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 the grid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789283 I shall be off the grid shortly for some very well deserved R&R. <BR> No phones, no computers. <BR> Hiking, climbing to views unknown. <BR> Not leaving today but letting you know I'll be gone for several weeks. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:22:12 EST Another beautiful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788288 A simple weather report for those in the Northeast....get outside. <BR> Sorry to any of you with clouds. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:48:47 EST Dreams, prophesy or nightime decisions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786564 I don't remember dreams too often but when I do, they are memorable. Recent events along with my current bout of insomnia have made me acutely affected by several dreams. <BR> The one which pushed me over the edge of "Hey, wazup?" occurred 2 nights ago. <BR> <BR> I'm driving (slow motion) in a light rain and see a few fender-benders on my left. More accidents appear, no one is crying for help but everyone is being helped. I drive near a huge pileup and large flakes of snow begin to fall. The... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:32:47 EST Points blitz today...big brother Spark watching? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785925 I won a gazillion points today as well as goodie points. Hmm. Does the computer read the blogs? <BR> LOL have a great day. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:43:57 EST Contemplating those Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785262 Do you have to be a winner to win big? <BR> I spin the darned wheel and get a few points. Then I click the flag of a team for another point or two. <BR> Hooray, I get a second pick. Another point or two. <BR> But ho, get a mega point click and I get all the picks I'd ever need plus a bonus spin! <BR> <BR> Is there some psyco-babble in this? <BR> <BR> Do only big winners get more chances to win? <BR> <BR> If I lost another 10 pounds would I suddenly feel like loosing 30? <BR> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:48:37 EST A rolling stone and all those proverbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784475 I have gathered no moss! <BR> <BR> I managed to take 8,000 steps without leaving my house Saturday then added another 1,000 or so in the evening. Likewise on Sunday. We had our new shed delivered and I spent two days working on the inside to ready it for maximum storage. I almost completed the re-landscaping of stones around my pool. <BR> Shoveling, walking, carrying, more shoveling. Climbing, retrieving carrying and measuring. <BR> <BR> The grass is always greener on the other side of the ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:41:44 EST Thanks WATERMELLEN, for poking holes in my cheese! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778347 "indulging would trigger a full blown fat/salt/sugar simple carbfest . . . from which I might emerge after Thanksgiving and after Christmas and after Valentine's Day in or about May." <BR> Whoa! <BR> 2 nights ago at the peak of my latest crisis, I was standing in the kitchen, cutting pieces of cheese to eat with crackers while waiting for 2 slices of pizza to heat in the oven. <BR> Followed that with ice cream-and added caramel sauce no less! <BR> <BR> WHO DID MY SHOPPING????????? <BR> The ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:50:15 EST Remembrances and peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778172 I remember... <BR> The Cuban Missile Crisis, air raid drills and fallout shelters. <BR> My parents whispering. <BR> Vietnam. <BR> My friends went off to war...or Canada. <BR> I remember life moving on. <BR> Then I got busy with life. Job, kids, family. <BR> Then one day the world imploded. <BR> Shadowed by that fearful day was another tragedy 2 months later in Queens New York when flight 587 went down. <BR> We locals had our fears renewed until the investigation revealed it was an accident. <... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:10:33 EST Living with someone who can't throw anything away. Venting then moving on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777014 Need a pen, post-it pad, company notepad, an insulated coffee cup or key chain picked up at a convention? Come to my store. <BR> It's a politic way of stating I live with a hoarder. You can't walk in my garage except for the path to the freezer. The shed is full. One bedroom is full. He rents a storage room. He is encroaching on another bedroom. <BR> <BR> He gets fixated on projects, then drops them. There are many items purchased for projects that never see fruition. 30 years worth of pro... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:04:50 EST A word on berries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775598 To answer a few Spark friend questions. <BR> Nope, don't like blueberries or raspberries but if I was starving, I'd eat them and I will eat dried blueberries, cherries and cranberries. <BR> As a kid growing up in South Jersey, you knew when it was blueberry season. The air smelled wonderful. The woods contained wild blueberry bushes and if you were as scrappy as me, you spent lots of time "roaming". I know the look of the plants, even the feel of the flowers but I don't think I ate them. <BR... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 06:01:45 EST My big boy turned 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774374 My first GS turned 4 this week! <BR> Those of you who were "present" for his arrival on my page must be feeling time fleeting by as fast as I do! <BR> No fancy pictures, I used my new phone. <BR> He got what he wanted for his birthday cake...blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and "frosting"-Cool Whip. I should take a clue from these kids! <BR> Get ready <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l541264459.jpg"> <BR> Blow! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 06:07:57 EST Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774187 OVERWORKEDJANET is: <BR> Hopeful <BR> Fearful <BR> Tired <BR> Worn out <BR> Anticipating vacation <BR> Dreading leaving <BR> Out of control <BR> Living <BR> Living <BR> Living <BR> <BR> Life is good when you appreciate the small beauties, small victories and little things. My world currently has big problems, enormous trials and tribulations. Sometimes it is difficult to find the small or beautiful things to make me smile. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the fast-moving torrential rain we had today bec... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:02:04 EST Another weekend, another day trip. Aviation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771637 I grew up with planes. At my birth Dad was an air traffic controller in Washington, then Pittsburgh. My first flight was at 6 years old to the now defunct National Aviation and Experimental Center, NAFEC from where Dad would retire. I spent time in air control towers enchanted with radar screens and microphones and computer ROOMS- miles of wires, tape reels and heat. I also got to hop skip and jump into hangars and cargo planes. My closest friends' dad was a fighter pilot. Funny how I ignore ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 06:36:14 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769151 Enjoy your long weekend, if you get one. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:27:42 EST I keep opening doors on new possibilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766475 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1740085010.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You don't know what's inside until you open it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l590711368.jpg"> <BR> What's on the other side may be less fearful then you think. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1813095695.jpg"> <BR> A new threshold to step over. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l438727375.jpg"> <BR> If I opened it, the mystery will be gone. <... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:35:46 EST Re-committing to my challenge; or "Can I have a straightjacket , please?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765356 Get real, Janet. <BR> Ok, I did. <BR> My weight tracker now shows the 5lbs I gained back. 208. <BR> <BR> My co-workers asked me to be in a challenge and I accepted. They get a $50 reward somehow on their insurance (I don't subscribe) if each of them walks 56,000 steps per week. My reward? Fitness. <BR> <BR> I have a nifty new phone with a pedometer and one of the girls goaded me into using it wisely. I have been tracking with it since purchase. I definitely note the days I spend in front of... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:13:20 EST Feeling less-than-Sparky and seeing it in other blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764495 ARE WE ALL FREAKIN' STRESSED? <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I'm reading that life is catching up to a few of my Sparky friends and am watching the hand-to-mouth disease in my own household. <BR> I admit things are blowing up here for me and I am reacting by eating. <BR> It's strange to have the conversations with the woman in the mirror. <BR> <BR> Stop eating junk. <BR> You stop buying it. <BR> I wouldn't buy it if you didn't drive there. <BR> Then don't. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately the woman talki... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:33:21 EST Crossing the Delaware on foot, racking up almost 5 miles of walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761860 Nope, didn't roll my pants legs up although there are places you can. <BR> Sunday's trip was Washington Crossing State Park, both states! <BR> NJ side Johnsons ferry house, built in the mid 1700's. A 490 acre plantation. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727910978.jpg"> <BR> My favorite Delaware & Raritan Canal, the feeder canal along the Delaware <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1736328082.jpg"> <BR> Crossing the Delaware on foot <BR> <img src=... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:44:55 EST If you can't beat 'em take them on trips to get moving! Battleship NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761332 A new tactic between me and SrIL. Let's arrange trips to get the guys off the couch. That way we can get our much needed exercise and they can too. <BR> We visited the US Battleship New Jersey yesterday and I got to longingly look at my former haunt, Philadelphia, across the river. <BR> We took two kids to a candy store. Their dad was in the SeaBees, both guys were pipefitters, gun nuts and enjoy a good military offering. <BR> She's the biggest in the Iowa Class. We've been on the Missouri ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:00:36 EST Pedicure and Murphy's Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759765 I love sparkles. That's about as girly as I get. I took a Mental Health day today and spent a few hours with DD and GS2 for some shopping, play time and lunch. <BR> I left their house and thought hey, it's Me Time, do something different. <BR> Pedicure. <BR> There is some bravery to this as I have a phobia about having my feet touched. I could have written a dark, scary poem about the experience but let's say I survived. <BR> I sat with my arms crossed (yes, I did) and sweated it out while a... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:10:48 EST Supermoon pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758431 It wasn't so much super as pretty. I've seen the Harvest Moon where it appears to take over the sky as it rises. <BR> However, at the end of the evening, I was satisfied. <BR> Lighthouse in Raritan Bay <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2142368383.jpg"> <BR> The Freedom Tower IN NYC looming over Staten Island <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1822591502.jpg"> <BR> Moonrise over the veterans memorial <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:18:43 EST Trying to finish the day with an introspective, retroflective smile; again thanks to WATERMELLEN. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757041 Some of us are of a "certain age" and can remember when girls didn't wear pants to school, playing sports was uncool and boys ruled the playground. In the late '60's and early '70's I tried my darndest to be pretty, cried when boys called me fat and accepted a boyfriend (my ex) less than what I deserved. <BR> I went to college in an area where girls were supposed to get married right out of high school, have babies and stay home. I rebelled and went to a 2 year school as my dad "would not w... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:05:34 EST 6 days without drama. A new record. Thanks to WATERMELLEN, I'm thinking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756181 Simply no emergency medical visits, tears, disasters, financial crisis or broken things. <BR> <BR> I have been in a not-so-good emotional state so have a pint of ice cream in the freezer which has been tapped. In portioning it out and EATING it I notice there is not as much pleasure in the bowl as there used to be. Ok, one hit, one strike, one man on base? <BR> <BR> I continue to question the decision I made to change jobs. I left prestige, some renown. I see my peers publishing things I co... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 08:00:55 EST 3 days with no drama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754651 I don't know if I can stand the strain! <BR> 3 days without drama, crying screeching, someone needing emergency attention in my family. <BR> The most exciting thing to happen was the Marilyn Monroe moment my DD had in NYC while walking down the sidewalk last night. <BR> Her long sun dress ballooned upward when she stepped on a grate. She said she grabbed the front, good move. <BR> Unfortunately the back flipped right up and got hung up on her backpack. <BR> Cute buns in a thong for all to see... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:36:37 EST A new streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753390 One. <BR> One whole day without drama, fear or excitement. <BR> Went to work then took DD for another test. <BR> Bought dinner on the way home, pulled weeds outside. <BR> Bed by 10. <BR> I woke up around 2 by some strange dream I can't remember and rolled over to be nudged by my alarm at 5:30. <BR> Maybe I can do that again today! Tue, 5 Aug 2014 06:13:56 EST Trains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752133 The rain stopped and it got gloomy. I'd rather move around than sit in gloom. <BR> So, hey, let's drive to Lancaster and ride on trains! <BR> Look at, sit in, play with trains. <BR> Start with the little ones <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1066791602.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1249649961.jpg"> <BR> Go for the big ones <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l587573576.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:11:37 EST I love rainy days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751533 Listening to rain on the roof, trickles in the gutter, splash on the leaves. <BR> I think today is either going to be a day of sitting on my porch, occasionally cooking food for storage OR I may take a walk on the canal. I haven't gotten rainy summer photos yet and I bet the turtles and frogs will be out and about. <BR> It will depend on my mood after 2nd cup of life-starting coffee. <BR> I NEED A REST DAY! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 07:55:10 EST Update on all the family members, including me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749925 My older DD is doing well, drove around and took the kids to the pool AFTER she picked up the epi-pen. Also took a buddy to feel safer for a bit. <BR> Lucas had lots to talk about with his candy venture, something which does not occur in any of our households. <BR> Imagine...A kid who doesn't get much opportunity to pick candy and what did he pick? <BR> Two Sour Patch Kids. <BR> I wish I had my camera! <BR> Ben is none the worse for the wear. Babies don't care as long as they are fed and wate... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:58:05 EST Ambulance rides from a 3yr olds perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749418 "The siren went woooooo woooo woooo and I got to sit in a seat with buckles and I didn't have to sit in a booster seat and when we turned the ambulance went whoa this way and what's that and why are you here and what's that?" <BR> According to my pal, Lucas: <BR> "Mommy got stunk by a 3ft yellow jack and somebody's grandfather called 911. I didn't get to eat my bagel. Can I have my cholat milk why are you here? Where's Daddy? Mommy does it hurt? What's that beeping noise what happens if I pus... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:33:45 EST Took GS out for his first real day with the grandparents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747973 We went on a train ride. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1879837196.jpg"> <BR> It was a bit longer than he expected but he was a good sport AND behaved! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l962340151.jpg"> <BR> Grandparents took turns taking each others pictures. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l11299299.jpg"> <BR> We had to take the return trip on the upper bunk seats of the caboose, 8 feet up metal rung ladders. I can st... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:18:49 EST mini weather observation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747328 It was raining this morning. <BR> I have skylights on both ends of my house...about 40 feet apart. <BR> It was raining on one and not the other. <BR> HMMMMM Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:31:54 EST Finding my green thumb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745426 This is the year of returning to what I used to do. <BR> Grow stuff. <BR> Here is my one and only eggplant. I'm disappointed in the plant but my harvest of one will be well prepared. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870061883.jpg"> <BR> Watching the red pepper turn red. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l180397404.jpg"> <BR> I've got another pepper plant with a few yellow peppers still green in adolescence. There are 5 jalapenos I am carefully gu... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:23:41 EST Birthday boy GS Ben turns one today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743935 Wow, a year already! <BR> Tiny little thing, born a month early gave us all lots of fits. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1830306702.jpg"> <BR> Soon he became the object of his big brother's attention-for 5 seconds until another more <BR> interesting thing would come along. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l361907155.jpg"> <BR> Ben learned to play football. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l273487703.jpg"> <BR> Enjoying C... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:40:54 EST Naked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742974 Got your attention, eh? <BR> <BR> na·ked adjective \&#712;nâ-k&#601;d <BR> <BR> devoid of customary or natural covering <BR> scantily supplied or furnished <BR> lacking embellishment : unadorned <BR> <BR> I'm going for scantily supplied or unadorned. <BR> <BR> Food that is. <BR> <BR> I think the junk placed on and in the food I have eaten in restaurants lately has not been good for me. There is sauce and pasta. Salads topped with tasty cheese. Stuffed things. <BR> <BR> I'm going ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:07:44 EST Nothing special http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741730 Eating a bit more than I'd like but balancing the load. <BR> Not getting as much exercise as I'd like but getting some which is better than what I did three weeks ago. <BR> My stupid hip bursitis came back with a vengeance, I rested it for almost 2 years and was pain-free prior to starting to walk again. I'm thinking about seeing another sports medicine MD as I need to be me again. This sucks but I keep on plugging. I think I may have to live with the pain. <BR> <BR> It is hard to balance wh... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:37:36 EST Bonus blog, the "why" stage for GS and playing around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739608 OMG, I forgot this. <BR> Have you seen the IKEA commercial where the bad kid gets time out in the kitchen? Yep, that's where we are. <BR> "What's this, Nana?" <BR> "Why, Nana" <BR> "Pop Pop, what's this?" <BR> The statement is punctuated by picking up, squeezing, pinching, poking and anything else that ends in a response of "DON"T TOUCH THAT!" <BR> I still have the kid-proof latches on the doors from when his mom was that age...30 years ago! I always thought they were a good idea. <BR> Bang... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:40:53 EST Wow, my first featured blog. I appreciate the votes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739602 Mostly I am glad I have Spark friends who continually encourage me to do the right thing for myself and sometimes scold me when I don't <em>334</em> <BR> I love you guys! <BR> Now, back to work making our lives better. <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:30:13 EST Feeling like I'm getting it. Fit, that is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737559 I had an epiphany this morning. <BR> <BR> I have time to care for myself, and I am doing so. <BR> <BR> In the years since 1999 I'd been helping caring for first my ill mom, to her death in 2001, then my MIL, to her death in 2005. From 2002 it was my dad with his stroke and decline to his final demise in 2012. There had been a host of other horrible family happenings in which I was a care giver, keeper of the flame, the "rock", the bitch, the mean one or the shoulder to lean on. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:50:15 EST Spark teams; no time to play in the sandbox. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737129 As I clicked the flags to give points I thought about not playing with my teams. <BR> I've met a few friends on teams. <BR> My interests change as do the challenges of life. <BR> I simply do not have the time to visit and participate. <BR> <BR> Some of you on the teams I have joined send emails of encouragement, and I respond. Others tell of outings, games or challenges. <BR> I decline. <BR> Spark could become a full-time life if I kept up with it all. <BR> <BR> So to those teams and team ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:54:44 EST Run, Janet, run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735833 I got off my chair and out the door. <BR> I just started running. <BR> I ran to the end of the drive and kept on going. <BR> I got to end of the street and kept going. <BR> <BR> HaHaHa! <BR> <BR> It wasn't quite like that but the Forrest Gump scene kept playing in my head. <BR> <BR> In reality I felt the need to move a bit more so I picked a few goals like: from this driveway to that fire hydrant. This transcontinental pipeline marker to that one. <BR> <BR> Yeah, my neighborhood will blo... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:23:36 EST Childhood memories-walking, exercise and eating right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735070 Thanks, ONEKIDSMOM! <BR> Again, your hammer went down on the nail. <BR> My life WAS exercise! <BR> In the summer I walked or biked to the creek or the bay, 1 mile in either direction, to crab, fish or swim on the days Mom didn't drag us to the beach. At the beach I walked 2-5 miles each day as bored kids don't sit still and there was more to see in neighboring towns than the beach we were on. If you've heard of Lucy the Elephant in Margate, we would play inside the empty structure in it's "ab... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 05:52:57 EST Day 4 Taking control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734341 Yep. <BR> Guns blazing, up in the saddle, hooves spewing dirt clods on the trail behind me. <BR> Whoa, partner, this wind up toy isn't ready for THAT! <BR> <BR> I did sweat profusely on my walk- cut one minute off my 1.38 mile path. I don't think I can walk much faster than that; I walk about 3 miles per hour on land. On a treadmill I can go a bit faster. Some of these blocks are 10 degree angles and my lungs still notice the difference, but not until I'm about halfway done. <BR> I guess I ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:40:14 EST Recommiting to my January Fatloser blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734104 I finished the last of my ice cream tonight. It snuck back into my diet although I finally tossed the container that sat in the freezer for 4 months. I took off 20 pounds and have gained back 4. <BR> Here goes...with edits to keep it current. <BR> <BR> <BR> Is fat losers my Spark? <BR> <BR> Tuesday, January 07, 2014 <BR> <BR> I don't rise to challenges by others to improve myself. I rebel. I have to challenge myself. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> There is some psychological mumbo jumbo for... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:08:03 EST Enjoying a glorious summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732901 The current temperature at 6 am is 62! Warm, clear 80-85F days and cool, dry nights. <BR> This is the kind of weather I dream about, go to the mountains or high desert for. <BR> Even the neighborhood birds are singing late into the season. <BR> <BR> Usually at this time of year the AC is on full blast as I wistfully gaze on a parched lawn contemplating how to get from the house to the car without instantly being drenched in sweat. Central New Jersey is like the Gulf states in the summer, wit... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:17:22 EST A job completed, well done and complete with sutures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732639 It was a perfect morning to complete a project started...20 years ago? <BR> Moving the old freezer out cause a ripple effect. <BR> If we hooked the wire up to the outlet by the garage door we could close up this box and be done with it, DH says. <BR> I'll give you one better, says I. <BR> If we go into the attic and hook up the wire that was already run to the junction box, we'd have electricity. <BR> The whole freakin' job took about 1.5 hours. <BR> And 3 stitches. <BR> I AM a whiz at elect... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:34:56 EST Random sunset pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731753 I was looking for something specific this morning and came across a theme of sunset pictures. I had far less than I thought, but am getting better at them. <BR> <BR> St Petes Beach, FL <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20191075.jpg"> <BR> Whittier, AK <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l906588857.jpg"> <BR> Hilo, HI <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1876816524.jpg"> <BR> Lihui, HI <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:08:59 EST Grrrr, roar, stomp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731098 Thanks, I feel better now. <BR> Couldn't take my walk this morning as I was, well, suffering the effects of NJ Turnpike fried chicken. <BR> No, it wasn't road kill....that tastes different. <BR> Nothing like driving 2 hours in a rainstorm on the turnpike towards NYC, making an immediate U turn after dropping DD off at her place and then realizing it' s not getting any better. I turned in to the rest stop as Noah's ark was stuck on the road or all the cars floated and were melded into one by ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:42:49 EST 4 days straight off the couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730328 I hate to say it but I'm exercising because I'm pissed-off. <BR> <BR> The constant care of family members, the expectations of work and spouse are causing me to rebel. <BR> <BR> Ok, I got it. <BR> No one is going to take care of me but me. So, for 30 minutes a day, it's all about me. <BR> <BR> If I get more annoyed maybe I'll take an hour! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:36:01 EST Day 2 of off the couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728180 My first trek out was 1.5 miles with a stop at a garage sale. Beautiful day and no real hurry. It took me 25 minutes. <BR> For those of you who hear me moan about no exercise, I do get some. I hate that it's in dress shoes. (too lazy to change from sneaks) <BR> My DH was "annoyed" when I showed him where I have to park at work and how far the walk is. He didn't believe me until he drove it. It's 1/4 mile from car door to entrance. Then I run up 2 flights of stairs. Ok, sometimes I run up. I s... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:26:34 EST My journey with ONEKIDSMOM. I got off the couch. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727583 Barb was one of my first Spark friends and I've been here since 1/1/2009. Talk about running? Yes. Talk about exercise? That too. Plenty of discussion about emotional eating. <BR> She is my friend. <BR> When did she become an athlete? <BR> She discusses it herself in her latest "Featured" blog post. Our SP friend has emerged from her cocoon and self-pronounced! <BR> From her blog: <BR> "That often the athletes say things like "I only did the Olympic" (me, yes, I did use "only" next to "Olympi... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:14:20 EST