PUOKGIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PUOKGIRL PUOKGIRL'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/ Today will be better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977174 Yesterday was pretty awful. I was going to write a blog post about how terrible EVERYTHING was... And woe is me. But in getting ready to write it, I realized that it wasn't ALL bad, it just had a lot of awful parts. <BR> <BR> Like the dead dog on the freeway, in pieces, with blood smeared all over and the smell of it permeating my car. That made me cry. And the hour and a half long commute to one library and 1 hour commute to the other library - both should've only taken 40 minutes. Or di... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:16:49 EST Stress is my middle name right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975690 I'm opening a new library in less than 3 weeks. Everyone around me is cranky and on edge. My tendinitis is flaring up big time, which means that most days using my hands hurts quite a bit. My garden is out of control. My dogs need to lose weight. My anniversary is in 2 weeks and I haven't even thought about a present yet. I'm gaining weight because food and liquor are replacing my other coping mechanisms. My pitbull wakes up 3 times a night crying to be covered back up. My golden itches const... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:44:10 EST No Such Thing as Sleeping In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974654 I'm usually up around 6am. I'd planned on sleeping in til 8 this morning because it's Sunday. The dogs had other ideas. At 6:15 Tuli (my pitbull) put her paws on the bed and licked my face while Niner (my golden) cried and thumped her tail against everythin . So I went to the living room and curled up on the sofa. They followed and jumped up with me. I can often get another hour or more of napping in this way, but not today. I only got 15 minutes before Niner started crying and licking ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 11:37:06 EST Hello Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974451 Hello Again SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Let's see... it's been around 3 years since I've been active on SparkPeople and a lot has changed. <BR> <BR> Mom passed away after a long battle with dementia. <BR> I saw a therapist. <BR> My husband underwent radio ablation for subventricular tachycardia (SVT) <BR> We bought a house - the 13th house we bid on in the 13th month of looking <BR> We adopted a pitbull. About 2 months later my brothers golden retriever came to live with us. They both have heal... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 00:29:25 EST 10k on the Bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031857 Today I ran my first race since my half marathon in January. DH and I have been doing C25K. When we signed up for the 10k on the Bay (we only signed up for the 5k portion) we had planned on running the race after we finished C25K. Unfortunately, between illnesses, injuries and vacations, our training fell about 2 weeks behind. <BR> <BR> I'd originally signed up to run with my husband, but he had to work this weekend so I ended up going alone. It was the first time I ran a race 100% alone... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:18:31 EST The Spoon Theory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002409 I spend time on a bunch of different message boards. On one of the boards a member was talking about how much her husband's words hurt her that night. He implied that if she had enough energy to go out with her friends for a few hours, then she should have enough energy to work full time, clean the house, and cook dinner. The member of this particular board has MS. Her explanation to the board was that this was the first day in a long time where she was actually feeling pretty good and sh... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:00:46 EST Back to where I was 6 months ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001955 I just weighed myself this morning and found that I'm back down to where I was about 6 months ago. That's progress, right? I've lost 9 pounds and met my first goal weight. I bought a lot of fabric in celebration. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Week 5 Day 1 in Couch to 5k. After our 5 minute warmup walk, we jogged for 5 minutes and walked for 3 minutes until we hit 30 minutes. DH ran with me after his heavy duty workout. We finished with flying colors. We each did our job - I kept the pacing ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 12:52:07 EST Tripping with Style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968009 My husband has joined me on the quest to live a healthier life. Yay! <BR> <BR> Somehow this quest now also includes running another half marathon. LOL. Apparently DH wants to do something "big" and have a "bigger goal" than just losing weight. So... on Sunday we signed up for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon. EEk! <BR> <BR> Our team name is "Tripping with Style" because we're not actually running, ya know. We're just tripping with style. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> If you guys remember,... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 23:52:50 EST What I've been up to. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935632 What have I been up to lately? A whole lotta nuthin'. Working hard, dealing with the stresses of life and figuring out what I want to do next. But health wise? Nothing, really. <BR> <BR> I started playing with our new speed bag a few weeks ago. I can keep it going pretty well now. My husband gets jealous and competitive with me on it. It frustrates him to no end that I can keep the bag going faster for longer than he can. He just doesn't have the timing worked out for it yet. He'll ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 01:48:00 EST Taking a break for my own well-being. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779567 I'm not happy. I haven't been happy for awhile. Something needs to change. <BR> <BR> I haven't been attempting to meet my health and fitness goals. Perhaps there are simply too many of them. I know that several are not specific enough. But that's not the only problem. The problem is me. <BR> <BR> I maintain several blogs. I have a personal facebook and I facebook for work. I work with the public (including the mentally ill, homeless, juvenile delinquents, addicts, and "normal" peopl... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 17:25:25 EST My first half marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713304 I have a good reason for missing my Friday check-in... I was in the Happiest Place On Earth (AKA Disneyland). <BR> <BR> Last year I signed up for my first half marathon. It sounded like a great idea at the time... and a lot of fun too. I mean, I'd get to run in a big circle in Disneyland?! <BR> <BR> So fast forward to this past weekend, and the half marathon that I'd signed up for. I talked it over with my doctor (who runs marathons) since I hadn't been able to train for over a month... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:31:52 EST Friday Check-in (all of my goals this time!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693580 Time to check in with my 2012 goals: <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Cook 1 new recipe each week <BR> So far, so good. I didn't think I'd get a new recipe in this week because we weren't planning on eating dinner at home this week. Staying home on Sunday instead of going out to San Francisco worked to my advantage. I made split pea soup with yellow peas that I found at the Indian market by my house. Pretty yummy. I didn't follow the directions 100% though... I dumped everything in the pot and le... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:26:12 EST Feeling good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692446 I went to the gym again tonight. I really wanted to go this morning, but DH convinced me to play hooky and go get coffee instead. <BR> <BR> See, my original plan was to go this morning and do some weights (I got the OK from my doctor to take it slow <em>244</em> ) and then go back to do some cardio and check out the yoga-pilates combo class. I didn't have enough time to do all three in one sitting, so I decided that the cardio and weights were the most important part of this equation. <... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:42:29 EST Running didn't hurt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688938 I meant to go to the gym yesterday. I'd set out my clothes the night before, set the alarm and the coffee, and figured out what to eat on the way so I wouldn't pass out while on a treadmill... But electricity got in my way. Seriously. I woke up thinking "Man, I'm really well rested for it being 5:30am. I wonder when the alarm will go off." I went back to sleep and woke up a few minutes later thinking "That's a lot of cars driving by for 5:30am." I looked at the clock and saw 12:00 flashin... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:26:25 EST I joined a gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685388 I joined a gym today. I haven't been a gym member for a few years now, mostly because I hate being near other people's sweat. Something about other people's sweat is icky... but I'm willing to deal with it for a year (because that's how long my contract is). <BR> <BR> So, OK, it's a women's gym so only women are there. Which is kinda nice because guys can be intimidating to lift weights around sometimes, but there have been a few guys who are cool to lift around. I'm just worried that th... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:54:31 EST Friday Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679109 Time for my weekly check-in, with splitting headache and all. <BR> <BR> I didn't do so well, but I didn't do absolutely horrible either. My food choices weren't always the healthiest, and I got almost no exercise type movement in, but more often than not I went for the fruits and veggies and avoided the temptations. Except for last night. At DH's urging (and begging) I made some brownies topped with frosting and chopped up candy canes. We each ate one (largish) piece and then I dumped th... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 20:36:26 EST Where'd he go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672950 We got home late tonight and had a dinner of soup and salad. DH finished his dinner first and went to goof off on the computer. I finished a little bit later and took my plate to the sink. The sink was full of dirty dishes, so I thought I'd better do them. A sink full of dishes makes it pretty hard to get coffee ready in the morning. So I finished with the dishes and asked my husband a question. No response, so I asked again. Still no response. I went into the living room and found ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 01:48:14 EST My next 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665473 I registered for a 5k tonight. It's the Union City Sports Center 5k Fun Run on March 11th. That should give me enough time to get used to running again. And I might even be able to run the whole thing if I train right! If I do both then that gets 1 resolution out of the way and part of another. <BR> <BR> Next step: work on a training plan. <BR> <BR> I wonder if it's professionally timed... I doubt it since the words "fun run" are in the title. Oh well. A fun run is better than no run... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 03:31:13 EST Friday Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4662032 Time for the Friday check-in. I figure I should write at least 1 fitness related blog posts each week, and since Fridays are my day off they make a great no excuses blogging day. <BR> <BR> Here's where I am on my goals: <BR> <BR> -Running <BR> I haven't run anything yet. Not even around the block because of this rib. The doctor did give me the go-ahead to try walking briskly to see if that hurts. If I can do that for a few days without pain, then I can graduate to trying to jog again. <... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:17:49 EST New Years Goal Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4653030 OK, it's the obligatory goal setting blog that everyone does at the beginning of the year. I have lots of goals this year and right now they don't seem possible. But I know this is just me being down on myself and depressed right now. I weighed myself last night... 159.4 pounds. Damn. Well, it's a starting point, right? <BR> <BR> So here are the health and fitness related goals for this year: <BR> -Run a 5k without walking <BR> -Complete three 5k races <BR> -Complete two 10k races <BR> ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 00:56:44 EST I fractured a rib too... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630524 Apparently when I fell on Wednesday, I cracked a rib. Honestly, it didn't hurt as bad as other bones I've broken. My lower chest felt tight when I breathed, and the muscles hurt kinda like when you overdo it on an abdominal workout. I really thought I was just "normal" sore from the fall. <BR> <BR> But there's a cracked rib. I discovered this yesterday at work when I unloaded our delivery bins like I do on any other Saturday. None of the books I unloaded were particularly heavy, but the... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 19:48:39 EST Stiff and sore, but babysitting and making spaghetti anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627380 Doing better today - the bump on my head is almost gone and my wounds are starting to get that weird dark color instead of the shiny open wound look. But man, are my ribs sore! It feels like I did a bunch of situps, except my ribs hurt instead of my abs. <BR> <BR> I've got my sister's kids for the evening. They're already telling me that they won't eat my spaghetti because it has veggies and that they're going to have pizza instead. I've told them that if they don't eat it, then they d... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 21:40:01 EST I tried to body surf on the cement today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625616 Did you know that the ground is hard? I think I knew that at one point in my life, and I re-learned it early this morning when I tripped over a crack in the sidewalk and bounced/slid along the ground. I sat there for a second and did an inventory - nothing broken, everything hurt. I got up and walked past 1 house and then passed out cold. I got up again walked a few steps, and started getting dizzy again, so I tried to sit on the corner. As I bent down to sit, I passed out again. Appare... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:01:20 EST Dreaming of dad and pythons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564762 I've been super tired lately. That's how I get right before I come down with something. And every time it happens, I try to ignore it and be superwoman. This time, though, I've been going to bed super early and sleeping past my first alarm. Although that means I don't get as much exercise, it also means that I (hopefully) won't come down with some awful cold this time around. <BR> <BR> One of the side effects of sleeping so much is having weird dreams. Usually they're zombie dreams (yes... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:28:29 EST Owww... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554998 The insides of my lower legs hurt. It's weird. I've never really had pain there before. I tried to jog this morning and that idea went right out my head after jogging just a few steps. <BR> <BR> Are these shin splints? They don't hurt down the front of the lower leg, more like from the inner ankles up towards the knees. I hope it's not serious - I wanna sign up for another 10K in December, and I don't think I can if it'll hurt like this. <BR> <BR> Maybe I need new running shoes. I h... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:16:44 EST Grape Stomp 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4549320 I ran my first 10K today. <BR> <BR> It was hard, but good. <BR> <BR> I was passed, and I passed others. <BR> <BR> The tips of my toes hurt and my legs are tired, but I wanna get up and go do something. <BR> <BR> I ran/walked 6.2 miles in 1 hour 16 minutes (according to the running app on my phone). <BR> <BR> I jogged the entire first mile! Then I walked and lost that momentum. <BR> <BR> I'm really hungry now. Time for some protein and to relax for a bit. <BR> <BR> OMG - I went 6.2 ... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 14:34:48 EST Lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530521 I woke up late today. My plans for staying on some kind of a schedule were derailed by the sound of rain on my roof and my warm comfy bed. My husband was great though - he got up, pulled out the treadmill, turned on the tv and got to walking. He said he had an epiphany during his ER visit a couple weeks ago. He didn't want to be the fat IT guy with heart problems and tedonitis in his wrists. So I'm cooking healthy meals (still) and he's exercising more. <BR> <BR> Even though I slept in,... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 15:09:29 EST 4.25 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528634 It's 2 weeks til my first 10k. I think my husband's cousin will run with me, but I run a little slower than she does... by like a minute. But she admits that she runs too fast and then poops out so maybe it'll be a good thing for her to run with me. <BR> <BR> I took this week off from work. I'm not sure why, exactly, but I did. Even though I'm "on vacation" I'm still trying to stick to a schedule. If I don't then next week will be really tough. <BR> <BR> I ran 4.25 miles this morning. ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:28:33 EST Ears: Take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524340 On Tuesday I ended up calling to ask for another appointment. There was only 1 appointment left and it was with my doctor. *sigh* I took it and hoped for a better experience than the one I'd had a few days before. <BR> <BR> When I met with my doctor this time I told her that I had been reluctant to make another appointment with her because I was so dissatisfied with the last appointment. I stated that I felt she didn't take my concerns or my pain seriously and that I seriously thought ab... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 14:38:21 EST Ears. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4518789 I went to the doctor on Friday to get my ears checked. They had been hurting for a week by then, and motrin wasn't helping. Talking on the phone hurt too - it was too loud. No other symptoms. Just ear pain. <BR> <BR> The doctor looked in my ears, saw some wax in one, had her assistant clear it out and sent me home. She didn't check my nose, throat or lymph nodes. She was curt and told me to take motrin if it still hurts. <BR> <BR> So it's Tuesday and my ears still hurt. Motrin stil... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:24:34 EST Attacked by a cat... sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516724 I went for my run this morning. It was hard towards mile 2.3 so I ended up walking more than I wanted to. Oh well. I completed 3.5 miles like I planned. Wednesday's run will be better. <BR> <BR> I wore my new neon running clothes. I didn't feel any more visible, mostly because 5:45am is freaking dark! But as the sun rose it became brighter and the world could see my hot pinkness. <BR> <BR> Today's run was accompanied by a cat and a small child. As I was running under a tree I heard a... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:54:34 EST I'm still here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516066 I'm still here, and still slowly working towards my goals. I visited my doctor and she was impressed by my weight loss. She said that I was only a few pounds away from a healthy BMI, and as a token of her belief in me, she was going to mark me as being at a healthy weight! Made me feel so good! I'm only 5 pounds away! <BR> <BR> I haven't been tracking my food, water intake or exercise. It doesn't make sense to me to track that stuff if all it does is make me feel bad (as in really reall... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 23:52:41 EST Kids, Kitten, Paleo and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462644 I'm watching my sister's kids this weekend. It's my sister's anniversary so she and the husband took a trip to Vegas. <BR> <BR> The kids have been good so far. Did their homework without complaint. Ate dinner too... although they both picked at their veggies. <BR> <BR> We're going to bake cookies after they get out of school today, cook a healthy meal and maybe watch a movie. Still trying to figure out what to do with them tomorrow. Maybe the Highland Games? The Zoo? Maybe I can pa... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 13:06:19 EST A-Z about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460611 Stolen from another Spark Blogger <BR> <BR> A. Age-31 <BR> <BR> B. Books - I tend to read trashy romance novels, some sci fi, some horror, quilting books, cook books <BR> <BR> C. Chore - I really dislike chores (you can tell by the state of my house), but I'll usually do the dishes without complaint <BR> <BR> D. Dog - none. When we buy a house, I'm going to convince my husband that I need one for health/fitness and home protection reasons. <BR> <BR> E. Essentials - Personal essentials? ... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 12:35:45 EST I jogged and it was hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4455655 I jogged this morning. It was hard. My husband teased me because the alarm went off and I groaned in that whiney I don't want to get up way. Then bitched about having to find my jogging clothes because I forgot to set them out last night. Then grunted at him when he said good morning. Then grunted/groaned when I stood up and stared at the door after I put on my shoes. He reminded me that tomorrow will be easier. <BR> <BR> I jogged 2 miles. I made sure it was on the flat part of my nei... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 23:46:07 EST Healthy food today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4453599 Today I did pretty good with the eating. Breakfast was really small - mostly because Starbucks doesn't have many options for paleo people. I basically ate the egg and fruit out of a protein plate. DH wouldn't eat the weird peanut butter packet, cheese, and nutrigrain thing that came with it. Oh well. I need to figure out what to do with my coffee. I'm super addicted (as in I'll get a terrible withdrawal headache by noon if I don't have a cup in the morning). But I also don't really lik... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:47:19 EST Slowly getting back into the swing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4450177 After my weekend in Vegas, my tummy was sticking out. Ugh. I've had a (mostly) flat tummy for awhile now, so I can always tell when I've been eating too much of the wrong things. That's where it shows first - my tummy - then my skin explodes and I have terrible, rash-like acne on my neck and chest. Not cute. <BR> <BR> So, my tummy is flatter, my skin is starting to relax (although yesterday a well-meaning patron pointed out the "rash" on my neck), and I'm weaning myself off the junk foo... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 18:41:42 EST Back from vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445132 Yesterday was our 1 year wedding anniversary. My husband and I have been together for 16 years now, so it was a bit odd to be celebrating 1 year, but hey - any excuse for a party! <BR> <BR> We went to Vegas and stayed at the Venetian. It was nice. I love Vegas and the Venetian was opulently awesome. Where else can you people watch, gamble, drink/eat too much, see great shows and shoot fully automatic weapons? Is it any wonder I try to visit once every year or two? <BR> <BR> Yup. That'... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:29:08 EST Better Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435950 Today was a better day. <BR> <BR> I packed for our anniversary weekend getaway to Vegas. My mad packing skills ensured that we will have 1 carry-on suitcase and 1 backpack. Total. Between the two of us. <BR> <BR> I got the laundry done. The blankets/throws could probably use a wash too, but I ran out of time today. <BR> <BR> I found some batting in my stash that I can use for my Superman quilt. Saved about $40 just by checking there first! I also discovered some other batting that ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 02:01:40 EST It's done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433377 It was a rough day. <BR> <BR> I woke up still sick. Threw up again this morning. I weighed myself again just to see, and I'm down another 1.5 pounds since yesterday. Gross. <BR> <BR> Today was the day to move mom. Originally it was going to happen on Monday, but the temporary person hadn't been picked up yet. Her family "forgot" about her. I feel terrible for that poor lady. <BR> <BR> I dragged myself to mom's. Got her showered and dressed. I took her to the new place. It was re... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:06:34 EST Ugh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4430623 I woke up at 1:30am and threw up. Then again at 3am. Then again at 8:30am. <BR> <BR> Don't know what I ate, or what I caught, but it's no fun. <BR> <BR> I'm finally starting to keep water down. Yay! <BR> My head hurts though. Boo! <BR> <BR> Just out of curiosity, I weighed myself on my Wii... it said I lost 1.5 lbs since yesterday. I'm not going to count it as real weight loss though. Being sick doesn't count. <BR> <BR> I'm gonna head back to bed and see if I can sleep some of... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 13:54:19 EST First day, stress troubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429528 I started out doing pretty good with the paleo thing today. Then towards 3pm it got really rough. I caved and had a handful of chocolate chips. Damn. <BR> <BR> I ran for 20 minutes. I was disappointed because I stopped. I could have gone for another 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> We ended up not being able to move mom today. The person occupying her bed hadn't been picked up yet. She was supposed to be picked up on Friday last week. The family no-called/no-showed and basically abandoned ... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:05:54 EST Moving Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4427994 Today is moving day. It's for my mom, not me. You see, for the past 2.5 years, my sister has been Mom's primary caregiver. It's taken a toll on her family emotionally, mentally and physically. It's become too much. And now that my nephew is having so much trouble learning the things he needs to know for school, and having emotional problems... I think my sister has finally realized that the family can't do this for much longer. I tried to explain that this would happen in 2008 when we ... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:51:26 EST Dipping my toe in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4427937 Yesterday I "dipped my toe" into the world of Paleo. There were some screw-ups, but in general the day was healthy. <BR> <BR> I lazed half the day away with my husband. He slept till noon, I laid in bed next to him and read my book. It was nice. Normally on Sundays we're in a rush to get everything done. <BR> <BR> Then we stopped by Togos and Starbucks to pick up lunch for his family. We didn't see the point in taking longer getting the food than we would spend eating it, so we split... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:33:03 EST Still figuring out Paleo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4421884 I think I'm stressing myself out too much with this whole paleo thing. I'm definitely still overthinking it, stressing out about meals. I mean, for so long meals included a grain. Breakfast was dairy and grain based. How do you change that after basically defining a meal this way for 31 years? <BR> <BR> You do it in baby steps, that's how. And by putting future meals in the food tracker. That way I make sure that I'm getting the right nutrients and the right amount of calories. <BR> <... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 22:56:13 EST Black coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4418409 I drank my coffee black this morning. You see, Paleo doesn't allow dairy, and I always have milk in my coffee. I stopped adding sugar a few years ago (unless I get one of those Starbucks calorie bombs). I made the coffee a little weaker this morning so that I wouldn't HAVE to cut it with milk. It was OK. Not my favorite, but drinkable. <BR> <BR> Looking at this Paleo thing, lunch and dinner seem easy enough. As with any part of eating a specific way, dinner is by far the easiest of the... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:35:22 EST Paleo pep talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417751 Dear Self: <BR> <BR> You haven't even started eating Paleo yet and you're already overthinking it. Seriously. you're freaking yourself out trying to figure out all the "rules" for this thing. And trying to figure out what "counts" as what. <BR> <BR> OK Danie the rules are: <BR> Eat lean protein <BR> Eat lots of veggies <BR> Eat some fruit <BR> Eat healthy fats <BR> Eat whole, unprocessed foods <BR> Don't eat grains <BR> Don't eat dairy <BR> Don't eat legumes <BR> Don't eat sugar <BR> D... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 23:59:36 EST Paleo and a 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417186 I don't know why I haven't been sparking, but I know I need to get back to it. It's hard to lead a healthy lifestyle if you're eating everything in sight and avoiding exercise like the plague. And when you spark, you're at least thinking about being healthy, right? <BR> <BR> Let's see.... what's happened since June 24th? <BR> <BR> Well, I celebrated my 31st birthday. <BR> I went on a couple little stay-cations to Campbell. <BR> I ignored proper nutrition and exercise. <BR> I went to Vega... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 18:34:57 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4320993 Hello Sparkpeople. It's been awhile. <BR> <BR> I haven't been wanting to blog. I'm not sure why. Laziness I guess. But there are some good things going on in my life right now. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> My husband got a new job. He's so nervous and worried that it (he) will suck and they'll fire him. It's a contract-to-hire position, so I understand why he's scared, but I know he'll do well. <BR> <BR> If everything goes right, we'll still be able to start the home-buying process in Oc... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:14:49 EST Sleep is good, headaches suck, and my new phone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4285278 Getting up yesterday was still rough, but not as bad as Monday. My workout was interrupted by a crazy neighbor telling me about all the thieves, vandals and other nefarious types he stops in our neighborhood. He also told me about the .45 he carries to protect us all. Oh... and all about his family's holdings in Exxon-Mobil. I work with unstable people daily at the library, so I smiled and nodded at the stock discussion. I had to stop myself from asking "if you own so much of Exxon, then... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:47:29 EST