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'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 Visiting Jupiter (Florida) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900880 Here you go. <BR> Right outside my room <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l285654487.jpg"> <BR> Visiting Jonathan Dickenson park <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l569875657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1004346549.jpg"> <BR> We climbed the Jupiter Lighthouse <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1068111666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1109592624.jpg"> ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:44:54 EST Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900427 It was short and sweet. <BR> First flight Friday was cancelled; we had a 3 hour delay and lots of snow removal on our plane. Landed in West Palm Beach at 9:30pm into 70 degrees. <BR> Ahhhhhhh. <BR> I had 2.5 days of sunshine, 88 degrees, water, dog-loving from Lucy, my cousins' doxie and two nice evenings with my cuz. <BR> DH and I rested, swam, hot tubbed, climbed the Jupiter lighthouse (pictures to follow) and didn't think about anything for two days. Drove by a few houses for sale and my... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:25:34 EST Respite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896096 I will be in warmer weather for a few days. <BR> Working since 1 am, I cooked chicken soup, roasted Brussels spouts. <BR> Worked from home until time to go to work. <BR> DH got up, I said see if you can take off. <BR> He did, I did. <BR> I need a break. <BR> <BR> Happy dance! <BR> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:26:29 EST What goes around...same old day a year later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895011 I could have copied my blogs from this time last year and re-posted this year. <BR> Insomnia <BR> Migraine <BR> Mid-night bathroom breaks. <BR> It seems not much has changed and almost to the day! <BR> 'cept I'm a year older, not much wiser and only a few pounds less than then. <BR> Huh, <BR> I need to get a life. <em>24</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:21:18 EST Some Jersey shore this 50+yr resident hasn't seen. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893729 I get around, a lot. But that doesn't mean I've covered every inch of the state. <BR> Yesterday we took a drive to avoid the boredom of togetherness on the sofa. We shared togetherness in a car after spending some quality time with two squiggle worms for breakfast. <BR> I drove searching for ocean and found Asbury where we flashed by the Stone Pony.. LOL a Springsteen song was on! <BR> Our concern was hitting what was left of the boardwalk and viewing the construction of the Convention hall.... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:47:55 EST Fancy days in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892456 3/13/15 <BR> Friday the 13th! <BR> Not much happened today and since it's almost over, I'll trust no one will meet me in the dark with a chainsaw. <BR> Or will they? <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> 3.1415 <BR> Pi day! <BR> At 9:26 eat some pie...it will be 3.1415926. <BR> <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> 3/15/15 <BR> Caesar beware the Ides of March. <BR> <em>42</em> <BR> Also the anniversary of my grandmother's birth in 1897. <BR> <BR> 3/16/15-Uh, nothing I can think of. <BR> <BR> 3/17/15 <... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:13:06 EST The virtues of apparently good genes when healing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891891 I see not a single bruise. <BR> A slight muscle ache in my triceps seems more like lifting one too many weights. <BR> The scrape on my chin is gone. <BR> Ribs are fine. <BR> My hip feels like it always does. <BR> <BR> So what did I learn from my feet flying out from under me, not having time to react...at all....and laying down the hard way on the pavement? <BR> <BR> I was darned lucky! <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:42:28 EST Olympic bid on ice, body slam. The things you think in a brief second. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890257 No Olympics save this time like the last where I went down on one knee. <BR> Ta da. <BR> I went down like a 216 pound, almost 61, grandmother of two, with my lunch bag and pocket book. <BR> I did a full body slam. Came down on my hip with the bursitis, shoulder and my head. <BR> Don't be scared. I still look pretty. I have a small scrape on my chin. No headache this morning but sure had a good one yesterday. Probably a huge bruise under the fat on my thigh-perhaps this was one time having sad... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 04:49:58 EST Birdsong in the air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889083 Sweet, sweet Spring! <BR> The sound of early campers claiming their territory had boosted my inner self. <BR> Yesterday I spied an old robin's nest in an apple tree which survived the winter. It was piled about 6 inches high with snow. <BR> Great construction to last through the winds, snow and torrential rains we've had. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying (not) the quiet crunch of snow under my feet in the morning and hearing the invisible return of Spring. <BR> I worry about my daffodils. <BR> If th... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:27:57 EST Snow no, no, no, no, no,no more please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887904 I don't have the gianormic, epic, once-in-a-lifetime piles that they have in Boston. <BR> No, thank you. <BR> I do have some chest high piles in front of my house and along the sides of the driveway. <BR> I cannot fathom the ability to sling the snow up and over any higher than this. <BR> It was not the type of exercise I was looking for this winter but I can say shoveling this last time caused no stress on my arms which now have biceps like Popeye. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Come on s... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:55:27 EST Seriously tired of snow and lots of other things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884979 I drove 3 hours on highways today with snow and ice impeding my progress. <BR> I took DH on a drive yesterday and we stayed overnight in Christiana Del <BR> (hello ROXYZMOM) to check out the huge mall. Didn't spend a dime! <BR> Went to the movies and stopped breathing for 2 hours watching American Sniper. <BR> Enjoyed a night away from the routine. <BR> Visited another Cabela's and I got new hiking shoes. <BR> Then the long drive home to NJ. <BR> Pelted by sleet, then snow, then sleet again... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:33:26 EST Happy Friday, next to last day in February; looking for March to march in like a lion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883536 In like a lion, out like a lamb, yes? <BR> It goes along with groundhog wisdom. <BR> I'm more of an April showers bring May flowers girl. <BR> And what to Mayflowers bring?, you may continue. <BR> Well, pilgrim...... <BR> <BR> Today is the beginning of a new era in my department. Yesterday I fired the last of the original staff amid problems of epic proportions. Decisions made on the fly, in my absence using personal opinion instead of procedural science. I'll be cleaning this up for a whil... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:32:08 EST Contemplating a goal. Not quite making my case, but at least I'm discriptive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882893 I am not a goal oriented person. I get flummoxed when asked to define my goals. <BR> I see pictures, big pictures. <BR> Red rock hills and cotton ball clouds in a blue sky. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1227953962.jpg"> <BR> Dusty chocolate bison on a golden sea of grass. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217300442.jpg"> <BR> Rainforest green paths to nowhere. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1818561550.jpg"> <BR> C... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:04:27 EST Random thoughts for a Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881592 Exhausted. This weekend took a toll on me. At least I've been sleeping. <BR> The stresses of the past month or so have allowed me the opportunity to find lost pounds. <BR> Sigh, my own fault. <BR> Work is awful; that's for another day. <BR> DH is past some of his recent illness but no more compliant than he was before. Getting a prescription for a med he had allowed to become non-renewable (over a year without) has made a world of difference in his health. Prolonging the inevitable? <BR> Did... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:37:59 EST My younger DD married today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879643 Whew, that was a whirlwind of activity! From temporarily loosing the groom to some British devil humor from his best friend, going to the wrong place and a last minute dress tear and no thread. We found the groom and the place. I fixed the dress using white nylon cord from DD's tool box. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1805543823.jpg"> <BR> She looked beautiful and he handsome. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1677355413.jpg"> <BR> Mom and Dad... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:24:42 EST Question-popping, dress and suit buying, notifying guests and watching the weather. And two cute pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876013 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l386352082.jpg"> <BR> Dress-check <BR> Suits-check <BR> Set the date-check <BR> Guests invited-check <BR> License approved-check <BR> Pop the formal question-oops! <BR> <BR> Find a romantic place in in NYC on Valentine's day to ask her if she will after 3 years of international Skype-ing, Tango-ing, texting, calling, short visit, long vacation meetings? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1591547673.jpg"> <BR> CHECK! <BR... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 07:23:39 EST Spinning Wheel Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874868 Flash back to a warm July 1964. <BR> Yeah, that far back! <BR> The playground equipment at the ball field included the wooden spinning wheel. <BR> The kind with four bent steel pipes set to use as handles, a splinter producing wooden floor and a central post that wasn't quite straight so the whole thing wobbled as well as spun. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> Now I've perked up the memories of a LOT of my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> We laid on it, belly down, and pushed ourselves around with dirty h... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 04:53:14 EST Fifty shades bear part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874080 For those of you who haven't read the series, it's a "love" story with S&M erotica. <BR> Not great writing but, whatever. <BR> <BR> The fun part was when I told some co-workers about the commercial. <BR> I asked what kind of accessories do you think they are offering? <BR> Our young IT gentleman blushed, looked at me and asked "Maybe a riding crop?: <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> As straight as I possibly could say..."Nah, a cat 'o nine tails is more fun." <BR> As he ran out of the room I said" R... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:04:03 EST Fifty shades of What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873629 I listened to WHYY NPR radio station sponsor spot yesterday. <BR> Vermont Teddy Bear Company. <BR> Usually it's the cupid bear, valentine hugs bear etc. <BR> Announcer says <BR> "Featuring the Fifty Shades of Gray bear, WITH ACCESSORIES" <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:00:36 EST How to get in 13520 steps (6.37) miles without finding a dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870470 Take a daughter shopping. <em>24</em> <BR> No, take TWO daughters shopping. <em>198</em> <BR> Now make those two daughters, who both have birthdays this week, turn ages 32 and 35. <BR> Note to self: Since when did you have a kid who was turning 35? <BR> NOW make the younger a bride to be who is having an informal, city hall ceremony and an increasingly large dinner party at a yet to be determined restaurant in Manhattan. <em>46</em> <BR> In two weeks. <BR> NOW take that same 32 year ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 05:44:33 EST Enjoying reading a good race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869796 Empire State Building. <BR> My quads ache at the thought of those steps. <BR> Being local, and having viewed the ESB frequently from various places and angles, I enjoyed reading the winners times this morning. My DD lives directly across the river so she views it daily. Frequenting NYC, it's one building I haven't entered although I've walked past the doors many times (it's for tourists?). <BR> In my "youth" and certainly better fit days, we had a race on poster board in our gym for who coul... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 04:43:53 EST Oddly, today is the quietest day to work in health care. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866979 Working in health care for 40 years has given me some timely perspective of the ebb and flow of illness and people seeking help. <BR> <BR> Best time of the year to visit an ER? Forget Christmas, New Years eve and Thanksgiving. July 4? Busy as can be. Try Super Bowl Sunday between 3-10pm. <BR> <BR> You can hear a pin drop. <BR> <BR> The vacuum starts around 3pm with a lack of ear-aches, coughs and sore throats. Hardly a patient stops in to say "I've had this fever-ache-pain-stomach thing ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:12:45 EST From the Indies to Andes in His Undies. Things to hum at 3 am to keep sane! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866317 From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies <BR> And he never took a shave except on Mondays. <BR> He didn't eat a thing but chocolate sundaes <BR> 'Twas a very, very daring thing to do! <BR> Otto Zilch-he's the hero of the ages <BR> Otto Zilch-he will surely enter history's pages <BR> Sung by the Hoosier Hot Shots <BR> <BR> Up again at 3 am contemplating this thing I call my life. <BR> <BR> I've walked through the door after work (the alternate universe) every day for the past several wee... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:40:24 EST Bonus small blog. Forced compliance for DH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864968 I told you so. <BR> <BR> I didn't say it, didn't have to. <BR> I sat next to the bed in the emergency room Tuesday watching the third bag of saline drip into the man who was too dehydrated to complain. He's smart but has been really, really stupid. <BR> <BR> It's up to him to keep his appointments, monitor his eating and his glucose. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:39:40 EST Overlooking the fitness tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864965 I keep forgetting to log my steps which are tracked on my phone. <BR> I put in a lot of steps in a day as part of routine work. I quit trying to get in the 10,000 steps as part of a normal day but I rack up between 5,000 and 7,000. Not too shabby for someone who spends a LOT of time at a computer or sitting in meetings. <BR> <BR> I entered them into the tracker and lo and behold I found where those extra calories I have eaten have gone. I've been negligent in reducing my intake but haven't g... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:32:27 EST Not missing the brunt of the storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863482 I woke at 3:30 figuring I'd better layer up and get out there. <BR> <BR> I am pleasantly surprised the is only about 2-3 inches of snow! We may get more later but for now I can sweep off my car and drive away to work. <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> Guess I'll have to burn some calories another way. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:22:20 EST Snow, a chance to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862690 I shoveled a couple of heavy inches of the white stuff Saturday morning. <BR> While I rested I found a snow calculator which I have to investigate a bit more. It gave me the weight of what I assume is "average" snow so the heavy, back -breaking wet stuff I lifted may have been under measured. <BR> <BR> There's already flakes on the ground this morning at the start of "Juno" ,,, <BR> Stop- <BR> When did winter storms get named? <BR> I remember the "Blizzards of '78", the "Spring snow of '82",... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:30:07 EST And it all goes down the drain. FInally. Free-flowing tub. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862062 DH tried one more trick before calling in reinforcements to get the bathtub drain to unclog. I've pulled up my big girl panties and quit eating to the distress. <BR> <BR> As stated in my previous blog where I described my mindless, emotion-driven snacking, the tub stopped draining and we couldn't get the snake into the pipe. We cut open the kitchen wall to investigate and found when the new tub was installed in 2002, the plumber engineered a slight incline to accommodate sewer trajectory an... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:05:01 EST Mental Toughness, blogging and Spark friends. A win-win-win. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861408 Blogging on Spark has been my therapy. I don't have a physical personal journal, a diary to write my challenges and triumphs. You get a glimpse of my world when I'm stressed or joyful, trying to reach for a goal or a gentle "virtual" pat on the shoulder. <BR> <BR> The fortunate part for me is I get feedback on the mental musings of my challenges. The advice comes off the cuff or from the heart depending on the reader. I've been the recipient of some good information and had a laugh from som... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:14:54 EST Care for more work woes? Remember when I was job searching LAST time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860752 My administrators are scouring the fields for someone to come help me clean up the mess that continues to be discovered. I compiled a spreadsheet of the what, why and the consequences of my challenges. I didn't only list issues I had proposed solutions which appeased the skeptics. (Here she comes whining again!) <BR> <BR> Unfortunately one of the solutions is firing the last of the original staff. <BR> <BR> I gave this person every trick in my book to ensure they performed things the right ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:55:44 EST Recognition of behavior after the bite has been taken. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859249 Ok, I wouldn't spit the food out on the floor for several reasons; <BR> It wasn't poison (sort-of) <BR> It wasn't too hot <BR> That's just gross! <BR> <BR> However, the thought crossed my mind only after the package had been opened with grumbling to myself about the situation I was in. My focus was on the thoughts in my head than the action on the counter. <BR> <BR> With the kitchen wall cut open and bathtub pipes exposed to show a small leak but no reason for no draining, I was extremely m... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:41:05 EST Postponing promises to myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856909 Siebold apologized in advance if he offended me with telling me I may be acting like a child. <BR> No offense taken. <BR> I am not sure my behavior is child-like as much as I haven't gotten off the couch this time out of shear lack of focus, not quite despair, but certainly I am not on my game this time. <BR> Is the fact that I am simply stating "I can't commit" a childish behavior? His words make as much sense this time as last. I agree with much of what he says and follow good practices thr... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:35:18 EST My Olympic bid on ice. No one gave me a score for my performance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854804 I still have grace, all 212 pounds of me. <BR> I exhibited that grace when walking to my car the other night in a dark parking lot. <BR> My right foot stepped on a patch of hidden ice, a LONG patch. <BR> As my foot slid I came down on my left knee as nicely as any professional at the end of their dance. Sort off. <BR> My knee and shin cracked onto the pavement, right leg extended. <BR> Within milliseconds I jumped up, hands in the air and declared "I'm ok!" <BR> DH, so concerned, continued t... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:37:32 EST