SHNERPLES's SparkPeople Blog SHNERPLES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community February 28, 2016 Monday is leap year day! I think it'll be fun. :) <BR> <BR> I am going to add the all-locations plan to my gym membership. This makes it easier to go after work. There is a gym not far from my office. I work at night, so it is weird trying to do routine things. <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 01:03:27 EST Finding time for exercise after later work hours I have a job, thank goodness. I've been working there about six weeks. <BR> <BR> My hours are 4 PM - 12 midnight. Not as bad as it sounds. I've gotten used to it, pretty much. <BR> <BR> The only part of things I need to change is my workout schedule. I will have to bring an extra shirt and a pair of sweat pants in a gym bag. Then I will be able to stop at the gym after work, because I go to one that's open 24 hours. <BR> <BR> After a modest workout a few times a week, I'll still have ple... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:24:49 EST August 24, 2015 Feeling optimistic today. I spoke to a lady at a company, about a possible interview for later in the week. It would be good to finally get back to work. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's sunny outside. I found a park not far from where I live. It's been there for years, and I didn't know about it. They don't even charge for admission. They have baseball fields, an outdoor pool and racquetball courts. I'm looking forward to getting in a little racquetball practice. <BR> <BR> Once ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:15:42 EST August 19, 2015 Yesterday, I finally got back to swimming after several weeks since an unfortunate accident. I had slipped while getting out of the pool and fell onto the concrete rim. It cracked my right knee and left ankle. My right knee healed pretty quickly, but the left ankle took forever. I went to the doctor a few days ago, and he said it was okay to go swimming again. Whew! What a relief. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone who has commented on my page since then. Sorry I haven't been here as much. I wi... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:05:28 EST June 2, 2015 I took part in the Sparkpeople Vionic Challenge! That was a lot of fun. I did at least 12-15 days out of the month. It felt good to go swimming and go to the gym. <BR> <BR> Today, it's raining. I may go to the gym later. Rainy days are boring. :) <BR> <BR> Also been meaning to finish up some reading. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:41:03 EST May 11, 2015 Hard to believe it's May 11 already. Where does the time go? <BR> <BR> Burned myself by spilling water on my shirt, while making pasta before. It's okay, nothing serious, but it stung for a minute. <BR> <BR> Finally picked up my blood pressure medicine from the pharmacy today. Could have used it yesterday, my head really hurt, but I didn't go for some reason. Duh. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 May 2015 17:42:36 EST May 5, 2015 Going to leave soon to do some errands and maybe get a walk in as well. Had a light lunch. <BR> <BR> Checked in for the new day of the Spark walk-for-a-month challenge. Feels good to get it accomplished. <BR> <BR> I also enjoy having my phone along, so I can listen to audiobooks and music while I walk. Makes things less boring. I remember my first little mp3 player, years ago. It was battery-powered! I miss that thing. :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 May 2015 12:54:37 EST May 2, 2015 I'm 42! My birthday was yesterday. :) I feel pretty good! <BR> <BR> It's sunny outside, so I think I'll go to a few places and see if I can't work in a 20-minute walk. <BR> <BR> I've joined the Spark 'walk for a month' goal. This should be fun. Sat, 2 May 2015 12:50:21 EST April 24, 2015 It's been rough lately. I had to leave work early to do falling on the floor yesterday. It was due to a repeat TIA (trans-ischemic attack, also called "mini-stroke"). I went to the doctor this morning, and two times, they gave me the wrong referral to a neurologist. They sent me to an eye doctor the first time, and a cancer doctor the second time. Sigh... It is so frustrating, I don't know how long I can take it. I am just going to relax for a while. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:26:00 EST September 14, 2014 It's been an odd week. Looking for work. Had two dizzy spells and fell down during one of them. I did not have to go to the hospital, but I am hoping to go to the doctor early next week. I am feeling okay at the moment. The dizzy spells are rare. I will get a check-up as soon as I can. <BR> <BR> I miss my dog. I can't adopt one now, but I hope to down the road. <BR> <BR> Watching the new Doctor Who. I like him! I have a Roku streaming TV box, and they pick up so many channels, it's bonkers... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:17:29 EST Two walks today :) It was a good morning as far as exercise. I managed to fit in walks at two different parks. I am looking for work, and I'll be happy when I find it, but I will probably have to switch the walk times to the evening instead. :) <BR> <BR> It's hot around here. I have to remember to drink more water. :) <BR> <BR> Hope everybody has a good weekend. I am looking forward to the World Cup, which starts pretty soon. <BR> <BR> Thanks. :) Fri, 6 Jun 2014 10:44:27 EST Walking! :) I went for three walks today. :) Long ones, too. The first two were a mile each. The third one was about 3/4 of a mile. It was a little hot today. I was glad to get these things done. I've been having some sleep issues, so to not feel bored, I go outside and take walks if it's early. The third walk, I had in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> When I was in graduate school, many years ago <em>334</em> , I walked three miles a day, because the classroom buildings were very far from my apartment. I d... Sun, 25 May 2014 18:23:35 EST Hello on Sunday :) Yesterday, I went to the Chasco Fiesta, which is a local festival with food, music, dancing and other neat things. There were tons of people. I was at the booth of a local political group. We got people to sign some petitions, which was good. :) I also had to walk a long way, which was tiring at first, but counted for a lot of exercise by the end of the day. I think I walked more than two miles by the time it was done. So, good things came out of that. :) <BR> <BR> I've been struggling a lot... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:00:21 EST Two walks yesterday Yesterday was pretty good in terms of exercise. I went to the gym and did a walk on the treadmill. In the evening, I went for a walk outside. It helped. I felt better. :) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I start a new job. It's a temp thing, only supposed to last a few weeks, but at least it's something. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks. <em>334</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:16:43 EST February 7, 2014 Still looking for work, after my temp job ended last week. I am going to head to the gym after I go to the pharmacy and pick up my medicine later today. I like to walk outside, but the weather has been weird off and on. Indoors it is, for now. :) <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about joining the local town's recreation center. They have a lot of teams you can sign up for, such as basketball and pickleball. :) That looks like fun. I hope they have softball, too. It's good exercise and I haven'... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:23:45 EST Low sleep Once again, I got about five or six hours, which feels a little inadequate to me. I will tell my doctor next time, and see if she can help me. <BR> <BR> I guess I'll just listen to music for a while, until it's time to go to work. One of the few things I like about my new job is that I get a long lunch hour, so I can take a walk outside if it's not too cold. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:29:57 EST Sometimes you really have to push yourself I've been struggling a lot lately. May be starting a job soon, please, I hope so. Some days I get really lonely and have to try hard to be happy. But I believe it will pay off in the end. I woke up a little early, maybe I'll head over to the gym. :) Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:59:50 EST January 13, 2014 The sun is finally out, after yesterday's rain. I am still taking medicine for the flu. Had enough energy yesterday to take a brief walk. Hope I can do that again today. I miss going to the gym! Stupid flu, I can't wait for it to be gone. :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:43:54 EST Flu I got the bug earlier this week, and it has sapped my energy a lot. I have hardly gone out, except to get food and medicine. I think tomorrow I'll be well enough to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:54:29 EST Using a food scale Today, for the first time in a long while, I used a food scale. Huzzah! :) I feel good about it. I took a portion of almonds, 1 oz. as the package recommended, and poured it out into a cup. I weighed it on a little plastic scale. It was correct. This could be the start of something good! <BR> <BR> Something else that was good: I dragged myself away from TV for a while last night, and went for a swim. Fifteen minutes, with a lot of water-aerobics type stuff. Felt pretty good afterwards. Slep... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:44:12 EST My dog We lost my dog on Thursday of last week. Keisha died of cancer at age 16. She was a beautiful dog, very kind and sweet, and I enjoyed every day of the nine years that she lived with us after we adopted her. <BR> <BR> I think anyone who wants a pet should adopt. It will bring a lot of love into your life. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 17:05:55 EST August 20, 2013 Stuck at home because it's been raining every day for two weeks. I do not like being stuck here all day. Maybe we'll get a breather soon. I hope. Without that, I haven't been able to go walking or ride my bike. It seems every time I want to go outside, I hear thunder, and then look out. Good thing I have little barbells and a jump rope at home. Maybe I better start doing that. <BR> <BR> Almost at the one-year mark with my gym. Wonder if I'll stay. It depends on whether I get a new job soon ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:12:13 EST Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 Today is Thursday. I wanted to go to church this morning, but I had to go to a job fair instead. I did see some interesting companies, and I spent hours filling out applications. I can't wait until one of them turns up. :) <BR> <BR> Ate Cheerios with skim milk for dessert tonight. It was good. I am trying to eat lighter snacks, and smaller portions of my main meals during the day. For instance, if I make a sandwich, I have half of it now and stick the rest in the drawer for later. <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:52:10 EST Sunday morning It's one of those days where I can't sleep, even though I know I should. :) Maybe I'll just read until I get tired. <BR> <BR> Saturday, took a walk at the park. The entire right side of the lake area is overgrown with reeds. It is very hot in the middle of the day here, so maybe next time I'll go out later. And remember to bring some water. <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:32:57 EST Sunday, May 12 Today was good! I got corn on the cob instead of french fries with dinner. Took a short walk too. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I walked over three and a half miles, total, with a trip to the zoo, a walk in the mall and a trip to the gym too. It was very tiring. I don't know if I can do that every day, but I would love to do at least a mile a day, a few times a week. <BR> <BR> Got a new running app for my iPhone. Let's hope this one actually works. The other one counted my walk distances, but neve... Sun, 12 May 2013 19:29:31 EST Back home I am tired tonight. We had a long night at church - it's Orthodox Christian Easter. (Pascha) It was beautiful, and I'm glad I went. I get to sleep for a while, until Vespers tomorrow and the church luncheon after that. :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to the animal shelter in Land O' Lakes (FL), to get ready to be a volunteer. I've helped out at a lot of shelters. They all have their own policies, so I had to go to an orientation class. Wish we hadn't stood in the long grass so much. I should h... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:36:49 EST Back from the gym I did another treadmill walk at the gym tonight. It was about 22 minutes. I got the walk in with the Nike+ app. Now I'm home watching hockey. I was hoping they'd have the game on at the gym. They didn't, too bad. Instead, I listened to an audiobook while I was there. <BR> <BR> I have a big blister on my right heel, from the new shoes Mom got me. Have to remember to put a band-aid on it before I wear them again. <BR> <BR> Started to play the "Stories from Liberty City' game on X Box. It's ... Fri, 3 May 2013 20:33:05 EST Happy birthday to me! :) Wow, today I am 40. I can't believe it! And it feels good. :) Had a lovely lunch at work, the people were so nice! And then I came home, and had a wonderful dinner with Mom and Dad. Then we had cake. So, excellent all around. :) My nervousness is gone. I am feeling pretty good! :) <BR> <BR> Today I overdid it a bit on the food, but it was my birthday, so I allowed myself a little extra freedom. Tomorrow, it's back to the gym. And I mean that. :) <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 May 2013 19:28:15 EST April 23, 2013 Happy St. George's Day! If you're celebrating today. :) My church is named for St. George, so I imagine they'll be having liturgy this morning. I have to go to work, so I won't be able to go to church. It's too bad. <BR> <BR> I wrote down my breakfast this morning - two small slices of rye bread with a little butter. I am taking a cup of Nissin noodles for lunch. If you're aware of what you're doing, it helps to control it. <BR> <BR> Also, at the doctor's request, I have to keep taking my... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 06:29:42 EST More exercise helps me keep from being isolated, frustrated I have started to look for a new job. It won't be easy, but I am prone to depression as is, so I have to stave off recurrences of this feeling through any positive means at my disposal. The other day, I started to feel my thoughts racing, so I went outside for a walk, and it did help calm me down a bit. The breeze, and seeing other people coming and going, helped make a difference. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I exercised three times. Three! :) That's a lot for me. My usual time is once every other... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:58:41 EST March 28, 2013 Hello. Yesterday, I did a couple short walks, even though it was a little cold in the morning. It helped me keep the nervousness off my mind, because I have started to look for a new job. :) Fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:46:12 EST March 25, 2013 Today is Annunciation Day, but I didn't get to go to liturgy, because I had work. My job ends at the end of this week. I am trying not to be nervous. I am looking for new work already, and I have an interview tomorrow. Maybe it will be good! :) I am glad someone is giving me a chance. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym Saturday and Sunday. That made me feel pretty good. Ideally I would like to get to the practice of going every other day. (For now.) <BR> <BR> Rest in peace, Joe Weider, who founde... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:58:28 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day :) To those who are celebrating, have a wonderful day. :) Enjoy the green things! It's great to be Irish. :) <BR> <BR> Also - today started off very difficult for me. I have depression, and it was hard for me before the medicine kicked in. I had to go home and take extra. After that, it got a little better. <BR> <BR> I was able to do 20 minutes at the gym, and then 10 minutes moving and cleaning out things at the storage center. I feel relief after this. Life is good, but when you have to pus... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:15:40 EST Saturday Had a mixed day on Saturday. A lovely lunch at Outback - ate half a piece of 6-oz. steak, had broccoli instead of fries. Everything was fine until later in the day. I felt dizzy and had to lie down. I don't think it was the food. Glad I got some rest, though. <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 00:38:27 EST Cold day :) Well, it's only in the 40s, not the worst winter by a long shot, but I'll have to look for some gloves. <BR> <BR> Had breakfast this morning. Cereal. They say it's the most important meal of the day. I don't really like it, but I guess you have to get used to it if you're not in the habit. So, here goes. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym twice in the past week. Getting better! :) <BR> <BR> Also got a new exercise video game. It came with its own heart monitor, believe it or not. Wow. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 07:54:13 EST The Spark app rules :) I am not just saying that. I have been using it for the past month or so, to track my calories, and boy howdy did it make a difference! :) I have lost ten pounds since I started using it. Even the doctor noticed. Wow! :) <BR> <BR> I would recommend it to anyone who has a smart phone or music player that can use apps. It's free, and you just punch in what you ate, and it tracks the calories plus fat and carbs for you. Couldn't be simpler. The method of self-control I use, is simply to stop ea... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 07:16:22 EST August 19, 2012 Wow, it turned out to be a pretty good day. I went to church this morning and things were okay, until I started to feel a bit overheated. I almost left, but I stayed until the end after all. Then I came home and rested for a while. I was planning to read, but a nap attack sneaked up on me. :) <BR> <BR> I went to the store Saturday and priced some bicycles. Wow, they cost a lot! Some of them are $450. I won't be getting that one. :) If someone else does, that's cool. I did look at the bikes ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 20:19:16 EST Hot Friday afternoon :) Wow, it's stuffy in my room. It's also very muggy outside. Lots of clouds, probably a storm soon. <BR> <BR> I went to see Rock of Ages this afternoon. It was good! I loved it. Fun story, good songs. <BR> <BR> I also love the food tracker. I have been tracking my calories for about two weeks. The scale says I've lost five pounds. I hope the trend continues! :) It really does help me be aware of what I'm doing, and helps me slow down toward the end of the day. And it's free. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:24:11 EST June 12, 2012 Back from another interview! It went pretty well. It was my second one with this company. I hoped I might get hired today, but they said they'd call me when they made a decision. That's good. :) <BR> <BR> Had a grilled chicken sandwich from McDonald's today. It was pretty good. Tasted juicy, and less fat than the regular sandwich. Later today, I think I'll go swimming. <BR> <BR> I'm debating whether to join a gym. I may wait until I get a new job- I don't know. It would be nice to have som... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:16:44 EST June 10, 2012 I did a little bit of walking this morning. I found out it is .07 miles from where I parked my car to where I sat in church. :) Well, every little bit counts, and if I make walking a game, it's more fun. <BR> <BR> I've found what is either a corn or a bug bite on my foot. Ouch. It is a small spot, but painful, on the ball of my right foot. I think I'll swab it with Bactine later. <BR> <BR> This afternoon, I'm going to see if there are any baseball games on TV. Then I'll do some reading. ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 13:45:11 EST June 8, 2012 Another rainy day! It stinks to not be able to go outside. The only time I went out today, was when I went for an interview. Then I came home, and tonight we had another huge storm. Well, that is Florida in the spring, but still, it would have been nice to go for a walk. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to do the next best thing: I'll try to do some weights tonight. Even a little stretching might be good. Just something so I've done my 'moving around' for the day. <BR> <BR> :) Fri, 8 Jun 2012 18:45:44 EST June 7, 2012 A little tired today, after some muggy weather and a long walk. Managed to eat okay. Cold cuts both times. <BR> <BR> It rained a lot. I hate heavy rain, you can't do anything. At least the trees get to grow. :) <BR> <BR> Got a couple new books. Think I'll start one tonight. Maybe tomorrow, I'll go over to the storage place and see if I can find some things to give away. It kills time, and I always work up a good sweat doing that. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 00:18:37 EST June 5, 2012 Wow! Today I went to an interview. There was a chance I may have been able to start today, but it didn't quite go that way. They said they would call me later in the week. I didn't get a call from someone whom I was told would call me, so that was a little disappointing. Maybe they'll do it tomorrow. It will be my second interview with that company. Phone interviews are weird, but if I can get through it, I think I have a good chance at the job. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I went swimming. It felt go... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 22:05:47 EST June 3, 2012 Went for a walk today. Got sick afterward. I think it was pollen. Could have been the heat, too. Hope it doesn't get worse. I won't be able to join a gym until I am working again. <BR> <BR> My dog is doing okay. :) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to catch up on my reading. Also looked at some plane ticket prices in case I want to go somewhere, later this year. Good grief! They're astronomical! <BR> <BR> Okay, I'm just going to watch TV for a while and try to get a better start tomorrow. :) Sun, 3 Jun 2012 22:51:24 EST April 25, 2012 Well, good news today! I have an interview on Friday, and one on Monday. I am nervous, but very grateful to have these chances. :) <BR> <BR> I did ten minutes of walking at the library and twenty minutes of swimming at home today. It's time to read and listen to music, and see if there's any soccer on the TV. :) <BR> <BR> My dog is doing okay. She is hanging around, watching TV with Mom. <BR> <BR> All in all, the week has considerably improved, and I'm almost downright perky. How about ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:12:04 EST April 24, 2012 Well, I've already lost the job I had for a couple of weeks, but I interviewed today for a new one, and if I pass the pre-screening test (which I'm sure I will), I could start as soon as Thursday. What a relief! :) <BR> <BR> The weather was very windy and cold a couple days ago. Today it's sunny, but not so warm. I'm hoping it warms up a little more late in the day. I so much want to go swimming! I went swimming on the weekend, and the pool looks good. I even got a new bodyboard. <BR> <BR... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:37:54 EST April 12, 2012 It's day four of my new job. :) It's one of the hardest I've had in a long time: I have to spend most of the day in an old-fashioned paper file room, searching for files, and climbing up and down a ladder to get to the high shelves. I can really feel it in my legs and back. When I'm done with the day, I'm soaked with sweat. <BR> <BR> Because of the long commute, I'm looking into getting an apartment. I will see how that turns out. <BR> <BR> My dog came into my room and sniffed my feet thi... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 06:06:14 EST April 8, 2012 Hello! Happy Easter to everyone who is celebrating today. (In my church, we celebrate next Sunday, so I'm holding on to that chocolate bunny one more week!) :) <BR> <BR> It's interesting- since I've been doing Lent, I've effectively been a vegetarian for six weeks. I didn't have any meat. I did have some cheese, which is non-lethal, so I missed out on being vegan. Also, maybe I could have skipped the cheese, I'm sorry- it was hard for me to skip other things, and I did get told by my doctor... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 19:13:23 EST Good things today :) Some good news! I have a new job, which starts Monday. I'm pretty nervous, but I think I'll be okay. :) <BR> <BR> Also, I had some really good veggie taquitos today. I just found this brand at a health store yesterday. I got the beef style and the chicken style. They're really soy, not meat. I was surprised that they tasted pretty good! I dipped them in some peach sauce and they made for a filling lunch. <BR> <BR> It's warm outside. After I read for a while, I think I'll try a quick jog. ... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 14:11:04 EST March 27, 2012 Hi! I'm feeling a little better today. An interview I was supposed to have at 3:00 yesterday was cancelled, because the manager went out of town, but they are going to reschedule it. Surprisingly, I don't feel mad today. That's a good sign. :) <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to get some lunch and then go to the park. A good walk would help burn off some energy. <BR> <BR> My dog is sleepy today. :) <BR> <BR> That's it for the moment. I'll see you later, thanks. :) Good luck to everybody! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:34:08 EST