People on January 1, 2009. <BR> I have lost and gained probably 100 pounds. Yet I am only about 15 pounds away from my logged in starting weight which in a fit of anger sometime ago I blanked it out. Before Spark, near the end of 2008, my scale hit 242. Yesterday it was 217. <BR> <BR> Am I discouraged? Yes. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Am I a failure? <BR> NO WAY! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Had I not been here, I most likely would have gai... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:40:23 EST Goodbye to 2017 and hello 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444931 I'm off again to my training class then into the 102F whirlpool. I may not get out all day! <BR> <em>175</em> <BR> 2017 was a year of medical issues for me. Who (I) can forget shingles, leg surgery, detached retina with it's accompanying face down slothness. All the while DH got better and better! <BR> <em>282</em> <BR> Through it all we traveled to Chincoteague to see the ponies and Wallops Space Center, a car auction to see old cars with our traveling duo siblings, the Canadian Rock... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 07:24:07 EST Deceptive blog advertising meal replacements with testimonials on Spark. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444856 Feeling a bit out of control in my eating lately, I was inclined to follow an advertisement which had been showing up routinely on my start page. I read <BR> <BR> "7 Members Find Success with Meal Replacements" the HMR advertisement by Elizabeth Lowry <BR> <BR> Fishy <BR> <BR> I linked to the 7 Spark members in the blog to read how they had been working on their plans. I found 1 page did not exist. 2 of these "participating members" had never had any activity other than set up, one in 2005... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 23:21:07 EST A wonderful night in NYC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444313 Last night was a night of wonderful music and a bit too much on the dinner plate! <BR> DD2 and SIL2 took me out to dinner at one of Manhattans' famous steak houses. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63e492b4-d38a-4169-a128-1668acf4c307.jpg"> <BR> We ate at Keen's for a way too expensive meal (in my book). I ate well, but too much meat and beef is rarely in my diet nowadays. My inner brain hit the 'waste not want not playback' and I was encouraged by my SIL who was humming... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 09:22:10 EST Getting ready for the new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444002 I've continued my exercise streak although I don't often log it in. I'm going to be the best I can to continue keeping my knees healthy-as well as the rest of me. <BR> My muscles are awesome, my joints, not so much. That's the part I'll go by when working with my new trainer in a month. I have to take a week or so off once I get the hyaluronic acid injection the DH and I will fly away for 2 weeks of cold desert "hiking". <BR> My "focus" will be trying to get the Milky Way on starry nights as... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:18:59 EST A merry day was had by all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443424 Big kids playing with old school toys <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c7b2322-3863-48b5-adaa-65e013ef9735.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We took a Christmas walk and SIL2 decided to cross a tree on the canal overflow. Lucky for him he did not fall in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00b1925e-3a70-4da9-a315-47f16c244775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner with the grands. So fun to have your own table! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c097f47-bc7c-4f71-... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:09:17 EST Exercising mind and body. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442871 Enjoy your Christmas celebrations, those of you who do! <BR> In our family it will include days of anticipated snacking, eating and snacking. Drinking, not so much. I don't believe I've ever had eggnog drinks but I think they'd be better off as liquid for pancakes. <BR> <BR> Today is a pool day and I'm off in a few minutes. I've kept my promise to myself to get into better shape and have hit the fitness center 4-5 days a week for the past month. I'm signing up with a new trainer as the cur... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 07:40:48 EST Peparing for a better Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442375 Even though I've had an evil twin feed me things I shouldn't have, I've managed to do better than ok with my meals. I will continue to try to keep the phantom calories at bay! <BR> <BR> The man in my life is trying to make up for his lack of participation in the last two Christmases. Sort of like Ebenezer waking up and realizing he has another day to make things better! He continues to marvel over the time passed and what he missed while gravely ill. He wants to make it up to me. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:50:27 EST Sprucing up and other items of low interest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441785 Today is highlight and cut day. I keep teasing I'm getting my lowest 3 inches of hair dyed teal or purple and DH rolls his eyes. <BR> The last work I had done was April. I'm a REAL low maintenance gal. <BR> <BR> I shopped the other day to find small gift items for stocking stuffers and in a fit of my emotional distress over some life happenings, bought a bunch of stuff I shouldn't. I've determined I can no longer, in the same evening watching a show, consume cheese curls, chocolate, wine, ch... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 07:54:33 EST Trying my best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441084 Or trying to try my best. <BR> Watching the calories in vs calories out. <BR> Finding foods that make my teeth happy. <BR> Working out at the gym and pool. Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:46:27 EST Dental dilema and dieting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440586 I visited my friendly neighborhood periodontist today to discuss my impending dental implant. <BR> Scheduled for February, I have some time to visit a few diets to accommodate the lack of chewing that will accompany the procedure. Most likely soft or liquid diets and soon. <BR> <BR> The implant itself would not be such a problem but the exact tooth on the other side of my jaw has cracked and needs removed as well! <BR> <BR> Where was my guardian angel when I chewed Tootsie Pops, ice and ja... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:42:27 EST Measurements of a different kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439841 I measured my breakfast ingredients, as usual, and measured my oatmeal in weight instead of volume today. <BR> Hmmmm. <BR> 1/4 cup dry should have been 20 grams (75 cal). it was 32g (120cal). <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I proceeded to conduct a few other measurements, including control weights, and continued to find my oatmeal was not weighing as described on the box. Other oatmeal in the cabinet was correct. <BR> <BR> I am by no means a fanatic when it comes to food measurement. But gee whiz... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:14:19 EST Another family Christmas party done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438935 This year we were minus a few people. My granddaughter had hand, foot and mouth disease which causes blisters on the named areas along with fever and cough. A virus without a prevention, yet. She stayed home with her dad. My DD2 and her hubby had other plans but send a picture of the granddog and his first snowfall. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68051483-8a45-4d53-8dc0-7739d3ddc5cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A nephew and his family could also not attend. Even without these peopl... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 23:48:17 EST Bonus blog, the results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438584 As expected: <BR> My weight was only 1 pound under what I was when last measured at the gym in 2015. We won't include the 19 pounds lost and re-found several times in two years. <BR> Virtually no changes in measurements. They are up or down a bit but I take that to be different people measuring me at different times. One notation was my awesome biceps which increased about an inch. <BR> <BR> My Direct Body Fat percentage decreased by 5%! <BR> I'll take that as a Hallelujah, Amen! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:24:50 EST