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/ 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 TGIF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746160 Have decided to make this a cleanup weekend - no plans afoot to get in the way, so might as well do it, since there will be a hosting event in two weeks and I'd just as soon not have that take place in a "pigsty" (actually, I'd just as soon not host at all - not compatible with my introvert personality style - someone ELSE volunteered - AARRGGHH!)......... <BR> <BR> Here's to a great Friday - enjoy! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:10:01 EST Thursday......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745428 Still hangin' in there - made fairly good food choices - rest of day was fairly unremarkable - but the "hump" of a day was pretty much successfully climbed! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:26:27 EST Now *that's* better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744668 Ate slightly more than I planned yesterday (awesome casserole - $#!#@!) - the the work day was much better (no tech problems, and my palate seemed to be working better - my response numbers were better aligned with the group as a whole, and trends were better as well) - now *that's more like it! <BR> <BR> Soooooo - today I will ramp up the exercise (yesterday I had a shorter session) and watch the food intake (tonight is a freebie meal, and I have been choosing fairly well and being more min... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:51:38 EST aaaaaaaagggggghhhhhh :( -$#!@# MONDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743977 Not a good day yesterday - technical problems with one job, palate "off game" in the afternoon.........sheesh! Wish I could have stayed in bed! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Hope to NOT have a repeat! <BR> <BR> RSVPd for a reunion coming up - <em>246</em> - may the "powers that be in life" have mercy on *what's left of my "soul"*......... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Here's to (hopefully) a better Tuesday - enjoy yours! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:26:58 EST End of weekend ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743142 Partook in a meal I didn't anticipate, and there were more carbs than I planned........but the rest of the day went fairly well, culminating in an outdoor concert.........I ended up getting suckered in somehow (I intended to have the rest of the clan attend, leaving me back home to "binge-watch" a fave show, but it didn't end up that way - sigh)..........ended up on a nice note, though, as the weather was absolutely *gorgeous*, and I had a solid, restful sleep as a result (I'm pretty sure it ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:06:48 EST Yesterday and today....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742493 A slight change-up in my morning routine helped with the ol' low mood - so I did get most of what I wanted to do done.........with one change in plan, and as a result of that I will do one thing today that was shifted aside yesterday..........I'm good with that! <BR> <BR> Relaxed my eating a bit yesterday, so it's time to readjust, refocus and get back on track - that should be doable as well.......... <BR> <BR> That's it for now ....... enjoy your Sunday! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:46:44 EST Feeling downright miserable...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741913 Just in general - nothing specifically triggered the low mood.........just developed out of the blue........sheesh! Need to do things, and the weather is gorgeous, though overcast right now..........and I just can't get things together.......... <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:43:48 EST TGIF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741212 Not too much to report here - just glad it's Friday! No plans to speak of, but weather is shaping up to be gorgeous.........just need to take advantage of it as best I can........ <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:10:42 EST Another "hump" - somewhat successfully climbed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740494 Had another "online meeting" to discuss updates to my morning work routine - there will likely be more in the future as additional areas get revamped.........it will be interesting (but hopefully not too adverse for me) to see how this plays out in the end........ <BR> <BR> Had an evening meal "oops" - the group serving the meal ran out of the original entree, which I would have enjoyed..........I would have been irritated if I hadn't been fairly filled from the cracker consumption as part ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:29:34 EST Yep - it's *that* day again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739810 Am slowly recovering from the horror of Monday.........one thing's for $#!@# sure, though - I will be extremely wary of people in general going forward........I do NOT need to be exposed to that kind of situation, that's for sure! Thank goodness I'm a natural-born introvert and can easily withdraw and shrink back easily without any real negative impact (I've always been a big advocate of "self-preservation")...........of course, that could make issues such as job searching a bit challenging,... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:48:45 EST Just getting *worse*...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739079 I swear - some "people" (note the QUOTES) should NEVER, EVER LEAVE THEIR HOMES! That's all I'm gonna say about the horrible day I had yesterday..........other than to wish that I could just permanently crawl under a rock myself! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Oddly enough, I kept my eating on track - if for no other reason that I had no real appetite from lunchtime onward ........ actually had to *force* myself to take nourishment........ Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:52:01 EST Still not in a good place........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738319 ......and I'm getting fed up! <BR> <BR> Nothing more to say here......... <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:03:43 EST :( :( :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737676 Picnic went well, I guess - kept the food intake in fairly good check, and we got to the destination swimmingly - no problems or missteps in getting there (for a change)! <BR> <BR> Last night, though ----- family member is having a meltdown of sorts and went to bed quite cranky........even though I was fairly sleepy I did hear the gist of the gripe.........so now, I'm figure........doesn't appear like the grumpy person is interested in today's event........and now I have decisions to make - ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:04:28 EST Looooong day ahead....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737095 Will be heading out around 6AM for the start of the picnic (drive should be about 1.5 hours per Google Maps) - I'm having a slightly modified version of my usual breakfast as I sooooooo want to avoid the - sigh - danish that's being offered........not sure I'll get much exercise in, but the day's barely started - things could change and opportunities could open up...........changes in routine can be challenging for me, so wish me well! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <e... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:18:12 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736456 Slept well - followed my instincts and took to bed instead of vegging out with the "boob tube"....... <BR> <BR> Feel a bit downhearted - there is a social activity going on this weekend that we have to slightly curtail due to budgetary concerns - we will attend the picnic tomorrow, though........it's a bit of a drive for one day, which is a nuisance, rest-wise, but I guess the point can be made that it's better than *nothing* - and as I am NOT an advocate of "local events" (boring area, ya k... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:36:09 EST Climbed that "hump" again ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735788 Did OK with eating - with one notable exception..........decided to try one special sweet treat (ice cream brick with dark chocolate)........I figure I'll continue to push the workouts the next day or so, and I don't anticipate significant eating challenges before Saturday.............one thing I *did* notice, though - somehow, it didn't really taste as spectacular as I would have perceived it to be before I started this journey again.........I suspect my general choices of low-fat yogurt as ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:26:05 EST Wednesday again........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735119 I'm both relieved (event cancelled - and I'm good with that), and also irritated (sigh........once again, saw evidence of *FOOD SABOTAGE BY FAMILY MEMBER*!!!!!).........WT_? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Am still plugging right along - passed up snacks at a meeting last night.........now I need to deal with a particular item that stared me down last night (no, I did *not* indulge)......... <BR> <BR> Enjoy your "hump day", Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:32:34 EST AAAGGGHHHH! :( :( :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734272 MORE, yes, MORE hassles wrt the PM gig (this time it's "time management", a concern of mine for many years).......I REALLY gotta get the $#!@@ outta there! This situation will now impact commuting home and cause me to curtail any evening activities (yes, that volunteer gig may have to fall by the wayside) ! <BR> <BR> You see, I'm a *HUGE* believer in controlling stress by any means necessary and in any area of life where control can be had..........I DESPISE having to "cut things close", ti... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 04:43:02 EST Sunday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733516 Got through the unpleasantries as best I could - there will be a *LOT* of ongoing work to be done wrt this issue, but it has begun in earnest (to some degree, anyhow, as a start).......... <BR> <BR> Nice weather - got a nice outdoor walk in (in addition to the extended morning routine, and the additional issue, which *did* actually involve some "elbow grease" and a lot of sweat as a result)........in light of this last - sigh - *plateau* I may delay my weigh-in schedule by another week, or m... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 05:18:19 EST Recovery day...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732927 Eating was not stellar (more sweets than intended), but a major meal (repast :( ) was essentially full-on veggie; while it wasn't in the plan, I felt good knowing that I was capable of having a meatless meal from time to time (it wasn't bad, either, which helped)........now I won't say that I'm about to "convert" to the vegetarian "cause", but I can say confidently that I'm "all good" with getting more veggies in the eating plan - just need the time and opportunities to do so....... <BR> <BR... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:29:08 EST Saturday report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732297 Yesterday was just fine - got a lot done, and balanced things with rest and relaxation (OK - "binge-watching", I'll admit - but as per normal, I did take advantage of the day by extending my workout time)............ <BR> <BR> Today will be spent at a funeral service :( - at least I can attend this one; so many of them I've had to miss due to work.........good that I have a chance to pay proper respects.......... <BR> <BR> Not happy about having to bail out at another situation - I swear...... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 04:20:48 EST sigh......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731745 Thankfully I could take care of certain financial matters ahead of time - and one of my deposits was received a day ahead of schedule, which is *great*! I would have been OK with that coming in today, but earlier is even *better*! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Area has been hit with nasty rain/storms the last two evenings - though it looks like Arthur won't directly impact my realm..........have no plans for the day, which is just fine with me! <BR> <BR> For those who celebrate thi... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 06:48:41 EST