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/ Am keeping as close to a normal routine as possible........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838231 ........for me, this is key to my keeping grounded, focused and somewhat sane....... <BR> <BR> I have fallen off of my eating plans quite a bit, and I suspected I would be at great risk for doing so due to family stress - the one good thing that came about yesterday was that I had a good, calm, rational, "air-clearing" chat with someone who directly contributed to a very stressful day last week..........it appears to have helped, at least somewhat.........there will need to be monitoring on ... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 06:52:42 EST Bleh :( ....... meh :( ........ *bah humbug*! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837774 MUST treat this day as any other day, in order to save what's left of my sanity........'nuff said........ <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 04:16:33 EST Resentment is settling in....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837119 ,,,,,,,and it's showing in my eating, once again.......... <BR> <BR> Think it'll be in my best interest to put the Sparkin' aside somewhat until Jan. 2.......I am just so NOT feelin' in this $#!@# "season"..........all I want is for this time to pass quickly...........the only good thing is that things are quiet where I spend my daylight hours (and right now, as well - as long as nobody else is up and about whose presence I have to *endure*)......... <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 04:33:14 EST Scrooge.......Grinch.......Meet RASPBERRY56! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836630 Sooooo - I see we meet again on yet another *miserable* holiday season - can't say I'm a *fan* of your "work", but apparently I have met with you once more.........yet *another* horrific pre-holiday weekend - a truly miserably one from start to finish! <BR> <BR> But you did NOT win - at least not yesterday! You see, I put the kibosh on a trip......there was NO way I was going to risk a car wreck just to take part in a "flash mob"........ <BR> <BR> Of course, now I have to deal with the reg... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:25:50 EST LOUSY weekend so far....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836196 Got blindsided nastily on Friday - of course, now that it looked like the work issue had been resolved and appears to be in a good stable state, I CANNOT ENJOY THAT due to this other issue....... $#!#!#@% <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>234</em> <em>28</em> (to the NTH degree!) <BR> <BR> By the time I got home Friday my body felt like it was under assault - for a time there it was hard to tell if the symptoms were cold-like or not (I got a flu shot recently, and I really didn't feel "fl... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:27:49 EST At long last - FRIDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835228 I'm really hoping that the work issues will resolve themselves - did a "working lunch" to get a fix in so I can get the output disseminated to the end users........now it's a waiting period to see if this permanently fixes the issue.......sigh......... <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I don't need to pack a lunch - however, the venue is a bit strange (somehow I can't see how such an event could be held at essentially an *arcade*, when the company has a solid semi-conservative image - guess the area I'... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:21:20 EST Back to business - well, *almost*.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834736 Turns out the issue was the power adapter going kablooey - causing the battery to drain down.........a simple trip to Staples did the trick! I SOOOOOO did NOT want to buy a new laptop! I should be able to include this in the credit card payoff if I play my cards right this month, too! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Now if I can only get solid resolution on some technical issues that are making the job painfully frustrating........ Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:48:35 EST $#!#% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834260 $#!@# laptop *shut down* and downright *died* in the middle of Sparkin' yesterday morning - what a pain in the seat! Am using an alternate and have a local place I'll drop it off with today - but the impact on my routine has been horrifying - can NOT get a good rhythm going with the way I have to do things..........of course, this is Murphy's Law at it's *absolute worst* - credit card *would have been TOTALLY paid off* with this cycle! <BR> <BR> I'm convinced that there is a force *out to g... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:37:41 EST I wish I were alone right now...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833701 For all intents and purposes that's just how I feel.........I truly *envy* those who have NO family.........anyone who tells you just how "wonderful" family is, well, you're gonna have to be an *INCREDIBLE* actor to convince me of that right now! (DON"T ask!) <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:05:03 EST I've had ENOUGH :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833183 My approach to points will change, starting now - I will avoid as many of the point opportunities as I can (it's just NOT. WORTH. THE. STRESS!)............. <BR> <BR> Skipped the evening event last night - while the day's events went well, the long drive back and forth left my body very stiff and tense - just couldn't relax well enough before having to deal with another outing - to "seal the deal" on my decision, this event involved certain strictness in management that would have potentiall... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:24:17 EST The middle of the weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832672 Other than a mild tummyache and leg discomfort, the day went well - got things done and got needed rest.......I turned down an event that I really wouldn't have much enjoyed - I just wish that someone else wouldn't have asked me about it a *second time* after I demurred about the issue *TWICE previously* - why am I NOT understood the FIRST TIME I make my statement and my point CRYSTAL CLEAR? <BR> <BR> Sheesh! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Will get my workout in soon so I can get a n... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:06:20 EST Another weekend begins...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832304 Got up later than usual, which will result in a later workout, but that's fine - totally doable......... <BR> <BR> Have a quick event to attend, and then some shopping/errands - no big deal - but now I've been blindsided by a requirement that is gonna drive me *absolutely bat crazy* to handle........where is a notary public that works *after regular work hours* or on weekends when you NEED one? ALMOST makes me wish I was *unemployed* - at least *then* I'd be able to research and make trips a... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:04:47 EST Friday........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831739 Starting VERY badly due to an extreme dearth of points - I mean REALLY, now, SP? Why even bother with this feature at this point? Stinginess is NOT a desirable trait - and could turn people away from the site.........perhaps the entire concept of points should be revisited at this point - after all, if it's NOT a good incentive, why waste energy in this manner! <BR> <BR> Sigh - I guess I should be grateful that it's not *money*....... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Soooooo now I'm ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:43 EST WOO-HOO! About *time* things started to turn around! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831180 Preliminary/obligatory vent mode on) <BR> <BR> GRRRRRRR! That "no html" message made me LOSE EVERYTHING I previously typed - STARTING FROM SCRATCH at 4:30AM IS. NOT. A. GOOD. IDEA! Please, fates, DON'T tell me that today will undo everything pleasant from yesterday - PLEEEEEEEZE! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> (vent mode off) <BR> <BR> Had a good, smooth, productive and downright *pleasant* day! Details as follows: <BR> <BR> 1) Productive, successful work day - despite getting i... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:40:19 EST The "bad patch" continues - even to *this moment*! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830643 Started the day with a bizarre car issue - thankfully that was quickly resolved with no muss or fuss - and totally for FREE! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> (vent mode ON!) <BR> <BR> However: had yet ANOTHER stressed work day - one troublesome issue went smoothly yesterday, only to be replaced with another equally irritating situation - had to make do *without* that section which personally did NOT please me, and to make matters worse, the resulting "comedy of errors" resulted in an ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:58:32 EST Rearing it's ugly head....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830068 The perfectionism demon (along with anxiety and stress) - downer of a day yesterday, resulting in poor eating habits (R#!#@ that SPOUSE for his bad shopping trip - that sure didn't help things either)! <BR> <BR> GRRRRRRRRR! Is there ANY hope to get back on track at this point? <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> (vent mode off.......) Tue, 9 Dec 2014 04:32:50 EST Made it through another weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829440 Not perfect with the eating, but I ramped up my activity so I think I'll survive on those grounds - now it's time to get back on my A-game and clean up the eating act! Holidays be da**ed! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Had a bit of a scare, though - apparently my car's "smart key" battery decided *now* was the time go *play dumb* and cease to function as normal.........it was about time, though, according to the info provided me at the dealer, but still - the timing couldn't have bee... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 04:12:30 EST Mid-weekend status...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828943 Chillaxin' from yesterday was almost *too* effective - when asked about when we would go shopping, I decided to defer that until tuday because 1) the requester followed up a bit late in the day, and 2) by that time the weather was getting *worse* and there was NO way in heaven, h**l or earth that I would go out in that mess for SHOPPING - of ANY kind! (Can ya tell I HATE to shop?) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Sooooooo - as much as I try to avoid doing things "last-minute", I'm actually OK with... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 05:05:10 EST Chillin'....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828472 Quiet morning - no plans other than perhaps some toy shopping for some charity events coming up........a bit cool and rainy, but that's OK (especially since I got my needed errands out of the way before the weather turned)..........soooooooo - I'm just enjoying a calm morning to myself before the louder folks get up (and when they get up, say "bye-bye" to peace and quiet :( )........... <BR> <BR> Will, as usual, have an extended workout - but will need to plan on the eating (not sure how tha... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 06:50:33 EST TGIF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827953 Not thrilled with the reduced pay (my KINGDOM for fully financed holidays and vacays!)............but shortly I will reap other benefits from full-time work (and not a minute too soon, either - fortunately, holiday shopping is very miniscule, which is a true relief in more ways than one).......... <BR> <BR> Decided to change my routine slightly this morning - started my workout earlier and extended it to my general weekend length - all good! So I'm finishing up my online routine so I can he... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 06:58:32 EST Sleep habits...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827310 Just when I thought things were getting better, sleep-wise, it looks like inconsistency is rearing its ugly head again wrt sleep habits.......don't know why, though more than likely my dislike of a too cold bedroom may be a reoccurring issue (this needs to be addressed seriously - it had been discussed, but not much more done than that)..........sheesh! Is a good night's sleep too much to ask for? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm OK being up now, but I'm sure by the time 5PM rolls ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 03:46:55 EST Not much goin' on for this "hump day"........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826766 Yep - another shameless blog for points (heh, heh!) - funny, though.......did get 50 team points courtesy of "Working Out At Home" (guess that'll give me even more incentive NOT to get into the gym scene)! <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Ate better yesterday - and the light lunch didn't really cause any problems........in fact, I successfully turned away from loose snacks lying around - so I guess my concerns about the satiety factor of said lunch didn't really pan out to be anything r... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 04:58:55 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826183 As seems to be the trend, there's not much to say for the day.........packed a fairly conservative lunch - fairly healthy, but I'm not sure how satisfying it'll be - will need to make sure I hit the store after work and NOT put it off as I did last night (weather was yucky so I headed straight home)...........hopefully I'll do OK with the lunch choice.. ... <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 04:46:35 EST TGI *MONDAY* :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825549 The latter part of the weekend turned out to be much nicer than the beginning part..........al that having been said.........sigh........TGI*MONDAY*! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Now it's time to get back to some semblance of normality - and get back on track! <BR> <BR> Here's to a great day and week ahead, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 04:43:23 EST Not much better (THANKS TO *EXTENDED FAMILY*) - but I made $#!@# sure I SURVIVED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825010 WARNING: long post with a *lot* of *family-related venting* - if you're one of these "family over all" advocates, *please* skip this post! <BR> <BR> Yep! Once again, while trying to have a nice day, EXTENDED FAMILY "saved the day* - NOT!!!!!! <BR> <BR> While I am at a nice little event (MANY MILES away from home, I might add!) I get a text from an extended family member - quite terse - just stating where he and someone else are at the time - NO OTHER INFO PROVIDED, of course! <BR> <BR> So... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 06:09:31 EST HORRIBLE :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824535 Nasty family row yesterday - things got really heated and dramatic...........things will be changing around here and NOT in a good way :( - I had to actually take steps to calm things down (and let me tell you, that is NOT in my nature to do, but the situation took a VERY ugly turn).......... <BR> <BR> Needless to say, life truly s**ks in Raspberryland - not much hope for improvement any time soon, either.......... <BR> <BR> Makes one wonder just what the $#!@# I'm DOING here........ <BR> ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:02:27 EST Post-Turkey Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824156 When I abruptly cut myself off from my online routines due to a sudden sense of tension (and a sudden headache, as well), it turned out to be a great call! That extra hour of sleep did the trick - didn't even need to pop a pill or take "the pink stuff"! Was pretty much back on my A-game almost instantaneously upon arising - unbelievable! So much for - ahem - *aging*! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's marathon was "World's Dumbest" (gotta *love* anything that makes you feel... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:52:33 EST Happy Turkey Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823709 Not much going on, at least for the first part of the week.........have a belated b-day get-together at an old friend's church (belated things are just fine by me, and I can tolerate being in a church (sad story on that) under the circumstances)...........there will be enough inactivity to make me a bit uneasy - don't get me wrong.........I enjoy rest and relaxation as much as the next person, but I do have my limits, and too much idleness makes me uncomfortable.........I may end up taking a ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:17:43 EST Got through it........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823122 Day went as well as it could for the circumstances (mid-week, no "day off" (of course, full employment is A-OK))..........I did take another lunchtime walk - even though it was slightly cooler than the previous day, it was still a good temperature for the activity........now I can deal with the poor forecast to come - no regrets that I didn't take advantage of a good opportunity! <BR> <BR> Got treated to a nice dinner @ home (did NOT go out, to save a few bucks) - got what I pretty much aske... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:25:21 EST Saddened beyond words....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822647 Imagine waking up on one's b-day to such horrific news as the Ferguson situation.........while it was certainly no surprise to me, it is still saddening beyond words.........our country STILL needs a $#!@# of a lot of work to do to get our proverbial "act together".......... <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> On a somewhat nicer note (not to dismiss or lighten what happened, of course, but to put some semblance of positivity on this post), I got a pleasant lunchtime walk in since the temps... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:18:34 EST Can't take much more of this - I SWEAR :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822023 Even that surprising 25 bonus points isn't gonna do much for my mood right now..... <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Still reeling from a Friday that totally zapped my self-confidence at a time where that was JUST what I DID NOT need..........and to top it off, the weekend was very, VERY unsatisfying - ALONG with comments from a person that have sent me over the edge (no, I did NOT snap, but I have made decisions that may anger others in the future) - I did NOT share with anyone, but I ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:49:14 EST Even WORSE :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821471 Yesterday was *horrible* - stress hit again - BIG TIME........resulting in a *nasty* acute tension headache (just over the eye - the WORST kind), and aggravated by a sore leg.......not sure what brought that on, but having to deal with both truly s**ked...... <BR> <BR> To make matters worse, with Murphy's Law being the way it is, *of COURSE"* this would be the time where several folks would come up to me and, in their own way, attempt to smooth things over and provide their kind of comfort -... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:22:42 EST Not the way to start a weekend...... :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821011 Rough day @ the ol' salt mine yesterday (I'm *really* disheartened)...........need to step up my A-game ($#!# xomputer issues)...... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Did do a bit of dancing yesterday (solo, though - usual partner didn't bother).........I'm getting a bit annoyed about that, but I'm ALSO h**lbent on getting my money's worth - EVEN if I have to do this SOLO!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Am indulging in a *small* piece of cake - there are no plans for any oth... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:34:21 EST Let's see how this goes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819871 Taking part in a one-day work challenge, similar to the "Great American Smoke-Out" (only not with nicotine since I've never smoked - I'm avoiding junk food for the day).........stress has laid me low wrt eating habits, so this'll be good to get me refocused and hopefully back on track........ <BR> <BR> Have an active weekend planned - I'm not totally comfortable with this, though, due to logistical issues which could make for a less than physically comfortable time........time will tell as t... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:39:11 EST On gratitude..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819273 Those who have come to know me through my past blogs know that I am *NOT* a fan of holidays (and would just as soon not rehash my reasons now, since I don't want that to get in the way of my purpose for the day's blog)............this year I can acknowledge gratitude for certain things (small and medium-size in terms of significance).........this has been a *HUGE* struggle for me so this is a very, *very* "big deal* here......... <BR> <BR> Bad patches in life often bring out the worst in fol... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:51:27 EST Meh :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818700 Certain people are just getting on my nerves today - and in some of the cases, these are *serious* matters that may potentially impact relationships..........bah humbug! <BR> <BR> If only I could catch a break! No WONDER I'm not eating well......... <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> 'Nuff said...... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:35:00 EST Sigh...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818083 STINGIEST point tallies TO DATE! What's next - subtracting points? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Didn't do well eating yesterday - can't figure out what's bringing this "semi-binge" on......all I DO know is that this MUST STOP! I've committed myself to a one-day challenge similar to the Great American Smoke-Out (only using "junk food" as the issue to quit)..........gotta DO THIS! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:52:34 EST "Weekend Update" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817601 I'm RASPBERRY56 and *you're not* (and that's, as Martha Stewart says so well, *a good thing* - especially for you reading this)! Frankly, I wouldn't wish myself on anyone - especially the past few years! <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> ("introspective/semi-downer mode with SNL reference" OFF) <BR> <BR> Yesterday was *all good* - got everything done that I wanted *and* needed to do -so this was an unqualified success! Even had a chance encounter with a former coworker while grocery sh... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:34:41 EST And away I go...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817166 Getting a bit done this morning - <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Have decided it's time to get a hair trim - I'm *waaaaaay* overdue (it was in August for my reunion, and I have a special weekend plan on the horizon)......... <BR> <BR> Not much more to say here - enjoy your Saturday, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:01:33 EST Yahoo.....FRIDAY! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816564 Yesterday I was confounded by various tech issues so I didn't complete the Sparkin' before I had to leave (hate it when that happens!)...... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> One of my direct deposits hadn't yet posted as of 6:30AM - checked my agency site and it looks to have been prepared as per normal (I had already received all necessary approvals) - sooooooooo - why the delay? Sheesh! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Managed to get a lunch packed, but it was challenging sinc... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:07:03 EST Cold climb down from that "hump" of a day....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815962 Now the "polar vortex" (or whatever it may be - I get that there's a controversy but I'm not gonna go there on that) is chugging it's way east - yikes! To make the sting even rougher to bear, I saw the briefest mention of the "S" word (uh, that's *snow* :) ) on a local mini-forecast - YIKES! For pete's sake, it's NOT even DECEMBER yet! <BR> <BR> NOOOOOOOOOO - NOT ready for that yet! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Need to find ways to keep busy until work projects accrue - and I ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:52:18 EST Plugging along mid-week....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815296 Still need to get busier - yeah, I keep telling myself that things will improve with time (guess that ol' impatience demon is rearing its ugly head once more)........ <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Have a late night ahead - it'll be interesting to see how I cope with that *and* an even earlier wake-up time (by choice, as always)............hopefully I won't end up "hitting the wall" and having to readjust things again as I'd prefer to be able to do as much as I feel I want *and* need t... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:59:33 EST Tuesday....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814684 Still slowly but surely adjusting - and so far I'm doing well! <BR> <BR> Eating is not stellar, but with a few tweaks (I'm packing lunch - cafeteria is waaaaaaay too pricey, with inconsistent quality) and some stronger internal will, I hope to transition well *and* meet my goals! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday, Sparkies! Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:16:37 EST OK - it begins.......and I'm *all in*! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813952 WOO-HOO! <BR> <BR> After over 2 years of "reduced circumstances", I re-begin the 40-hour life! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> In order to adjust as best as possible, I am actually getting up *slightly earlier* than I have been, so I can make absolutely sure I get everything I *want* AND *need* to do done before prepping for the travel (and I have determined my "set" time for arrival and start)...........so, as Jackie Gleason said so well, "awaaaaaaay we go... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 04:23:50 EST Sunday's plans...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813402 Today the plan is to rest (after a workout, of course) and recharge the "spirit" (or at least what I define as spirit, coming from one who's been *challenged* in that area for many years)...........perhaps with a bit of light housekeeping and minor chores that I couldn't get to earlier - and, of course, my traditional Sunday "Snapped" marathon (hey, a gal's gotta have *something*)...... <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> And *tomorrow* the *new* phase of things begins! <BR... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 06:19:05 EST Stunned......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812954 Honestly, I did NOT see this coming........... <BR> <BR> Announced my departure to the group yesterday - and what a response - strong, supportive, and *quick* in certain aspects - I was honored with an *awesome* cake and sparking apple cider sendoff after the end of the session, and followed by an impromptu "gals' night out" (I NEVER had one of those - gawd's honest truth)! Had to alert the spouse who was preparing dinner (a favorite meal of mine which we had discussed the night before) - j... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:34:11 EST Challenges...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812344 Yep - am sure facing a few right now: 1) the pain of property taxes :( :( :( , and 2) the switch in work situations ..... dropping one part-time gig to be replaced with the extended morning gig for a full 40 hours....... <BR> <BR> Things will be a bit tight for a week or so, but hopefully the switch to a full 40-hour week will help a bit........it's been over 2 years since I've been in a full-time gig, so this is waaaaaay overdue and much, *MUCH* appreciated! <BR> <BR> Will hopefully be in... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 05:17:27 EST "Lost" day...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811727 Didn't get to blog yesterday - oh, well ......... just another reminder of how I'm struggling (with time, dealing with distractions and other issues that have caused me to fall off track) - now I need to restore myself and get back on my "A-game"! <BR> <BR> Gonna be a rainy and cool day (with colder temps to follow, according to forecasters) - won't make getting out all that great, but this also helps me sleep (absolutely *awesome* sleep conditions, so I hope to take advantage of that)! <BR>... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 05:08:51 EST LIVID! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810431 (vent mode ON) <BR> <BR> Have been UP off and on SINCE 12:30AM! I. AM. NOT. A. HAPPY. CAMPER! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> So livid that I will NOT go home at lunch - it'll just get me madder! Have meals planned to go for the day (not perfect, but fairly good from a nutrition standpoint) - thank gawd for libraries! Great places to chill - and it looks like I'm gonna need a LOT of chillin' today! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> GRRRRRRRR! <BR> <BR> (vent mode off) <BR> <... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 04:54:57 EST :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809113 A bit annoyed with an extremely stingy team point tally - you'd figure with all the teams I'm in on it would make a difference.........sigh.........apparently not........... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> May need to consider streamlining and cutting some of those teams.........oh, well....... <BR> <BR> Now on to the :) .........had an *AWESOME* night's sleep - thanks to the continuing benefit of new bedding along with that extra hour - WOO-HOO! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 06:58:59 EST