SPLASHDOG1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPLASHDOG1 SPLASHDOG1'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/ One of THOSE days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673831 I need to have a little venting session because this day has just been the most craptastic day I’ve had in quite some time!! So here’s the sitch…. <BR> A gal from another department called and was angry at me that I referred someone to her when she thought I should have taken care of it myself. I disagreed, but okay whatever. BUT she was so nasty and sarcastic and just plain mean it shocked me! I get a lot of nastiness from citizens because of the nature of my job but to get it from a f... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:58:15 EST Santa Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557555 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903964857.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, it was time for the annual $2 Santa picture! Here are two of my three little (or not so little) elves. The third is the one that doesn’t get along so he had to stay home. <BR> We also did a group shot all of us that came at that time and our dogs. Since my aussie was being a stinker with some of the other dogs he waited in the car for me and Eliot. This was the twelfth shot and all things considered it’s n... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 11:30:10 EST A Whole Bucket of Crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498003 So I have not been around Spark for a little. There is actually a semi-good reason. My co-worker, who is the only other person in the office that does what I do, quit! Got in a big hubbub with the boss and said "I can't take this place anymore!" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1980393607.jpg"> <BR> And while she is still my friend and I support her, (I won't go into what its like around here, but let's just say stresssss) it kind of left me holding the bag. I'm... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:57:00 EST And the Stress-O-Meter says..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423295 The stress-o-meter has been pegged lately. It’s pretty much the job, which isn’t difficult, but it’s a stressful environment. Mainly very cranky customers and continual threats of layoffs. So I took a 4 day weekend to de-stress. And it actually was really nice. I had every intention of cleaning out my garage during this long weekend, however, when I got out there I realized that it was going to take a lot more time and effort than I was willing to put into on my de-stressor weekend. So ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:44:33 EST Shopping Challenged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407708 It's true! I made a list and everything but boy did I mess up this weekend. I did my grocery shopping on Saturday, got up Sunday ready to have breakfast and make a few lunches for the week. Think again Michelle! I get my turkey sausage out to have some turkey sausage and eggs - I bought the hot kind. (insert sad trombone sounds here) I'm not a spicy eater so no sausage and eggs for me. I ended up having a tuna sandwich. For lunch, I'm ready to make my yummy turkey chili! I got the bea... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 17:22:40 EST The Quest Begins!.......again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392441 It’s time! I’ve had computer problems all day so I’m trying to knock this out before I go home…I want to restart my quest for health again. I got off track and gained back almost everything I had lost. So, as I stated in my last blog I want to lose 25lbs by the end of August. I weighed in Friday at 313 and this morning at 301.2. I wanted to get that first water weight (or whatever it is) loss out of the way and start with a more realistic place. My weight is really bouncing - I can do a ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:43:27 EST Group Hug Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387266 So I realized something that you would think should be fairly obvious to me…I am woefully out of shape! I got up sore the morning after a two mile walk (done at a chubby corgi’s pace) and thought…”This is just pathetic. Pa…the…tic. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1541255068.jpg"> <BR> Plus my knees are sore just on a daily basis, my feet hurt after a full day of sitting on my butt at work and I generally just feel awful about myself. All because of my weight. ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:43:09 EST Parade of Paws 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384737 Hi friends! I went to the Parade of Paws on Saturday and took lots of pictures for you! Parade of Paws is a 2 or 4 mile walk/ fund raiser for the humane society. While I don't always agree with their politics, I can't punish the dogs that need help for that. So Eliot and I headed off to do our part. There were all kinds of booths set up with pet related themes and products and a dj blaring loud music and making announcements. Also, since it was a fairly warm day (about 75 degrees) they ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:27:49 EST My first blog of 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302323 Bout time right?! I haven’t blogged since November so I thought now would be a good time to get caught up with all my spark peeps. I’m going to jump right in a start with the worst thing – the thing that I’ve been avoiding sharing – I’ve gained almost all my weight back. I just hate even typing that. In fact I’m extreeeemly annoyed that all the hard work I did is now gone. But I couldn’t seem to pull myself out of my funk. The “I vont to bee alone!” funk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:48:01 EST Who's on the Naughty List? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141588 I have 2 australian shepherds who are definitely on the naughty list. 2 days before Christmas pictures they decided to get in a big ol' fight. So Eliot was an only child this weekend! Here is a pic from our visit to Santa: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2046959876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Eliot was bouncing off the walls the entire time (Santa has a two handed grip on him for a reason!) but he was just so happy I couldn't really get mad at him. The photographer kin... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:45:40 EST Funky Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120500 So I did my Halloween 5k...sort of. I went with my friend Celeste and her rather plump corgi and Princess corgi got a little tired. Since the race literally went right past her house they decided to call it good there. Plus we took a little shortcut. We ended up walking about 2 miles. It was a fun race and I also got to visit with an aunt, an uncle and my mom. Here is a pic of me (feeling a little devilish!) with Eliot in his fancy jester collar, and Celeste with Princess poopybottom. ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:09:53 EST A Hot Mess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902832 Yes, that mess would be me. I seem to be floundering a bit. I'm hanging on without gaining, I've been hanging around the weight since the beginning of the year. But I can't seem to break out of hibernation mode. I didn't want to leave my house this weekend. I did - but probably only because it was my mom's b-day Friday, then on Saturday I ran out of dog food. I was supposed to go to a dog show - that I paid $60 to enter - and I didn't go to that either. Just blew it off. I'm not depre... Tue, 29 May 2012 13:42:19 EST Softball Mothers Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880877 Another weekend gone by and actually it was a pretty enjoyable one. Those of you who read my last blog may recall that I got 3 new books that I was waiting for.....I read them all! I can't help myself! Once I start a really good book I can't put it down! <BR> <BR> Besides reading til my eyes crossed, I had a very nice Sunday with my mom. We went to my niece's softball games. Mom never misses a game if she doesn't have to - so to the park I went! I have 4 nieces and 3 are relatively... Mon, 14 May 2012 12:43:48 EST Springtastic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870957 I come back to work today and read all my sparkfriends blogs ....and felt kind of like a slug! Everybody was out running and walking and doing fun spring things and meanwhile back at the ol' splashdog homestead....I was watching my 70 year old Dad and his friend mow my lawn. Yes, you heard me. <BR> Apparently my dad (who lives about a mile away from me) did not like it that I hadn't mowed my lawn yet this year and showed up on my doorstep Sunday morning with weedwhacker in hand to help hi... Mon, 7 May 2012 17:02:47 EST Dog show & New goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848145 Well, I had my first dog show of 2012...and we were big losers!! Yes, we didn't do so well in our class. Oh well! It's all about the fun right?! Eliot and I had a fun afternoon together. <BR> I spent quite a while on Friday grooming Eliot and getting prepared. I'm not even close to an expert Springer groomer just yet(and my springer has this crazy, curly wooly mammoth hair) but I thought he looked pretty darn good....then I got to the show....all the others just looked sooooo polished... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:59:34 EST Weigh in and Movie review! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816807 I had a nice quiet weekend. My dog class was cancelled due to a conflict with a dog show (which I also did not attend), so I had another quiet weekend at home. Oh - and I also missed the deadline to enter the first show of the year that I was actually planning on going to. GRRRRRR...RATS! I'm not sure exactly how I spaced that since I've been doing that show every year for the past 5. So now my first show will be April 21st. I can always add in a different show to replace the other one. ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:53:49 EST Back to the Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805654 Well, I'm back where I started. I want to be annoyed, however, considering these last couple of weeks I've toyed with getting close to 270 again I'm going to say....It's not exactly where I want to be but I'm determined to push through this rough patch. <BR> <BR> Start: 263.2 <BR> Week 8: 259.8 <BR> Week 9: 261.0 <BR> Week 11: 265.6 <BR> Week 12: 263.8 <BR> <BR> I skipped my dog class this weekend because I was feeling very anti-social. I know. Bad girl! But my weekends are my way to d... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:42:23 EST Times are a-Changin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795076 My weigh in report is going to be short and sweet....still struggling, still hanging in there.... <BR> <BR> Start: 263.2 <BR> Week 6: 261.6 <BR> Week 7: 261.8 <BR> Week 8: 259.8 <BR> Week 9: 261.0 <BR> Week 11: 265.6 <BR> <BR> So because it's my blog and I can...I'm going to move on to funner (aka...more fun, better, happier, things less likely to make me beat my head against my desk....) topics. Such as my dog class on Saturday! Who knew I was going to talk about dogs - raise your hand!... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:29:52 EST Time to Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771925 Another month with no progress. Hmmmph. And now it's March. I'm really trying drum up some motivation to get back on track. <BR> Start: 263.2 <BR> Week 5: 260.4 <BR> Week 6: 261.6 <BR> Week 7: 261.8 <BR> Week 8: 259.8 <BR> Week 9: 261.0 <BR> I really really hate going back over the 260 mark once I actually made it under. Very annoyed. <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> I really want March to be the month that I get back to it. I just have to tell myself that I WILL do it! It's spring! Time for n... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:04:33 EST Keep on keepin' on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759816 Another week gone by and I'm still hanging in there. I did manage to dip down a little and into the 250's, so I'm pleased about that. But unfortunately, even as I sit here being pleased, I have no confidence that I can stay below the dreaded 260. I know, I know, I'm trying to give myself a pep talk... but the yo-yoing lately has been a little frustrating. Or...I guess you could say irked? 6 weeks til my first dog show of the season and I wanted to lose 20 lbs! I haven't even lost 5 yet!... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:12:23 EST Purebred vs Rescue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751393 Sometimes when I'm not talking to good friends or people at dog shows and they ask what kind of dogs I have, I don't indicate in any way that my dogs are all purebred. And really why would I bring that up anyway unless asked? But there are a lot of people who frown on purebreds, thinking that I should have gotten a rescue. Don't get me wrong, I have had rescues in the past. I think getting a dog from a shelter is a wonderful thing (my best friend currently has two) and I've considered g... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:44:48 EST It's a Quiet Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4747843 Big sigh. I ate and ate and ate this week. I don't know how I managed to squeak out only a .2 lb gain. I seem to be having a bit of a motivation problem in the last few weeks. I feel like I'm hanging on by my fingertips. If I let go, my weight will shoot up and I will have lost all this nice progress - so I'm not letting go! I'm going to cling to that desire not to gain everything back until my motivation hits an upswing. <BR> Start: 263.2 <BR> Week 4: 262.4 <BR> Week 5: 260.4 <BR> Week... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:57:08 EST Could be Worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736788 Alright, I was going to whine about gaining a pound this week ...and then I got to work this morning and read a few of my spark friends blogs who were dealing with stuff way more important. So no whining for me today. <BR> <BR> Start: 263.2 <BR> Week 2: ? <BR> Week 3: 262.2 <BR> Week 4: 262.4 <BR> Week 5: 260.4 <BR> Week 6: 261.6 <BR> <BR> I had a nice quiet weekend. I did my payday errands on Friday, a lot of reading and a little bit of dog grooming. (Eliot still look... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 12:51:01 EST Allllmost under... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725222 I am officially more happy about this last week than I was the week before. And here's why: <BR> <BR> Start: 263.2 <BR> Week 2: ? <BR> Week 3: 262.2 <BR> Week 4: 262.4 <BR> Week 5: 260.4 Yay! <BR> <BR> Finally a smidge of progress! And almost under 260. <BR> <BR> I had a nice quiet weekend - no superbowl parties for me. I'm someone who actually likes to watch the game, and since I would feel rude not socializing and then telling people to hush so I can hear....I don't go to them! M... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:42:40 EST BL Challenge Wk 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712154 Naughty, Naughty! And not in a good way! 4 of 7 days last week I ate junk. Actually the 5th day wasn’t all that great either. The only reason my weigh in this week isn’t horrendous is because I buckled way down over the weekend to try and salvage my week. I can’t seem to get past the hump of 260. I’ve been wavering in this area for about a month now. I pretty much wasted the whole month of January and I’m a little annoyed with myself! <BR> Just to remind myself that all is not lost t... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:03:06 EST Winter Smack Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698933 A lot of us have gotten the smack down by the snow gods this last week. Being from the Inland Northwest I’m pretty much used to that by this point in my life. However….when the street department waits to do the plowing and then two days later plows my street and puts a 4 FOOT ice berm in front of my driveway….I get a teensy bit cranky!! So Sunday afternoon I go out with my pretty yellow snow shovel and can’t get even one shovel full it’s so icy. Ooooom….caaaallllmmm…..uh oh....that's not ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:30:42 EST Biggest Loser Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4674073 So I've decided on my new year's goal. I’m joining my Biggest Loser Team in the BL Challenge for season 13. We pick our own weight or other goals and then try to achieve them by the end of the season. Technically we’re not sure exactly when that is ….but we think May. I will report in to the team and also continue my weekly blog. I found that having to report my weekly weigh-in to the spark universe really helped with accountability, so I’m going to continue that. I have a little pre-BL... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:33:37 EST Missed it by THAT much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4654254 Happy New Year! I had a nice quiet 4 day weekend at home. Still in hibernation mode big-time, but A-okay anyway. I didn’t make my year end goal of losing 20 lbs by Dec 31st, however, I did lose 17 lbs so I’m still pretty happy about progressing. The going is slow but it’s going. <BR> <BR> Initial weigh in: 280.4 <BR> Year End: 263.0 <BR> <BR> Total for 2011: 47lbs <BR> <BR> I am pondering what to choose for my next challenge date and weight goal. I think I’m going to go for either m... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:34:45 EST One More Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640105 Where to start…where to start… Christmas day! Breakfast with Mom and youngest brother since we are all the single ones. IHOP! It was yummy and nice to catch up with my little bro (who had spent the previous day in Seattle at the Seahawks game! The bum!) Later in the day was dinner with the whole family. I have 2 brothers and a sister and 4 nieces. Young, loud nieces…sigh….but I try to be tolerant and not the cranky ol’ Auntie! Lol! We also watched Home Alone 1 and 2. Which I found to... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 12:44:44 EST Twas the Week before Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631384 The week before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a …..oh wait I do have mice. Yeah, don’t get me started on that one. Other than the pitter patter of tiny little mouse feet, all was quiet at my place this weekend. I had a rough week food wise and had actually gained two and half pounds before I was able to rein it in by Sunday. I still have 12 days to make goal. (260 by Dec.31st) <BR> In other news….I finished my Christmas shopping (except for a ... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:49:54 EST Hibernation is Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622648 Hibernation. I go through it every winter. Sometimes I fight it and make myself miserable, but not this year! This year I am embracing my inner Grizzly! If I want to stay home all weekend and sleep in – that’s what I do! If I’m not feeling particularly social – I don’t! No more making myself miserable. So this Grizzly got home on Friday and didn’t step foot outside of her house until this morning for work. I slept in both Sat and Sun, I read a lot, watched a little tv and ate smart. ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:47:35 EST Dvd Review and Weekly Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4613296 I did one of my new workout Dvd’s this weekend: "Cardio & Strength Interval Circuit Workout with Angie Gorr". So, I thought I’d give a short review for anyone interested. Here's a summary with Pro’s and Con’s, starting with the Con’s: <BR> <BR> Summary: It’s a weight/cardio circuit dvd broken into 3 twenty minute sections. <BR> <BR> Con’s: <BR> 1. Each 20 minute section has it’s own ab routine, but it’s in the middle of the workout. This was actually my biggest con about the video, yo... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 12:34:45 EST Nice Long Weekend & Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602612 I very much enjoyed my long weekend. Didn’t do too much, in fact, two of the four days I didn’t step foot outside the house. It was nice and relaxing though. I got to read to my hearts content and I was good with my food. Even on Thanksgiving with the fam. Not quite so great with the exercise…but I’m okay with that. I needed a nice slow weekend. No Friday holiday shopping for me! I don’t think I’ve ever gone shopping after Thanksgiving. Fighting through shopping crowds is one of my... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:45:46 EST Jingle Bell Run (with pics) and weekly weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593910 Here’s kind of an example of how things have been lately…..I’m driving along in my car, listening to sports talk radio, which is usually what I listen to in the car, when they start talking about a certain NFL quarterback. I have no special affinity for this player, he doesn’t play for my team, I like him, but I’m not a huge fan or anything like that. And the announcer starts to talk about him saying how he is such a good guy, a team player, works hard, doesn't listen to the naysayers and n... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 12:29:52 EST No Schlubbing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587335 I have a plan! Actually this is plan B. Last weekend I told myself I was going to go hiking. I got up, looked outside and saw the nasty weather and decided “hmmmm. Maybe not!” And then felt like a schlub because I sat around for the rest of the day. <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> So plan B is to have a backup for when I don’t feel like going out hiking or snowshoing. <BR> Today I ordered a Gymboss, which is a small timer device that times intervals for you, beeping or vibrating at the i... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:40:58 EST 8 Down - 6 to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4583632 So it’s week 8 and I’ve lost about 6 lbs towards my 20 lb goal by Dec 31st. About 6 weeks left to go. So it’s still doable, but I’m going to have to do a little better than I have so far. I’m a little disappointed in myself, but I still believe I can do it. <BR> <BR> Start: 280.4 <BR> week 1: 278.4 <BR> week 2: 278.6 <BR> week 3: 279.8 <BR> Week 4: 277.2 <BR> Week 5: 275.8 <BR> Week 6: 280.8 <BR> Week 7: 273.8 <BR> Week 8: 274.0 <BR> <BR> Zumba officially ended on Saturday. Th... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:33:18 EST Hop on board my crazy train!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572707 My weight the last couple of weeks has been crazy! Gained 5 last week out of the blue, this week it’s gone. Am I glad? Absolutely! Do I know what happened? Not even a little. <BR> <BR> Start: 280.4 <BR> week 1: 278.4 <BR> week 2: 278.6 <BR> week 3: 279.8 <BR> Week 4: 277.2 <BR> Week 5: 275.8 <BR> Week 6: 280.8 <BR> Week 7: 273.8 <BR> <BR> So I’m just going to pretend like week 6 was some weird dream and I just lost another couple of pounds after week 5. If it happens again mayb... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:32:45 EST You ever have one of those weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4561493 Okay, so I’m a little bummed, and a little confused. Actually, make that a lot. I was better with my food this week than I normally am and I gain 5 lbs?!! Really? 5?! 5?!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Start: 280.4 <BR> week 1: 278.4 <BR> week 2: 278.6 <BR> week 3: 279.8 <BR> Week 4: 277.2 <BR> Week 5: 275.8 <BR> Week 6: 280.8 <BR> <BR> So I don’t know. I do think I’m going through perimenopause because there have been some changes happening lately. But if that... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:32:18 EST First Zumba class! (and weigh in) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550706 So this was the first weekend of Zumba! I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about so I took a class through my local parks and rec department. It was definitely fun, but I sort of felt like an uncoordinated boob. And I’m actually not uncoordinated. But it didn’t look like most of the others in the class were all that great at it either, so I felt like I fit right in! <BR> <em>20</em> <em>334</em> <BR> The instructor was nice and very enthusiastic and I enjoyed most of the music... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:05:04 EST Crash, Boom....huh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4539634 So Friday I was innocently walking over to the mall to get a subway sandwich for lunch when I tripped and fell directly onto my left knee. As I sat there and kind of rocked, I thought I really had broken it. After a minute, my co-worker that was walking with me says, “What can I do? I don’t know what to do?” So I pulled my act together and asked her to help me up and limped my way on over to subway. I was so bummed, because I knew that I would not be working out that weekend. Weekends... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:42:30 EST Weigh in and hike pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528368 So I'm going to start with the bad and move on to the good so I can end on a positive note. The weigh in: <BR> <BR> Start: 280.4 <BR> week 1: 278.4 <BR> week 2: 278.6 <BR> week 3: 279.8 <BR> <BR> Yep, unfortunately the weigh in is the bad part. Brought on by not eating the right things and then eating too much. Once I pass a 0 (300, 290, 280) I never want to see them again. So I really need to get myself back on track. Luckily, not everything has gone to pot. The good news is the ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:59:51 EST Week 2 Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516822 Well, it's week 2 of my end of year push for 20 lbs....and ya know how in Biggest loser sometimes they have a rough 2nd week?.....boy did I had a rough second week. Of course, this one was all my doing. I ate like I had a hollow leg! I couldn't stop! I was like a cat on the prowl, looking in cupboards, staring in the fridge. It was kinda pathetic. The only thing that I can say in my defense is that TOM is visiting....stupid TOM.....but no excuses. I still have a few more years of his v... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 11:35:41 EST A Successful start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4504615 Okay technically I've been at this for a while....but last week I set some new goals for the end of the year and had a good first week! I did have a couple of slipups in the paleo department but then, I'm not expecting perfection. It would sure leave me disappointed if I did! <BR> I had a nice long hike on Saturday. A friend and I took our dogs up to Bear Lake for probably their last swim of the year and then we decided to go find a nearby geocache. I thought it would be a modest .5 -... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:02:58 EST 3 goals - Here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4493357 I’ve taken my cue from Pinkbeanboo and decided to challenge myself to hit some goals by the end of the year. Thank you PBB for being my motivator! <BR> <em>304</em> <em>312</em> (this is Pinkbeanboo - a running maniac!! Go girl!) <BR> So the first goal is to lose 20lbs by Dec 31st. I will do a weekly weigh in and hope that having to report to you all will help motivate me. Because after losing 30, I’ve been kind of stuck for quite a while. It’s hard for me to be motivated with just... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:14:37 EST Take a walk with me in pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486494 I've decided to take you with me on my afternoon walk....I work in downtown Spokane in a building that is right next to Riverfront park. So on some days I take a walk through the park for my half hour lunch break. So today come with me! <BR> Out the front door and we see the Bloomsday runners. Bloomsday is one of the biggest roadraces in the country. It's 7.5 miles and used to end right here where the statues are. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l460569734.jpg"> <... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:45:30 EST Pics from the Portland trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454471 I don't have the ability to load pics directly onto my computer. Which means I have to take the memory card to the store and use one of those machines to make a disc and then bring it to work. That's my excuse for not having my July trip pics til now. So here we go...I was driving from Spokane to Portland OR, which is just under a 6 hour drive for a really big dog show. The first part is boring but once you get past the Pasco/Kennewick area it starts to get really pretty. You spend the al... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:43:53 EST Upside Down(side) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4428151 What a weekend! I’m going to start with Sunday because it was the worst day of the weekend. That way I can end my blog on a good note instead of what Sunday was – oy. What can you say about a dog fight. I have two Australian shepherds that occasionally do not like each other and get into a knock down-drag out fight. Nothing I’ve tried breaks them up so I wade in, grab each by the collar and literally try and pull them apart. (this usually takes a few minutes) By the time I’m done there’... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:58:58 EST The Trip, the Goal, & the List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4372968 One of the items on my list of long term goals, is to be able to run around the show ring with Eliot (my springer spaniel). I guess I should say something like “run better and/or faster”, because I currently do run around with him….but I don’t think I run fast enough and it feels like a struggle when I do it. Plus I have guilt that I hold up the people behind me. <BR> So it was my goal to lose 50 lbs by my Portland trip this weekend. This trip is the Springer Spaniel specialty show, wher... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:52:57 EST Exercise & Shawshank http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355974 So on the recommendation of my boss, who also lent me the movie, I watched Shawshank Redemption last weekend....wow, depressing much?! He said it was his all time favorite movie and I remember it was a big deal when it first came out. Guess I'm not really a big fan of that genre. I like the ending...yep, that's pretty much it. <BR> On the subject of exercise, I walked the stairs twice at lunch time . Its a 7 floor building and the first time I made it to the 4th floor before I had t... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:49:16 EST Bear Lake & Dog walk pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342443 It was a fun and busy 4th which included niece’s softball games and a trip to Bear Lake with Eliot and friends. And I finally got pictures developed not only from the lake but the dog walk I did a couple weeks ago. So here we go…. <BR> <BR> First the dog walk. It was a 2 mile walk to benefit a local animal shelter. There were booths and lots of dogs. I'd say probably 300-400 people altogether. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947613782.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My wa... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:10:22 EST