RASPBERRY56's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RASPBERRY56 RASPBERRY56'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/ Monday report....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780727 Better night of sleep - "guilty party" in household had a quiet night (at least of 4:30AM EST - the time that I'm writing this blog)......... <BR> <BR> Got my flu shot and a free cholesterol screening yesterday..........number wasn't as bad as I feared it might have been - a nice surprise, as it were! I have been in that range before, so I wasn't all too concerned - sure, I could get that down a few points, but this is something I can research to get ideas on - I don't see a need for profes... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:34:43 EST May just have to say TGI *MONDAY* again :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780049 Yesterday was almost "golden" (beautiful weather, good long workout with an extra outdoor walk) - but the #$!@# day was spoiled totally by poor quality sleep (once again due to ANOTHER PERSON - NOT ME!).......... <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I'm a very, *very* SOUR raspberry........who can't get out of the house quickly enough to suit me! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:19:27 EST Weekend half-way over....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779470 Had a nice visit with an old friend over a small church dinner........was a bit on the bleak and rainy side (which was nice for relaxing at home during the day) and the event itself was sparsely attended, but the social break was good to have despite my generally introverted nature (this was a HS friend, which I suspect made a good bit of difference in my response and attitude)........ <BR> <BR> Speaking about relaxing at home - I found my all-time favorite movie being played during the afte... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:40:00 EST Sigh...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778941 Received some saddening feedback last evening - I suspected what I had heard would have been the case, and I am saddened, but ironically I am now also feeling numb to the whole thing..........now I can go on about my days with a stronger sense of confidence in the decision I have made in how to handle my life - as more of an individual and less of that of family member..........I need to take care of myself and not allow a single soul (even family) to get in my way! <BR> <BR> So now the proc... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:58:05 EST Another rough evening........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778335 Once again I have to state - this journey would best be done as a single person without any family! <BR> <BR> 'Nuff said....... <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:22:01 EST Very little to say........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777662 .......that's good, so I'll keep this short........ <BR> <BR> Need to keep away from those cookies - a pox on the person who brought them in to the $#!@# house! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Survived the evening out (though the event was a bit contentions and difficult)- I think I need to back off of the activity level a bit.........am getting a bit tired and burned out - seems all I want to do is "crash and burn" at home with the tube at the end of the day..........yeah, I know th... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:47:49 EST Mid-week angst....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776986 Didn't do so well with the eating - fell to a few cookies, sad to say...... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Need to step it up for sure - so step it up I will....... <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Got a distressing bit of info last night - will need to scramble and hustle to get a meal in and get parked early for a meeting tonight due to an overloading condition (meeting is at a huge training facility) - I soooooooo HATE to have to hustle for parking! I'd skip this if I could ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:29:13 EST Tuesday - not much to say......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776287 Almost didn't get the morning report out, but got what I needed just in the nick of time! I HATE to start a week out like that...... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Not much else to say - yesterday I treated myself to a small snack of gingerbread cookies donated by a coworker returning from a foreign vacation......they were *awesome*! Now I just have to work them off and adjust my eating today..........that plan looks good based on what I have to work with for meals! <BR> <BR> Onwar... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 04:56:03 EST Fair to middlin'....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775577 Ate fairly OK (not perfect at the dinner, but kept away from tempting snacks in the mid-afternoon), and got significant activity in during the day.........all in all, a "fair to middlin'" kind of day....... <BR> <BR> Onward with a new week! Enjoy yours, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 04:54:42 EST Sunday....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774962 Have two events today which involve food/snacks, so I'll need to be mindful.......... <BR> <BR> Did errands/housework yesterday - good day for it as there were no other activities to get in the way..........ate fairly well and got a good extended workout in.........might have had a park walk but it got rainy and stormy in the PM........ <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 05:09:14 EST :) (semi......) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773737 Points are still on a stingy streak (hence the "semi" part)..........but the smiley part is significant! Signed up for *three* walkathons next month (WOO-HOO! Love those!), and finally got an aggravating bill paid in full! What an everlovin' *relief*! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Will need to speak with a family member about how to address this upcoming year's social involvement - with health issues cropping up, it may not be prudent for the person to pay for full involvement (pe... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 05:07:30 EST The climbing of the "hump" (day, that is) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773062 Did just fine having a small, light meal at home (cheese omelet with liquid egg whites - followed by a low-fat Greek yogurt - yum!)...........felt great to not have to deal with potential problems - though I was advised that the crowd last evening was much smaller - perhaps due to the fact that the powers in charge laid down the law to the misbehavers last week - sheeeah, right - only time will tell, and frankly, I'm *more* than a bit of a skeptic when it comes to people behaving badly! <BR> ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 05:00:45 EST Struggling to get back on track....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772361 (Warning: vent! Read if you wish, but I'll understand if you dont.........) <BR> <BR> Not sure what's bringing this on, but I feel a bit lost and out of sorts..........I have had to make a decision to not attend a specific mid-week event.........I was informed of some unpleasantries that took place last week when I was invited elsewhere - and frankly, what I was told just boiled my blood! I mean - really, now.........why can't people simply behave themselves in public? Just because you'r... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:54:44 EST Woo-hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771645 What a weekend! <BR> <BR> Eating wasn't the greatest (thanks to that awesome "raspberry roadrunner" ice cream - just could NOT resist.......), but bringing my own breakfast and lunch items did help.........and the weekend *was* an active one (dancing, to be exact)......... <BR> <BR> Speaking of "active" - DD and I ended up taking part in an unusual take on the popular "ice bucket challenge" .......... and the YouTube video got viral quite quickly (over 5K likes and over 300 comments in the ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 06:51:04 EST Weekend continues...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770310 Am struggling with poor connections and stingy wheels, but for now I'm here quietly Sparkin' (with my Yahoo! Musie set to the new age channel as usual), and enjoying the solitude (for now - this is a social and active weekend, and for once I'm actually participating and enjoying)..........thanks to the ongoing difficulties I'm having with dealing with a particular individual, I have come to the point where I have, in action and attitude, essentially put my foot (or dancing feet in this case) ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:27:06 EST Weekend so far..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769971 Dealing with a depressed family member, but so far the weekend is going well.......I'm keeping fairly active (and if I have to work with others instead of the depressed family member, I am at this point bracing for the possibility and working to prepare to do so if needed)! <BR> <BR> Had one real ice cream last night (of course, raspberry in nature, which is my downfall)..........but I should be able to account for that if I keep my activity level up........ <BR> <BR> Got invited to do a -h... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:59:03 EST Weekend preparations....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769127 Getting ready for the usual weekend plans - I'm not totally enthused (for reasons I won't get into), but am "keeping up appearances"......... <BR> <BR> Ate slightly more than I anticipated last night (formal meal was later than I like, so I snacked before that)..........don't like to do so, but it has happened from time to time - one hazard of being an early riser/retirer when others around me live a different "time lifestyle"...... <BR> <BR> Am set to Spark while I'm at my location, and th... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:48:34 EST I may have my "introvert club" credentials revoked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768520 *Another* social get-together last night! What the............this has been some crazy August! <BR> <BR> Question I must ask myself now........who am I and what have I done with RASPBERRY56, anyhow? <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Did fairly well, eating-wise ....... certainly didn't *overeat* (the ongoing effects of taste-testing in the afternoon).........did have a small amount of M&Ms (hey, I'm not a saint, you know!)...........couldn't get up the nerve to use the host's pool (and... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:55:33 EST Change in normal routine today........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767823 Last week a coworker suggested a get-together after work at her place - I said to myself "yeah, yeah - whatever" - honestly I wasn't all that sure that would happen (when a cynical attitude meets up with a generally introverted personality, let's just say that things can get *ugly* ;) ) ......... but it does look like it will go on, so i'm gonna go for it! Of course the fact that I need to get away from family that are bring me down more and more each day has a lot to do with it ......... <B... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:09:33 EST WOAH........and WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767137 Had to endure another tantrum from a family member, so I skedaddled from the house earlier than I would.........seemed to have calmed down when I returned, but I know that issue will recur until some progress is made on family member's basic issue.........if I could provided help and guidance I would, but I have similar issues myself that I'm trying to focus on working through...........sheesh! <BR> <BR> I've once heard it said that "the world would be a great place if it weren't for the peo... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:55:00 EST Another week....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766497 Points - stingy.......BOO! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Had a good, productive and quiet weekend.......YEAH! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Will be making plans for managing eating during the upcoming weekend - did fairly well last year by pre-planning foods, so hopefully this year will be even better since I officially restarted Sparkin'! <BR> <BR> That's it for now - enjoy your Monday! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:04:28 EST Half-way done w/weekend...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765914 Rocked it in terms of exercise and planned home cleaning (if you can call home cleaning an effort worthy of "rocking" status, that is)......... <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Today will be a reflective, quiet day - others will be heading out to a concert (I don't care for that style of music so I'll stay here, binge-watching "Snapped" as I normally do on Sundays - it's all good)....... <BR> <BR> Eating and working out nicely - all good here, too...... <BR> <BR> Two downers, though: <BR> <BR> 1... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:06:57 EST Saturday plans....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765368 Nothing, really - other than the usual routine, and some housework (since rain is being forecast, this would be a good day to focus on that)......... <BR> <BR> That crisis situation resolved itself, thankfully - if I didn't get satisfaction, there was going to be a very unpleasant call, for sure! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Sooooo - *now* I can enjoy that 1 lb. loss and take the momentum forward..........I'll continue on a casual approach to weighing-in since that did seem to have... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:22:59 EST AAGGHH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764715 You know, I'd be happy with the 1 pound loss (yeah, I decided to try the ol' scale - something told me I should - and YA-HOO!)...........however, imagine my shock to learn that I did NOT receive one of my direct deposits! <BR> <BR> WHAT THE !!T#Q#? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I HAVE B I L L S READY TO BE PAID already - THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! <BR> <BR> Can we say "crisis", Sparkies? <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> There is going to be one h***uva nasty phone call the minute t... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:59:14 EST Thursday update...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764016 Went to one event, but not the other........I'm OK with how that all went down, but now I am pretty much ready to start making some changes in my approach to social interactions.........I can't tell you that I'm all that pleased or thrilled to have to do so, but I have seen that others have done so, so it's not that I'm totally alone in doing so..........enough is enough in terms of how I'm leading my life at this point, and I'm sick and tired of being sick, tired and *miserable*! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:01:50 EST Ka-POW! Almost *golden* :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763319 Did get the work out yesterday - there will need to be a temporary workaround until the original system is back in place, but that's fine by me! On top of that, while in the midst of wielding my way through the conference call preparation, I came upon some interesting emails - it seems that I have been recertified for another extension on this assignment - OK, I guess I can take that..........a good ending to a challenging situation! <BR> <BR> Ka-POW! Yes! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:06:17 EST Kicked that Monday to the curb........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762616 Had an unanticipated (partially) conference call yesterday to address the latest extended tech glitch - hopefully there will be a resolution, since I did get some feedback and info via email during the call........will see what happens today. There is also a separate call scheduled today as a follow-up on another issue (revisions to another part of the current process - that's been working well so far)..........this was the most contact I've actually had with my direct manager (based in IL).... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:42:20 EST *Almost* had a great day, BUT ....... :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761864 ....... once again I'm up @ 2AM - for the all too common reason ($#!@# family member).......... <BR> <BR> As "Howard Beale" from "Network" (my all-time fave movie) so aptly put it......I'm as mad as #@!@! and I'm not gonna take this anymore! <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Such a shame it came down to this - the day was almost perfect in its awesome quality......nice surprise visit with an old friend on her b-day ....... she did NOT see this coming as I made plans for a "stealth visit"... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:05:13 EST Still struggling....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761244 Am concerned about this coming work week (AM gig tech issues, and a follow-up meeting on process improvements, and one other issue that I'm wondering about).........this is definitely getting in the way of my day today, and my work in getting back on track........ <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:13:32 EST Meh - a bit out of sorts....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760680 Bad week on one of the gigs - two consecutive days of technical problems, and insufficient support - I am NOT a happy camper, and next week this will need to be addressed one way or another.........why this should continue to happen is beyond me! It will be interesting to see if one person will be returning - I suspect that the person has been released (based on some activity I witnessed last week), but I will have to wait until Monday to see if my suspicion is confirmed (the coworker was no... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:10:23 EST Not much to say today....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760089 .......so just consider this a shameless blog for points........sorry......... <BR> <BR> Here's to a great Friday, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:13:09 EST Crash 'n burn :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759371 Fell completely off track yesterday - stress of uncertainty over food and quality of day's events (coupled with a b-day celebration) did me in, but good........ <BR> <BR> Might as well own up to that and try to recover as best I can - am still feeling a bit on edge over yesterday, though........ <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah, that "hump" of a day was too much to climb.........I hope you have a better Thursday than the "hump day" I dealt with........ <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:26:47 EST Major roadblock ahead :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758692 Microwave died yesterday - now I'm *really* in a bind - really, *really* depended on that for heating up certain "staples"........... looks like good eating will be derailed, and I'm at a loss for how to work on this........ <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Hump Day? Heh........more like "slam into the wall and bounce off" day ......... <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Sigh - it *was* nice to have lost those 15 pounds ....... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:19:13 EST Struggling a bit - need to get back to business....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758000 Eating has been a bit - ahem - "relaxed" these days, so I need to get back on track and "back to business" ASAP! Feel OK - no issues with sore legs (taking a lighter workout day seemed to do the trick) ...... <BR> <BR> Loud family member still bugged the devil out of me, but I still held fast and did without that liquid sleep aid.........found a second bottle of the stuff while cleaning the other day.......sheesh - all I need is *two* bottles of the stuff! If anything, that's making me eve... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:18:34 EST WOO-HOO! *Nailed it!* :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757328 Hosting went swimmingly well! Everything was cleared up within a half-hour of scheduled closing - truly impressive! Weather was gorgeous and the company was fine! <BR> <BR> Oh, on top of all that - here's what someone contributed to the event: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l450753231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And *no*, I did NOT request that - scout's honor! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Eating was slightly off-track, but generally good.........today is "get... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:57:32 EST This is IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756700 Today's the day! The "rubber meets the road", as it were...........I'm crossing everything that can be crossed - today over 20 folks will be headed to our humble abode for our hobby group's annual picnic...........yikes! <BR> <BR> Weather is forecast to be absolutely *gorgeous* - and judging from the amount of time I spent cleaning inside, and spouse organizing and sprucing up outside, it's fair to say that today we can, for the most part, enjoy the day - several folks have stepped up regar... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 05:04:29 EST Bracing myself....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756276 ........for the hosting event tomorrow......... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking right now that things will turn out well - just need to keep on top of what is planned for preparation, and "stay the course".......... got my extended workout in, so that helps........ <BR> <BR> Weather is beautiful today, and should be fairly nice as well tomorrow........ <BR> <BR> Soooooo - it's time to brace myself and "stay the course" to completion! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday, Spark... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:00:14 EST TGIF (again!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755525 OUCH! ($#!@# property taxes!) <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Good news: dealt with the fair just nicely - good, healthy choice of meal (hummus/pita/veggies/water, with a frozen yogurt for dessert)! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> May or may not hit the fair for a second evening (it's a big event so I usually go for two evenings - may need to skip the meal due to the impact of that OUCH issue - sigh........) <BR> <BR> Am bracing myself for the hosting event this evening - may (... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 05:25:45 EST Hump Day climbed once more.......but other "humps" are ahead of me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754834 *That* day, ya know........ <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Poor sleep last night - family member AGAIN <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Had a chat with the responsible party and questioned his plan to attend an outdoor event that could potentially exacerbate physical issues - I don't need to deal with that again! Yeah, I broke down and bought some liquid sleep aid the other day "just in case:, but $#!@#!!!!! I'm a stubborn raspberry and would rather eat worms than start in on that stuff regularly (... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 04:47:40 EST NO drama yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754133 I'm still wondering about some comments made - not sure if I was actually referred to, so I'll still be "looking over my shoulder" a bit.........but for the moment, at least yesterday was calm, and I'll take that! <BR> <BR> I feel that getting back on track may be a bit more difficult this time 'round - something's just not feeling right - can't put my finger on it, but somehow I feel that the ol' body is gonna really fight harder and longer to stay at the weight it is..........this is reall... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:56:59 EST Bad, BAD Monday! BAD! (slap) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753410 Now go stand in the "time-out" corner until you learn to *BEHAVE YOURSELF!* <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah, yesterday was quite the "reality check" after such an awesome weekend - should have known, I guess........ <BR> <BR> 1) Major shakeup on the morning assignment - apparently one coworker was suddenly released, and I have reason to suspect the project leader may be headed out soon.........since we all share an open area, I was unintentionally made privy to certain actions (a... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 07:01:13 EST Is the apocalypse near? ;) (Reunion - Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752675 Well, yesterday was the second part of the extended reunion weekend - and it was essentially as awesome as the first part! (There was an actual pre-meeting session on Friday, but I chose to skip that as there were errands I needed to run during that time........) <BR> <BR> Had yet another contact that was rather interesting (and also fairly sad at points) - funny how some folks so easily opened up to me.........really didn't see that coming........never figured that I would be the "mother c... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 06:53:17 EST Reunion Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752095 (CAVEAT: This blog may be a bit on the long side for some, so be forewarned – and for those who choose to read on, thank you!) <BR> <BR> Yep! Did it (again – I’ve done it before, but somehow I felt a bit more reticent about doing so this time)! <BR> <BR> The 40th reunion – that very event for which I originally set my weight loss goal – has come and gone (actually, there will be one more event today)……..and, truth be told, went swimmingly – awesomely – well……….this has left me quite surpr... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:04:13 EST Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751661 Those Shockwave Flash crashes while Sparkin' were really getting to me - so I did some quick research, and I *think* I got that resolved - time will tell, though, and since I am a bit of a skeptic by nature, well..........sigh......... <BR> <BR> Sure did mess with my online mojo, though........ <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Sooooooo - today is the beginning of the big reunion weekend........quick rushed out to get a needed hair trim (I think I lost at least one pound just by doing that ;) ), an... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:13:25 EST End of week......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750846 Did some follow-up work per a request...........I guess I'll have to take that as I cannot attend an actual meeting where I would more than likely perform at my best........sigh........ <BR> <BR> And now - the upcoming weekend...........big reunion! Learned about a pre-event get-together tonight.........I will likely skip that as I need to run some errands and ensure I have enough ready cash for the weekend, and that's OK since I've plotted out my intents for the weekend........ <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:38:13 EST Almost Friday....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750144 Attended to the matter addressed in the email I received yesterday - hope that satisfies my contact.......... <BR> <BR> Not too much more going on here now - the weekend, though, is *another story* altogether (reunion)! I'm cautiously looking forward to it - recent events have stolen my "social thunder" somewhat.........oh, well........ <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:44:02 EST Another "hump" of a day to climb....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749439 Got an email that irritated me somewhat (mostly at myself due to inability to get to the original matter as quickly as I would have preferred).......AAGGHH!! Now more than ever, I feel better about my decision earlier in the year to step out of a particular activity! If I think about that, it may help with my mood and attitude (which sure took a bit of a beating this morning)....... <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Am working on getting back on track - but one thing's for sure ......... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:15:40 EST figures....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748683 Attended to the stressful issue pretty well (it was as I suspected, and I got a sincere apology), but now I have a new stressor to deal with (the usual that comes along this time of year) - I will likely survive this time round as well, but things will be tight for a brief period.......sheesh! There's *always* something........ <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Am *trying* to restore my routines and get back on track, but frankly, I cannot *trust* my body to respond as I want anymore...... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:12:00 EST rock bottom :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747943 Horrible day yesterday - couldn't sleep worth a darn, and had nasty headaches to boot.........probably fallout from interrupted sleep the night before, and not consuming any caffeine that day.........still, between that, another $#!@# PLATEAU and the issue I need to deal with today.......yeah, gotta say this life right now is NOT. WORTH. LIVING. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Have decided to suspend all weigh-ins until I feel there's a reason to do so - can't take another PLATEAU! <BR>... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:29:55 EST Think I'm about to get some upsetting news........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746756 Hopefully this can be smoothed out without too much damage - but still, having to deal with this ON A WEEKEND S**KS! <BR> <BR> Sheesh! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:47:43 EST