SABLENESS's SparkPeople Blog SABLENESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community July: onward WHEW. I am so glad to be done with all the extra stuff going on in June, personally and at work. Slowly getting back on track with tracking and doing better now that I have a little more time. I started this with the intention of catching up, but what I need to catch up on the most is sleep. Off to bed. <BR> <em>102</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:53:55 EST More on 40 years What are key ingredients of a successful 40 year marriage as I see it? <BR> <BR> <em>337</em> 1. Sense of commitment to carry us through the tough times <BR> <em>458</em> 2. Our faith <BR> <em>459</em> 3. Mutual respect for our differences <BR> <em>342</em> 4. Support when one of us is having a hard time <BR> <em>334</em> 5. Sense of humor is a must. <BR> <BR> Classic example of what makes us tick in the following incident... <BR> Setting: Husband and I are walking by t... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:13:26 EST 40th anniversary Saturday was our 40th anniversary. We had a pleasant laid back day, having done our big celebrating last year with a cruise. We ate seafood at a small restaurant by the bay, visited the new Trader Joe's, and finished up with dessert from Schocolad, my very favorite chocolate shoppe. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:13:16 EST Unexpected! Woohoo! We are celebrating our 40th anniversary, actually May 31, but it was Memorial Day 40 years ago. What a nice surprise we had Thurs night when our daughter called to ask if we could pick her up at the airport on Saturday! Yes, yes, yes! We didn't expect to see her until August. Tomorrow we'll be able to celebrate other daughter's birthday together as a family. Sat, 24 May 2014 17:31:51 EST Sharing the kitchen After a late dr appointment and grocery shopping for tonight's dinner with mom and boyfriend, it was pretty late when I got home and ate dinner, leftovers thanks be. <BR> <em>220</em> Sweetie husband, whose skills are NOT geared toward the kitchen, gave me a hand with making WeightWatchers carrot cake, carrot squash casserole, and fresh corn salad. He needs specific directions, like find this bowl, stir that, dump this in there, etc, but it was helpful because I could work on one thing w... Wed, 21 May 2014 10:47:14 EST A rare May day at the Speckled Trout Marina <em>27</em> Yesterday's stormy day brought us Florida perfection! It's sunny <em>67</em> and cooler <em>259</em> with a stiff breeze off the water. I could hardly wait to walk <em>311</em> to the marina and picnic <em>550</em> at lunchtime. I actually needed to sit in the sun to keep warm! <BR> <BR> There were only two boaters on the choppy water. Bird watching turned up pelicans, the usual gulls, ducks, great white herons, and unless I was mistaken, a roseate spoonbill on the ... Fri, 16 May 2014 14:21:00 EST Better coffee habits <em>287</em> Not my thing. I rarely buy coffee unless I'm desperate or traveling, and I don't have to have sweets to go with it. <BR> <em>262</em> I never have been much of a soda drinker, so I don't use it as a coffee substitute. Six cans a year is probably high. <BR> <em>466</em> I don't use any sweeteners in my coffee, but I've got to have my milk in some form or another, usually fat-free half & half. <BR> <em>271</em> <em>106</em> Three cups = bad day, too little sleep.... Thu, 15 May 2014 11:04:26 EST OK, so it's come to this... It will be next fall before I can resume my daily lunchtime walks to the Speckled Trout marina. Although I can drive there and eat my lunch in the shade, I really really miss the midday walk. It was not only fitness minutes, but gave me more energy for the afternoon. I've been in an exercise slump since I had to give it up a few weeks ago. <BR> <BR> what? Today I drove to a grocery store and briskly walked its air-conditioned aisles twice before shopping - 25 min. I think I'll... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:21:42 EST 4 day work week? "Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." John L Beckley (although many others have had similar sayings attributed to them) <BR> <BR> I think that's been my problem the last month or so. Now that it's too hot to walk to the bay at lunchtime, I've lost at least 30 daily walk time. I still haven't managed to find a good substitute. <BR> <BR> In a few weeks, I'll go on 4 day weeks, 10 hr days for the summer. I will go in earlier, stay later, and have a shorter lunch. I am not... Mon, 12 May 2014 12:33:24 EST Crash Survivor in Colorado Kristen Hopkins, the woman who survived for days in her crushed car in a ravine in Colorado, is the niece of my friend Kris. Kris asks that Kristen to be put on anyone's prayer chains, prayer lists, and personal prayers. Thanks, friends. <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR><BR>tin-hopkins-survives-five-days-after-c<BR>ar-crash-colorado-n97876 Thu, 8 May 2014 13:04:57 EST "Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad..." <em>40</em> week re: food. It is SO easy to get off track, all out of proportion to staying on it. About the only upside I've got here is that off track is to a lesser degree than in the past. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 May 2014 21:04:18 EST Nothing gained... And nothing lost either. I am not unhappy about it. This week has been really hard. I've gone in to work early every day which cut into time I would have at least done a Spark video. I'd have gotten up earlier, except I started the week off with a bad night of insomnia and have been short on sleep all week. I've had things scheduled for every night after work which cut out going to Curves. I've had too many meals I didn't prepare, and while I've done quite well with choices, it wasn't c... Fri, 2 May 2014 06:50:24 EST One day closer to weekend! The day is starting as a mixed bag. I am sooo tired; running short on sleep all week. <BR> <BR> On the upside, <BR> <em>58</em> I completed a leadership program last night. The graduation was awesome. I got to invite two supervisors since I changed positions mid-stream. The speaker was amazing; she stepped in at the last minute to cover for the scheduled speaker who had an emergency. The surprises our class had planned for the director went without a hitch even though I didn't know... Thu, 1 May 2014 09:07:09 EST Attention All Cat Staff Must see: today's Daily Spark Kitty Workout video is hilarious! Too bad my cats weren't interested. Love the toilet paper shredding machine. I think even my lazy Grayce could go for that one. <BR> <BR> Re yesterday's blog, I will post pics when I get the pins done. I got all the little pieces of them cut out yesterday, or nearly done; I still have to make the little diplomas. Planning to assemble tomorrow night. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:24:29 EST Volunteer work I spent the evening working on a craft project - 40 kindergarten graduation pins. With help from my mom, all the pieces are cut out, the faces drawn, and the hats glued on. Kept me from snacking; I was too busy! <BR> <em>58</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:36:18 EST Scarlett had it right BAD sleep last night between sheets twisted, cats hiding under bed, missing med bottle (stolen by cat), and woke up at 4:30. NOT a good start to Monday, especially when my coworker is away and I am covering her team plus my own. Fortunately, the phone rang only a few times, only one person came in to the office, there were only a handful of emails. Good thing, because my brain was not functioning that well. <BR> <BR> Food - in range because I forgot to eat the rest of dinner, too much t... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:32:17 EST MIA but catching up Friday - long day at work followed by evening volunteering at a school carnival. Got a good workout manning my game. Success - I gave away my food tickets so I wouldn't be tempted. I ate an apple and a kashi bar on the way there. <BR> <BR> Saturday - SLEEP and rest to catch up from week of not sleeping well, antibiotic, and not feeling great. BAD food day... <BR> <BR> Sunday - catching up on all the stuff I didn't get done yesterday, but back on track foodwise. <BR> <BR> I will be work... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:34:04 EST Super Veggie dinner Tonight's menu: <BR> <BR> lentil hummus in bread bowl <BR> cabbage <BR> kale <BR> the last of dark chocolate bunny <BR> <BR> The cabbage and kale are from friend's organic farm. Husband is learning that he likes more veggies than he thought he did. Tonight's kale was a great success. <BR> <BR> Kale, chopped and cooked in small amount of water, salt, pepper. Mix with <BR> red wine vinegar <BR> olive oil <BR> toasted pine nuts <BR> dried cranberries <BR> <BR> The kale was not the tendere... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:32:26 EST What have I done for me? Spring Challenge this week is me time: <BR> <BR> Made the most of waking up early by doing that wonderful SP Qi Gong video in addition to Spring into Shape Bootcamp video. <BR> <BR> Walked to marina at lunchtime to sit in the sun and enjoy the sights and sounds. <BR> <BR> Read aloud to husband. <BR> <BR> Go to bed. I'm about to do that again. Felt pretty good most of the day at work, but had a headache and was SO tired when I got home. I think my antibiotic is making me feel tired. Ta... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:01:41 EST Simple Thai coconut soup This quickie version of Thai coconut soup has become my favorite sick fare, chicken soup like my grandmother never made: <BR> <BR> 2 cartons thai ginger chicken broth <BR> 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped <BR> 1 bunch long green onions, chopped <BR> 1 can coconut milk <BR> 1 can lite coconut milk <BR> mushrooms - whatever I have on hand, canned or fresh <BR> up to a cup of shredded or finely diced carrot <BR> 1-2 T lime juice <BR> Diced chicken or turkey - optional <BR> Jasmine rice - optiona... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:13:53 EST Not as I expected Monday <em>198</em> I am sick again--or maybe still--with sinus infection, the same upper respiratory stuff I had last month. I left work early after doing essential tasks and headed for the CVS clinic, third visit in 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> I stopped at the grocery store afterward to restock "sick supplies". Husband and I had used up just about all we had last month. <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> Not letting it stop me even though I feel turtle-slow. I've tracked my food, walked ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:00:38 EST Started last night Husband and I started Easter early with a beautiful Easter vigil service last night at the church I used to sing at. The Great Vigil of Easter is truly my favorite service, starting in darkness lit only by the Pascal candle lit with new fire. I love the long chant; done right, it's a dramatic sung story. As the candle passes down the center of the church, individual candles are lit till the church is filled with light. The choir sang "This Joyful Eastertide", every word well known in my h... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:33:02 EST I messed up That's what I get for doing my weigh in at 4 AM in half light. It said I was two pounds down, thanks to a week's streak for Spring 5% Challenge of tracking everything AND staying in cal range. It got me some good results, including yesterday's not as tight jeans. <BR> <BR> However...once I finally got back to sleep and restarted the day at a better time, I got on my scale just to see those nice numbers again. Well, I messed up. I had to look again, weigh again--can that be right?? I'd m... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:58:00 EST A good Friday If I had attempted a lunchtime walk today, I'd have gotten rained on for sure. So I ate my sandwich while working at my desk, called my mom, and then drove to her house for several cups of tea. <BR> <BR> Counted blessings, not including all the ones too numerous to mention: <BR> <em>27</em> The gray day that kept the temperature cooler <BR> <em>12</em> A workday that was busy and went by quickly <BR> <em>17</em> My job, my coworkers, and a decent paycheck <BR> <em>458</em> A re... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:19:09 EST Another point of view at the Speckled Trout Marina I was so so lucky today. My lunchtime was in a window of the best weather all day. I walked to the marina enjoying the breeze and the sights and sounds. I've done this often enough that a neighbor is starting to wave to me first. <BR> <BR> Instead of sitting, I lay on my back on a bench under a palm tree. So my view was the sky, not the water. I saw lots of blue, some wispy clouds, the pond fronds waving in the wind, birds overhead, and lots of jet trails. You can tell there's a major ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:29:47 EST Woes and woohoos Woes: I have been unable to get to Curves for too long for too many really good reasons. So I'm extra grateful for the Spring Challenge which is motivating me to make up for it the best I can. I thought I'd go after work today--but something unavoidable came up. I have an appointment after work tomorrow. I thought, "Oh good, I'll go Friday"--only to get an email that they're closed on Good Friday. So I'm aiming at Saturday for sure. <BR> <BR> Woohoos: The weather is still nice enoug... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:20 EST Blood Moon Blues YAWN YAWN. I was NOT planning to get up last night, but husband was. For some reason, we were both awake around 2:30. Knowing I'd be a good hour getting back to sleep anyway, we got up, got our binoculars, and sat on the porch to watch. <BR> <BR> I was fully dressed to fend off mosquitoes. Sure enough, as usual, they came after me, not husband. But I was ready for them and came through unbitten. <BR> <BR> It was beautiful sitting out there. We live in an urban area where the only the ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:48:43 EST Making it a good Monday I have a monthly women's spirituality group that meets in my home. Got some more fitness min in by doing some extra cleaning. I still feel behind from having been so sick last month, but am slowly getting caught up. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Work was busy busy busy. I didn't get my coffee till 10:30, forgot to eat the rest of breakfast I'd brought with me. By the time I started getting really hungry, lunchtime wasn't far off, so I just drank some water and waited. :-) That gave a some e... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:17:19 EST Singing and Successful Sunday A totally beautiful Florida spring day. The door of the Friends Meeting place was open so we could hear bits of birdsong during the gathered silence. <BR> <BR> I went from Meeting to sing in a Palm Sunday performance at a downtown church of French sacred classical music including: <BR> <BR> Gabriel Faure's beautiful Requiem <BR> Ubi Caritas by Maurice Durufle <BR> Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck <BR> Cantique de Jean Racine, also by Faure <BR> <BR> We performed with organ, superb small or... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:34:04 EST A woohoo day I have meticulously tracked every morsel and accumulated some extra odds & ends fitness minutes by doing two things at once, like calf raises while standing at the counter. <BR> <BR> Daily check in with Tiger Monarchs - was able to do both tracking points and in cal range points. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:19:37 EST Bad night & what I chose to do about it I woke up nearly two hours before my alarm this morning after going to bed a little later than usual--GRRR. Going back to sleep was hopeless, so I got up and made me and husband a good high protein breakfast. <BR> <BR> I left early, saying on my way out the door, "I'm heading to Dunkin Donuts for some deluxe coffee." So there, insomnia. However, the closer I got to Dunkin Donuts, the more I kept thinking, "Do I really want high sugar coffee, even if I ask for skim milk?" Well, the turn f... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:18:29 EST For the birds This was the kind of day that draws people to Florida in droves. I walked with my lunch bag to the Speckled Trout marina for a picnic. I'd barely walked past my building when I spotted a huge flock of ibis on a lawn. There were 38 of them! Take this pic and multiply: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In addition to the impressive flock of ibis, I spotted both great and small white herons, great and small blue herons, a trio of peli... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:08:18 EST Happy Birthday to me! <em>44</em> Tomorrow is my 60th birthday!!! I have a red velvet cake in the oven to take to potluck tomorrow so I will have less to eat myself. My coworkers kept sneakily dropping cards and small gifts on my desk Friday. I received some nice organizing items, chocolates to restock my jar, an iTunes card, a future lunch date, and a lottery ticket! No winning numbers, but it was fun anyway. <BR> <BR> My 8 day retreat over spring break was a gift to myself, even before I got there. I h... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:40:33 EST Checking out; will be back 4/3 Woohoo! Yippee! I'm ready for spring break. Tomorrow is full of preparations to leave for my retreat. I'm leaving my iPad at home, am resigned to tech withdrawal, but I really feel I need a break. Call it fasting from technology, if you will. At any rate, I will have my phone for checking in with husband, otherwise I'm not available. <BR> <BR> Success this week - walked twice. I need my energy back. Today I took my whole lunch hour to walk to the Speckled Trout marina and sit in th... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:20:10 EST Thank you, SparkMoms Thanks, friends, for the advice. I've already taken 3 full days and two partial days off work with a weekend in between. I've finished my antibiotics, no sign of lingering infection, the sore throat and headache are long gone. It's just the cough that won't going away. It's not the deep racking sort anymore, and I'm not doing nearly as much. I'm hoping that my week's retreat coming up will give me all the time I need for rest & recovery. <BR> <BR> And a head's up--I'm not taking my iP... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:36:40 EST Feeling run down Husband and I dragged ourselves out of bed as late as possible for a work morning and agreed we are run down. Our cough is hanging on as we were told it would, we are tired, and our energy level has bottomed out. We are much better, but this has taken a lot out of us. <BR> <BR> I went for a 20 min slow walk at lunch yesterday, all I felt up to. What I wanted to do was take the rest of the day of, go to a park and sit in the sun for the rest of the afternoon. I'm sure it would have bee... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:08:22 EST Rest rest rest Seems like all I've done this weekend. I've slept as well as I could with being sick, but this weekend my body said it was catchup time. I took the cat to the vet; he seems better after fluids and meds, and I get his bloodwork results tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Many things I intended to do didn't get done, but more sleep and rest is what I needed most. I've been so tired, trying to keep up as much as I could. Today was a really bad food day; just lost all motivation to bother. That's OK too;... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:32:15 EST Winter 5% challenge Well, it started with a bang and some quickly lost lbs, got stuck at a persistent plateau, and got further derailed by this upper respiratory thing that's hanging on and on. I lost 6 of the 11 lbs I aimed for, and at the moment, I feel really discouraged. Between being sick, antibiotics, and trying to keep up with everything, I'm tired out. <BR> <BR> Did next to nothing today except take a sick cat to the vet. Daughter came over, and we went out to a great Indian restaurant. It's not ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:26:23 EST What is Apfel Kuchen? Thank you, SparkFriends, for reading my blog and sharing your own grandmother memories; truly heartwarming. <BR> <BR> So what is apfel kuchen? My grandmother's grandparents emigrated from Germany. Apfel kuchen--apple cake--was a family recipe. She had a very large cookie sheet with slightly higher than usual sides. The crust or cake was slightly sweet yeast dough spread in the pan and topped with neat rows of sliced apples sprinkled generously with cinnamon and sugar. Fresh out of the o... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:14:09 EST Grandmother What do you see? <BR> What do you hear? <BR> How does this smell? <BR> Feel this. Reach for that. <BR> Let's pick one of these. <BR> <BR> My grandmother was unconsciously a wonderful model of mindfulness. Some of my early memories are of going for walks with her, grandmother pulling me in my wagon, painted red by my grandfather. She pointed out roadside wildflowers, bugs, anything of interest to a small child. <BR> <BR> <BR> Grandmother's bedtime stories weren't the usual. She read t... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:56:34 EST Book on Handling Change Lots to catch up on at work today, had it under control by 3. I felt really slow mid-afternoon, but otherwise pretty good. For the first time, I got rained out; no walk, so I read a homework book. <BR> <BR> Highly recommend for anyone in an organization undergoing change: "Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions" by John Kotter of Harvard Business School, author of "Leading Change" and "The Heart of Change." Told as an allegory involving a penguin colony who... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:33:29 EST Curves or not to Curves? Feeling pretty good this morning and set out to do some errands that had accumulated. I stuck my gym bag in the car thinking to at least do half a workout at Curves after MIA for a whole week. I ran all my errands and debated.... <BR> <BR> I had done my short Spring Bootcamp video earlier, and after finishing errands, the question was now what? Do I go to Curves or not? To be honest, no. I've missed my workouts there and also missed out on the re-opening after installation of brand new ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:12:19 EST Dare I say it: a turn for the better? I am so glad I went a second time to the CVS clinic. I slept better last night than I have since I got sick, up only once with less coughing My throat and head feel a tad better too. I'm also glad I have another day at home to rest up and take it easy. <BR> <BR> Along with lots of napping, I'm sorting papers and throwing things out. Still not much energy, but that's OK; resting is what I need most. <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the well-wishes. My sincere sympathy for all other sickies... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:40:40 EST The week is not starting well... After another night of coughing and hacking, I went back to the clinic this morning, and despite my best efforts, my cold has morphed into a sinus infection. I am now on three prescriptions and hoping they help. <BR> <BR> Edward Hayes' book "Prayers for the Domestic Church" has a blessing prayer for the taking of medicine, and I think I'll read it when I do my bedtime doses. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I've so seldom needed to use sick days at work so I have plenty to spare. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:28:13 EST Organic veggie bonanza We had a wonderful dinner tonight, courtesy of husband's organic garden and a friend's organic farm. From our garden: cauliflower and cilantro. From friend's farm: carrots, white radishes and greens, turnips and greens. The only non-organic produce were some zucchini and yellow squash I needed to use up. <BR> <BR> Dish #1: thinly sliced radish sprinkled with salt <BR> <BR> Dish #2: turnips finely chopped and cooked with turnip greens and radish greens, served with butter, salt, peppe... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:57:47 EST still sick From yesterday's blog with advice from AARP: "If you feel too sick to move--don't." Fri, 7 Mar 2014 20:21:29 EST Rx SparkPeople Sick day 3, off to clinic where I was assured I'm doing all the right things--lots of fluids, rest, expectorant, etc. I do not have a sinus infection, the first place things like this usually settle for me. I suspect that even though I succumbed to husband's germs, my immune system overall is in better shape. I think it's another benefit of consistent exercise and eating lots of fresh fruit & veggies. <BR> <BR> So I open our AARP magazine and find "5 Ways to Beat a Cold." How timely! Fo... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:50:18 EST Sick Day 2 So far so good. I think going home yesterday, sleeping for several hours and going for a walk in the sun were very good for me. I sat still under a tree in the middle of my walk, soaking in sights and sounds, very relaxed. I went to my class, but sat in a corner with my bottle of water and cough drops. On my way to class, I turned on my vibrating back cushion in the car for more relaxation. Once there, I had a great view across from me of a colored glass window and a glass door through w... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:00:48 EST Some things are better not shared. My husband has been sick for the last five days. He finally sounded noticeably better this morning, but I left for work with a scratchy throat. <BR> <BR> Two hours later, I came home instead of ignoring it so I can get over it faster than he did, I hope. I've taken vitamin C, meds, and soup, along with several hours of nap with my tiny cat who was very happy to share the bed. <BR> <BR> When I woke up, I thought of how husband had sat outside in the sun and decided to go for a slow walk.... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:09:56 EST Simply put... It's been a long day. I'm grateful to be home earlier than expected. I had a class right after work, so I packed lunch, snacks, and dinner and stuck to what I'd packed. Tomorrow will be the same routine. I'll pack my food before bedtime tonight and refill my water bottle. <BR> <BR> I am so grateful for my lunchtime walks. The walk plus 5-10 min of sitting by the water is so relaxing. I have a vibrating back cushion in my car on the drive between work and class to relax my sitting muscl... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:41:42 EST