REDDOGMOM's SparkPeople Blog REDDOGMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not so much a train wreck as a flat tire... I've been very sidetracked the last couple of weeks with getting moved yet again and with an ill-timed and bad eating house guest. I didn't really do terribly, but I didn't do as well as I can. <BR> <BR> But, I'm not going to dwell on the past. I'm just going to do better. Apparently I'll be having this guest on a semi-regular basis and I'll just have to stand strong. <BR> <BR> Today I made more of the "chili" in my batch cooking. I took a cup out, smashed it up with a fork to get a g... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:22:55 EST Temptation thy name is cupcake! Not really. I lied, but it made a decent title, don't you think? <BR> <BR> My boss's daughter's birthday was yesterday. I spent part of the day going into town to get balloons blown up when the helium tank we had at work died. Then I had to go back to buy more balloons because we didn't have enough. One thing I do love about my job is that I never know what fun thing will pop up for me to do. I've done the corporate "every minute of every day thing is always the same" and it's not very... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:45:00 EST Stick a fork in me... ...I'm done. I mowed for another 45 minutes tonight after work. Another night or maybe two and I'll be done for the week. Just in time for the weekend again so I can start all over LoL. Using the push mower is much more beneficial to my health than the riding mower. I keep repeating that to myself as I stagger up and down the hills. That mower gets heavier with every trip! <BR> <BR> My boss is back and I got in 15,892 steps today and climbed up pallet racks like a monkey. I'm supposed t... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:02:14 EST Sunday Reminiscing I woke up this morning and decided to make home made chicken and noodles for lunch today. <BR> <BR> When I was a kid we would go every Sunday to my grandparent's farm. Us kids would run amok, climb trees, play with horses and dogs and bunnies and racoons, hide in the hay in the barn loft, sneak down to the pond to throw rocks. All the perfect things a child should do. <BR> <BR> But Sunday lunches were amazing! Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and veggies from my Grandpa's garden, green... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:03:28 EST Ambivalence, I know you're not my friend I am probably the slackest person you know, well sort of know on here anyway. <BR> <BR> As laughable as it sounds, I have struggled all week with getting enough calories in. Almost every night I've had to eat two tablespoons of peanut butter just hit the minimum calories on my tracker. and my fat percentage is always low. I am eating 3 meals a day and at least 2 snacks, sometimes 3 but it's work. I have to consciously think about doing it. I go through streaks like this, where I'm not... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:28:04 EST Oh What a week! I think every day has been a Tuesday this week. Everyone knows that Tuesdays are much worse than Mondays right? Everything that every other person in the world messes up on Monday hits my desk on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I had a house guest for a couple of days this week so that blew any working out. I think it might be a bit rude to say "Yeah I know I just came in from work but if you'll excuse me for another 30 minutes I have to go exercise" . <BR> <BR> Today we had another wicked busy day ... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:20:38 EST Pictures around the house Here are a few pictures I took. <BR> <BR> This is the "Hill of Death" mentioned in a previous blog. I am not sure these pictures really show how steep it is, but you'll get an idea. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the (normally) quiet little creek that runs at... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 19:26:47 EST Whew! It's been a crazy day. I ate a whopping 450 calories today. Nope, not a typo Four Hundred Fifty. It was pancake day so I built those for breakfast with a tablespoon of yummy real maple syrup. I had my healthy mid-morning snack, lunch and mid-afternoon snack all planned, tracked, packed and ready to go. <BR> <BR> Then I got to work and someone hit the crazy button. I finally turned my pedometer off at 10,694 steps. That was before my imaginary lunch. The one I worked right through. I... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:21:07 EST Heck I don't know. I have a new rule. I am not allowed to turn on the Little League World Series until I've done my workout. I turned the game on the last couple of nights and got distracted and didn't get my full workout in. <BR> <BR> If I work out after 9:00 pm I have a terrible time getting to sleep. Sleep is difficult enough for me, I certainly don't need to do anything I know makes it worse. <BR> <BR> So, I come in from work, change clothes and immediately get on my workout. My reward is to be able... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:36:35 EST Grrrrr...I have muscles! I got a pretty good workout in today. I did a jump rope cardio video which I hadn't done in a while, in addition to my other cardio. I'd forgotten how much I like that one. I'll have to do it more often. <BR> <BR> I don't even try to figure out how to track what I do at work anymore. Today the Fed Ex truck brought 50 boxes. All of my guys were up front loading something so I unloaded the truck myself rather than wait for them. I jumped down into the truck, Fed Ex Guy scans the box, I ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:10:43 EST Someone come help me up Lawn mowing is done for another week or two, depends on the rain I guess. I am so tired! My back yard has what we affectionately call the "hill of death". It's very steep. My dog Luke likes to play Australian Cattle Dog back luge on it. He takes a running start, throws himself onto his back and slides down the hill. If he slows down he'll do a side to side wiggle to push himself farther down the hill. I think he gets more points if he knocks a human down in the process because he period... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:20:54 EST Random Ramblings Well, it's Saturday. The end of the week. My grass is almost mowed. I got the front and the sides done before it started raining AGAIN. Maybe it'll dry out enough to finish up tomorrow. At least what can be seen from the street doesn't look like a jungle anymore. <BR> <BR> I had a good Spark week. Stayed in my ranges on everything all week. The great part is that I needed to burn 920 calories this week and I actually did 1,356! <BR> <BR> I lost from 123 lbs to 120.8 this week. It wa... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 17:56:17 EST More observation than blog-Food, Food Everywhere! As I was going over the meals I have planned for tomorrow, I was amazed at the amount of food on my tracker. <BR> <BR> There's enough there to feed a small army I swear. This comes in at under 1,400 calories which leaves me 162 calories just in case I'm still hungry at some point. I don't even know that I'll eat all of this and I don't know that it will be in the order that it's on my tracker. I just break it down that way so it looks pretty on my screen. I guess it proves the point that... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:27:58 EST Food Rut I'm not sure if it's caused by laziness, being a picky eater or if it's just the way it is, but I live in a food rut the size of the Grand Canyon. <BR> <BR> <BR> Seriously, I could eat the same foods every day for weeks on end. Breakfast for example, A Thomas English muffin, the kind with 8 grams of fiber, an egg, 1 slice of bacon. Sometimes I'll have half a slice of ham instead of the bacon. How daring! Morning snack-dry cereal, Afternoon snack-raw carrots and green peppers. <BR> <B... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 20:46:39 EST The best laid plans of mice, men and food tracking I was going to be a good girl, really. I had today, tomorrow and the rest of the week all planned out and tracked. Carbs, protein and fats in perfect harmony. <BR> <BR> Then came the rain, the flood, the torrential downpour. I go home for lunch pretty much every day. I let out my dog, make sure he can still urinate and it's the right color. Hey, 2 separate 3 week vacations at the vet for him and over $5,000 in bills is pretty good encouragement to do that, even if it is gross....anyway... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:59:13 EST It's Just Another Meatless Monday... <BR> Ok, now I hope whoever reads this will have the Bangles song, Manic Monday stuck in their head. Maybe it'll make me stop hearing it. <BR> <BR> A hundred years ago, when I was young and energetic I was a vegetarian. Then along came the Princess and my OB/GYN said I should eat meat. Whatever, I was easy. Go with the flow, even though I was a careful vegetarian, combining rice and beans for complete protein...all that stuff. Now I'm old and lazy, I hate having to think. :) <BR> <B... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:51:36 EST The Princess has left the castle. The baby...the princess...the light of my life...on some days, the spawn of ...well, you get the idea. <BR> <BR> My daughter has done it. She's grown wings and flown away to her own life. It's not like I didn't know this day was coming, right? Wasn't that the whole idea behind 4 years and $100,000.00 of university? Somehow I just wasn't quite prepared for it. <BR> <BR> You'd think it would have sunk into my thick head when she graduated in May. Or even earlier, when she committed to a ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:12:06 EST Did ya miss me? I am back on Spark People. The last few months have been trying, to say the least. I gained 15 lbs since September, not good but not totally terrible considering all I did was sit on my rear end, eat out...mostly fast food, get no sleep for several months then get really sick. I really didn't gain as much as I was worried it would be. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you who offered support to me during this time. I know I didn't respond and I apologize for that, but your thoughts and prayer... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:04:24 EST Where did my weekend go? Just a brief check in. Thanks to all of you who have had such kind and encouraging words for me. I promise I will thank each of you personally as soon as I can. <BR> <BR> I worked Saturday, as I usually do. No big shock there. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday morning I was up early, doing laundry....yes finally!!! and cleaning house. My poor dogs have forgotten what I look like so I played with them for a bit. <BR> <BR> All week long I've been trying to get my ex mother in law to eat ... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 11:03:11 EST Something to Woohoo About- or the ramblings of a sleep deprived human <BR> After a quick foray into my daughter's closet this morning I am decently dressed for work. Granted they're skinny jeans and I'm more of a boot cut person, but my butt is covered so I can't complain. <BR> <BR> That is not my Woohoo moment though. Woohoo Moment Alert--->After her visit to the cancer doctor it has been confirmed that my ex m-i-l's cancer HAS NOT!!! spread to her brain. I have to admit we were very worried that might be the case with some of her behavior of late. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:08:59 EST Work Naked Day? In reference to my blog from yesterday, just in case inquiring minds want to know... I am not working naked today. <BR> <BR> No, I still didn't get time to get my laundry done. My ex mother in law was totally incoherent again yesterday evening. I can't seem to make anyone understand that when she's running a fever that's what happens. A couple of advil and 15 minutes later she was doing fine. I think they'll get it now. <BR> <BR> But no laundry. I went by the house this m... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:34:07 EST Update on life in my world <BR> <BR> Ok, let me preface this by saying I'm not asking for a pity party or anything. Boy that sounds harsh...not what I meant at all LOL. I'm just doing a quick update for my friends who have been following the last couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> It's been crazy here. My ex mother in law was released from the hospital yesterday, finally, after two loooooong weeks. She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer totally out of the blue. She also has blood clots in both lungs. It's non smal... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:55:28 EST you hear that? Ahhhh....silence! We're back home from getting the child moved back to school. Please don't anyone misunderstand this. I love her dearly and I truly enjoy spending time with her. We had a great time this weekend! But I've gotten terribly spoiled with her being away. I can cook what I want, or not...I can go where I want, or not....I can watch what I want...or not. You get the picture. Left to myself I'm more of a solitary person, she pushes..err...encourages me to be more social. I think she knows ever... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:10:58 EST Built in calorie control This morning I had to walk out to another part of the plant to check on something. As I'm coming back by the video room I see my boss' dog in my office. Not a big deal, he wanders the front offices sometimes. As I get back into the front offices I hear my boss asking the dog what he was eating. <BR> <BR> I am so oblivious..really...sometimes it's scary. <BR> <BR> As I reach into my lunch box a little bit ago, I realize what the big goofball had in his mouth...MY SANDWICH! I had a lit... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 13:28:06 EST A Goat Named Puppy I got a phone call last night while driving home. Someone had found a goat walking down the road and loaded it in the back of their truck and brought it to my house. Now I do have two goats but this little girl isn't one of them. They put her in the pasture and left her with us. Yesterday evening she got loaded into a dog crate, yep she's that small, and my ex drove her around in the Pathfinder looking for her home. Bummer. it didn't work. <BR> <BR> She has a dog collar on and you can so... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 13:31:45 EST Needing positive thoughts please Any dog lovers out there, please keep your fingers crossed and keep us in your thoughts. My ex's dog is having surgery tomorrow and I'm very worried about him. Although he's not technically "my" dog I've been around him almost every day and baby sit him a lot when his daddy goes out of town. <BR> <BR> He's a VERY special dog and I couldn't take losing another one so soon. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:09:10 EST Goodbye Big Man This blog is just for me, to say goodbye to my old dog Jake. He's been my friend for 16 years. I said all these things to him last night, but they're still in my heart and I need a place to write them down. I'm always the "tough" one, the "practical" one as far as my friends and family are concerned, but for this space I don't have to be that, at least not today. Maybe tomorrow though. <BR> <BR> Oh Jake, so many things to say about you buddy. You've been my friend and my protector for... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:29:33 EST What a horrible job I have or gardening for pay. :) Ok, just a quick entry to say what a terrible job I have. (tongue firmly in cheek here) If anyone read, or remembers my last blog I was lamenting the loss of my garden to my sheep and goats because the man who came to bale the pasture left the gate open. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just spent the last hour and a half at work getting my gardening fix. I picked zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and several different varieties of tomatoes and peppers. I've been crawling around under and through and all ... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 15:36:31 EST Goodbye Garden Sadly, I believe my garden has come to an early demise. We had a man come in to cut the pasture and bale it. Unfortunately he left the gate open and the sheep and goats found their way to the garden. <BR> <BR> It seems they quite enjoyed themselves but I'll have to see how much of it can be salvaged. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:20:55 EST Woohoo!!! Last night I met my daughter at the mall on the way home to shop for a graduation present for a friend. Of course we ended up wandering around shopping for ourselves as well. Yesterday while jogging back and forth at work my size 8 capris from last summer kept sliding down. Not completely, but enough to be dangerous. <BR> <BR> We stopped into NY & Co to see what they had and found some really cute shorts that were acceptable work length, just above the knee. I grabbed a size 6 and head... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 09:50:19 EST Workout at work Wow am I glad I wore a sports bra and running shoes to work today. It's 350 steps from my office to the shipping dock...if I go in a straight line. Then obviously 350 steps back. and I never just go to the dock. I am all over this 100,000 sq foot building. I'm already at 12,449 steps today. At least half of those at a fast paced jog. My tank top is soaked through! I told my boss I really appreciated us moving to this huge building so I could get my workouts in while he was paying me lo... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:20:44 EST Cold Stone Corruption or 84 calories worth of family time My daughter took her father and me to Cold Stone Creamery last night. Ah...yummy but deadly right? Ha, I found out that I can eat a kid size scoop of the Sinless Fat Free Sweet Cream ice cream for 84 calories, 21 carbs, 3 cholesterol, 66 sodium, 5 sugar and 4 protein. Assuming my math is correct of course. <BR> <BR> A "like it" size is 5 oz and a kids scoop is 3 oz. They don't list nutrition for the kids scoop so I did.....MATH!! Luckily my math endowed child helped me out, so the fig... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 10:32:00 EST Box up those "fat" clothes, changing target weight & wearing my kids jeans Last night I decided I was tired of my totally over crowded closets. I grabbed some boxes and went to work. I tried on a few things, just for kicks, and found clothes that I couldn't even button months ago now fall right off. I mean literally slide down into a puddle around my ankles! <BR> <BR> I am seriously considering changing my target weight from 105 to 115. I have been hearing more and more comments that I'm getting "too skinny". I always figured that it was just people being poli... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 10:10:14 EST What a weekend! So my daughter and I were supposed to go see Corey Smith on Friday night at an outdoor concert. Unfortunately we had a huge storm, hail and everything which caused the concert to be canceled and beat my poor little knee high corn stalks pretty severely. <BR> <BR> By Saturday afternoon the corn was trying to straighten itself up and by Monday it had pretty well recovered for which I was very thankful. Our concert tickets for Friday were honored for the Saturday night show so my daughter, ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:04:09 EST No Bojangles today! I brought a lovely healthy lunch of veggies and a Morningstar "bacon" sandwich with cocoa roasted almonds for an afternoon snack. <BR> <BR> My boss came by my office about 11:00 with Bojangles, telling me that they were doing 1970s pricing today and offering me lunch. I stood strong, as good as it smelled, and ate my packed lunch! <BR> <BR> That's one good decision for me this week. Wed, 26 May 2010 13:51:47 EST Picky Eaters Anonymous Hi my name is Red Dog Mom and I am a picky eater. I feel like there should be a support group for us. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> This morning was "try a strawberry day" in my world. Taste was yummy, texture not so much. So the strawberries followed the same trip the raspberries from yesterday morning took....right into the blender with a couple of ice cubes. <BR> <BR> I can drink them right down. I know it's probably not as good as actually eating them, but it's a big step for me. <BR> ... Tue, 18 May 2010 11:09:07 EST My New Food Journey A couple of weeks ago I decided that the picky way I eat is ridiculous. I made a resolution to try at least one new food a week. My daughter is helping me with this as she's a great's great at encouragement. And if I get something she hasn't tried, she's going to try it with me, although she has a big head start because she eats a much better variety than I do. <BR> <BR> So I started out with sweet potatoes, then raspberries. Yummy on both counts. Yesterday we went to Wh... Sun, 16 May 2010 10:12:10 EST Eating Rainbows? Today I read on SP "Are you eating a rainbow"? Skittles?!??! No, It broke down into colors the benefits of fruits and vegetables and listed what was in each color. <BR><BR>are_you_eating_a_rainbow <BR> <BR> I know, I know. I can look at a piece of food and tell what color it is. But this article broke it down into very simple, easy to follow lists. <BR> <BR> My objective starting today is to make a list on my calendar Roy G Biv and put a fruit or... Thu, 13 May 2010 17:31:59 EST May is National Salad Month? Where have I had my head buried that I didn't notice this? <BR> <BR> I have not been paying the appropriate homage to salads. As of today I shall work to eat a salad every day. <BR> <BR> The things you learn browsing the internet during lunch on a rainy day. <em>4</em> Wed, 12 May 2010 14:26:39 EST