SQUIRRELMOMMA1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SQUIRRELMOMMA1 SQUIRRELMOMMA1'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/ Off to Chicago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900155 Today was only a half day at school. We started our spring break today and don't return until April 6. I almost started skipping down the hall as I was leaving I was so excited. Oldest DD and I are going to Chicago tomorrow for the day by train. I love traveling on the train and I love going to Chicago too. I haven't been in a long time so it will be nice to go back even just for one day. I want to see the Aquarium again and walk along Navy Pier. DD wants to do a little shopping for wo... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:19:06 EST Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898906 Yesterday I visited a podiatrist for the first time ever. I have been having problems with my first 2 toes on my right foot. Actually thought I had some sort of fungus but it turns out I don't (whew). What I have is 2 toes who have been abused by my constant walking. He filed off most of one toenail and cut off a section of my big toenail. Yes it bled. But it did feel much better afterward just like he said it would. It does hurt a bit today because I walked home (of course). I will b... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:22:40 EST Good, quick week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896866 This was a quick week. Time just flew by and now it is the weekend. DD and I are going to the movies today with a couple of free passes that my friend R gave me last time she was down for a visit. We also have to go to a toy store and look around for a paper DD has to write for one of her college classes. We meant to look around at the toy department at Meijer yesterday but I just wanted to go in and get my stuff and head home. Toys depress me now, they just don't look fun anymore. Doll... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:00:49 EST Car Troubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894203 Had to take my car in to get a tire fixed. What a fiasco and I will never go back to that particular repair shop again. Because of the lateness of the repair I ended up taking the whole day off work. The day got up to 71 degrees today. Just lovely. Got to take a long walk with one of my sisters at the park. She is the one who told me about FitBit over a year ago. We competed with each other last year and now it is like she has given up. I know she still wears her FitBit because she pu... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:36:44 EST Nice Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893007 Busy day today. DD and I went to an annual event called "Woman's Expo". We have never gone before and DD wanted to see what it was like. I'm not sure why it is such a huge draw. Most of the booths we weren't interested in but we did look at them. There was only 1 booth that anything to do with exercise or being active. But lots of info on makeup, purses, etc. <BR> <BR> After the Women's Expo we went downtown to a Celtic Fest to listen to harp and penny whistle. A bagpiper was suppose ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:37:14 EST Finding Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891196 Michigan has a 10 cent per bottle deposit on all carbonated drinks. I'm not too proud to pick up an empty I see on the side of the road. All this week, as the snow has been melting, I have noticed lots of empty cans as I walk home. Today I actually shoved a plastic bag into my pocket before I left for school and as I'm walking home I start picking them up. Only the ones near the road and out of the snow already. I got 29 cans and 1 lone bottle into my bag and it would hold no more. That... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:19:31 EST My Favorite Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890639 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l37227618.jpg"> <BR> This is my favorite lunch. Three kinds of beans, lots of misc veggies all laying on top of half bag of mixed greens. Every day I think about this waiting for me when I get home after my walk. There are days when I will fix an elaborate dinner for my family and then warm up a container of my bean mixture cause that is all I want. Am I weird? Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:21:26 EST Too Hot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890016 Walked home from school today. 21,498 steps by the time I got inside my home. I had worn my winter coat since it was only in the low 30's when I left in the morning. It was 45 while I was walking but I would rather wear a coat than have to carry it. I was miserable the final mile, mile and a half. By the time I got inside I couldn't get that coat off fast enough. Then I had to take off my top (fleece) since it was coated in sweat. Oh my goodness. I chugged my water - the whole bottle ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 17:42:47 EST The End of a Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888856 My streak of 616 days of logging in to Spark came to a stop yesterday. Yesterday I was tired. Bone tired. I overslept in the morning and did not have a chance to exercise before having to head off to work. Then by the time I got home after work, recycling, library and getting groceries I was too pooped to care. DH and I went out for veggie wraps for dinner and came back home. I tried to do a little reading but my eyes kept slamming close so I just gave up. There was a brief time when ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:14:38 EST Spring Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887670 For the last couple of days I have gotten up earlier than usual. My usual is 5AM so I can get in some exercise before heading off to work. But for some strange reason this week I've been waking up at 4 or 4:15. The first two days I was dragging by mid afternoon but today I still feel pretty darn perky. For some reason my body is getting ready for the spring-forward time change a week early. It has been nice and my step count is wonderful because of it. I'm going to keep doing what I can... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:14:22 EST Oh No! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885751 I have been very bad lately. Most of February I was not tracking my food intake and today I got on the scale and YIKES! I'm actually up 7 pounds from the start of 2015 and I'm not happy about it. It took a lot of hard work to get those pounds off before and now I'll have to do it again. I do not want to be losing and regaining. I got rid of my really big clothes for a reason - I never want to be that big again. And I'm still no where near goal so adding 7 pounds back on is awful. I ne... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:24:54 EST Catching Up - Broken Sprinkler, New Phones, and Vermont! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878662 Another day off of school due to weather. Wind chill this time - 20 below is the magic number to get school called off. Personally it doesn't seem that bad to me but I can tolerate cooler weather. Don't really notice wind chill unless it is truly windy (it isn't) but I know kids don't wear coats anymore. I'm not sure when that trend started but it seems so silly to me since we live in Michigan and it gets plenty cold here. I wear a coat. I own quite a few actually depending on what I'm ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:55:26 EST Back Pain, Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874650 The pain has not eased up and yesterday I ended up going to the doctors. My back is killing me and I'm all hunched over. They want to weigh me (okay, but I'm not taking off my shoes), take my BP (here sit on the edge of this chair so I can take it from the arm that is furthest away from the wall-mounted cuff). My BP is high (192) and the Nurse Practioner starts to yell at me. Yes, yell at me! You need to take your readings every day! You should have your own cuff at home! I'm going to ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:06:24 EST iPod Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873106 Less than an hour into my walk home yesterday my iPod quit working. Seems I should have plugged it in, and I actually thought about it before leaving for work but didn't. Anyway, as I was walking along it beeped at me and stopped working. My old Shuffle would do that sometimes and I would just turn it off, wait a bit and turn it back on and it would work. But not this time. DH got me a new iPod nano for Christmas and it was having none of it. It just needed more juice and I was a long w... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:01:37 EST Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869640 This past weekend I somehow managed to hurt my back. I think it is just a pinched nerve or something. DH has been rubbing me down with Ben-Gay in the evening which has helped. So has sleeping on a heating pad for the past 2 nights. By the time I get to leave school for the day I am starting to feel the pain again so my walking has been off so far this month. Falling behind already on my step counts, but I really can't tolerate back pain. I can work through most pain (and I have!) but ba... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:53:42 EST Walking Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864628 Worked the whole day today. Three times a year our school does something called the Star Reading test and I administer it for the whole middle school. It takes a lot of time and paper pushing to make sure every kid gets it done. Some more than once if their score drops significantly from the previous test. I don't mind it though. It takes me away from the usual day and gives me an opportunity for extra pay. Usually takes a week to do all three grade levels. <BR> <BR> But I still walke... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:15:17 EST Depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862928 I had some difficulty being motivated this past weekend. I seem to get in a funk occasionally and just don't feel it, so I don't. I know it puts me behind and I have no one to blame but myself but how do so many people on Spark stay so upbeat every single day? <BR> <BR> I walk like a fiend. I watch what I eat. I've been faithful to ETL for months now. But my weight does not budge. At all. I've been stuck at 201 consistantly for months. Am I depressed over it - yes. Will I give up -... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:48:39 EST 30 Degrees and Loving It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860358 It is 30 degrees today. Just cool enough that you can see your own breath but yet warm enough that my heavy gloves were too much. I switched them out for the lightweight pair that live in my cavernous pockets but after a bit even those had to come off. I was in the zone today on my walk home and loving every second. I love, LOVE! when the temp is just slightly cool as it is today. This is the temperature when it feels wonderful to be alive. When I come around the last bend and there sta... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:49:13 EST Another Snow Day and I Used It Wisely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859661 Snow day again today. Quite a surprise actually since it is exam week in the high school and RARELY do they call school during exam week. A 2-hour delay I could see but the whole day, a real head scratcher. <BR> <BR> My initial plan was to workout a bit and then bury myself in a book. I've got quite a few waiting for me that I downloaded with some Christmas money. But instead I felt like cooking after my workout. Doesn't happen often, but I usually take full advantage when it does. Lot... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:18:44 EST Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858587 I took a couple of days off last week to rest my heel. I felt guilty both days but I have to admit that my foot felt fantastic yesterday. So DH and I went on a trek, a long trek. By the time we had finished I needed to rest. Heck, partway thru I asked if we could just stand for a minute so I could catch my breath. <BR> <BR> This morning it does twinge a bit. I have to walk home from school though so I will have to tough it out. DD has class today so she has my car. This will be my l... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:48:39 EST BBC Shows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854939 I have discovered a couple of BBC murder mystery shows. "DCI Banks" and "Case Histories." Our library owns Season 1 of DCI Banks but not the next 2 seasons. They also own both seasons of Case Histories. I watched the first season of DCI Banks a couple of weeks ago and really liked it. Haven't seen Stephen Tomkinson since his days on Ballykissangel years ago. He is still brooding but makes a nice chief detective. Very believable part and I will probably get the next season from interlib... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:45:34 EST Canned Soup is Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849684 I made a resolution to track my food again in hopes of seeing why I have been stuck on this plateau for so long. It has been an eye opener already. <BR> <BR> By the time I get home in the afternoon I am very, very hungry. I haven't eaten anything since 6AM and I usually don't get home until 2PM or later depending on how long it takes to walk. Lately I have been eating canned soup. It is quick and filling. But every day my sodium count is out of this world. Well duh. Canned soup is ful... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 17:53:56 EST New Year, New Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843092 I've been thinking about my new year resolutions for over a week now and this is what I've come up with. <BR> <BR> In 2015 I am going to - <BR> <BR> 1) Walk an average of 15,000 steps per day. <BR> I have been trying to increase the amount I walk each month. My greatest achievement was 600,000 in December, but I really had to push myself every single day to make that goal. It was hard since it did not allow any rest days. I had a foot injury and I still had to walk or make up the lost... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:32:18 EST I Made It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842559 601,902 was my total for December. <BR> <BR> O-M-G I actually made it. Even on the last day I was still doubting myself. I just wanted to sit and relax but I needed those last 12,000 steps to make goal. So I pulled up my big girl panties and hit the mini-tramp. I have discovered that I don't have to watch a movie to keep going, I can listen to a book too, I just need something to occupy my brain while I'm stepping along. I finished Jan Karon's "Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good" a Mit... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:27:55 EST Long Cold Day Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841527 Brrrr. Today was incredibly cold due to the wind. I think I've written how much I dislike wind when I walk. A breeze on a warm day - very nice. But wind changes everything. Today was only 20 degrees. Tolerable normally but on a windy day it is not. I could only walk one lap, less than 2 miles before getting back in my car and leaving the park. I was the only person to even attempt today. I should have tried for two because it meant that I would have to walk even longer on my mini-tra... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:50:15 EST It Is Doable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840073 I belong to the 10,000 Steps group here on SP. I am not, by far, one of the leading walkers. But I sure do give it my all each month. My biggest total steps for a month was 516,567 last March. 31 days it took and looking back over my spreadsheet there are a lot of under 10,000 step days. For December I officially said I would walk 480,000 steps but really my goal has always been 600,000 steps. Pretty lofty goal. But I've been getting up early every day and walking for a half hour befor... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:55:57 EST Foot Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839546 I have rested my foot for 3 days now. It feels much better and I am planning on a short walk tomorrow morning. Did some stepping on my mini-tramp today and it was fine. Even putting on the shoes didn't hurt as much as before so it must be healing. I will still take it easy as I don't want a repeat of the pain I was experiencing. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 21:11:13 EST All Dogs Should Be on Leashes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838515 Tuesday I took my friend R's elderly parents dog, Casey, for a walk in town. He is getting much better behaving on a leash. Sticks to my side and only occasionally barks at other dogs. But Wednesday, what a day. We are doing the big loop, I'm listening to a book when across the road (a busy road) comes a little dog. Fortunately for him his owner managed to grab him before it got hit. Didn't grab the other dog that was also loose and it was on it's way across instead. But no, two houses... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:18:03 EST Smaller Jeans - Almost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837002 My daughters and I drove to Ann Arbor today for our annual dental appointments. While we were there I wanted to stop by Briarwood Mall to poke around. It was a slow day (except at Williams & Sonoma - yikes!). I bought some new under eye cream which really seems to mask my huge under eye bags (finally one that works!). I also tried on a size 14 jean since my 16's are a bit loose now. Got them on but couldn't zip them. But I know I am headed in that direction and it makes me feel good. I... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:23:18 EST And we did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836374 21,414 steps is twice around. 2-1/2 hours of constant walking (well except the two times I needed to stop to use a restroom). The last mile was the worst. We were both tired and dragging but we made it. I took a hot shower as soon as we got home which helped energize me. Not enough to go out walking again but it sure made me feel better. Had a nice lunch and now I'm doing my Spark thing and sitting in a chair. It is amazing how good it feels to sit after such a long walk <em>224</em>... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:03:46 EST I Am Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836017 Today DH and I walked the new longer trail today. I have walked it twice before on my own and I like it. One lap is 12,000 steps for me and very interesting. Tomorrow he wants to attempt doing it twice. Twice! I am not sure how it will go. It was cold and slick today from the freeze last night. Tomorrow promises to be warmer but I want to start earlier in the day because it will take a very long time. I am ready to try this. I am ready! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:50:11 EST Walking to Clear My Head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833522 The county added a new wide trail in the park where I walk. 12 feet wide and set like a sidewalk thru people's front yards. But it is a marvel. Now we can go further. One lap on the new expanded trail is like 1-1/2 laps on the old one. Fabulous. DH and I walked two of the longer laps Sunday. Now that is a workout! DH kept up and only had trouble with his foot near the end. We love it. Lots of people walking and enjoying. Took most of the summer but well worth the wait. Wonder what... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:44:56 EST Date Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832562 Great weekend so far. Last evening I needed 6,000 steps to reach my daily goal. It was 7 at night, dark out, but DH suggested we go to the park and do a couple laps. Yep in the dark. We took along a couple of flashlights for safety. <BR> <BR> It was wonderful. No wind. The flashlights provided just enough light. Only one other walker. We parked at the nearby Wendy's (lighted parking lot) and put in 2 laps. It was really fun and he has promised to do it again next Friday too. Kind o... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:19:24 EST I Love Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829839 5,568,551 <BR> <BR> I keep a spreadsheet of my daily steps which I update weekly. Mostly I did it just to make sure I was getting in 'enough' steps to make my monthly goal. I have average step count, a monthly total, how many steps until I reach my goal, my average needed to reach goal, stuff like that. I could see my rest days at a glance because they were always under 10,000. Last winter, when I walked home every day from school but drove on Fridays I can see those Fridays instantly. ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:32:26 EST Wednesday stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827148 Today's movie was The Full Monty. What can I say about this movie? It is one of my favorites and I watch it at least once a year. I absolutely LOVE the music in this movie. I have the soundtrack loaded on my iPod. My daughters make fun of me when I play it in the car (they also do when I play some old Prince music). It makes me feel young and happy. What's not to love. <BR> <BR> I'm really getting into the morning workout. Today I had to fill in for the building secretary for the mor... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 20:01:00 EST War Horse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826545 Today's movie was "War Horse". I really liked this movie. Kind of a 'boy and his dog' type of movie only it was a boy and his horse and how he kept searching, and even went to fight in a war, in search of his horse (who had been sold to the army by his father). There were some incredible scenes during the movie that really moved me. The boy riding his horse so fast that they passed a car. The horse, literally running for it's life on the front line during WWI and getting tangled up in so... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:57:26 EST 7 Day Streak (and counting) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825693 Completed one full week of rising early to exercise. I have to admit that it has been wonderful. I don't even mind getting up early to get in those steps. I am raring to go by the time I get done. Showering and eating breakfast take no time and I am relaxed by the time I leave for work. I arrive and I already have 4,000 steps on my FitBit which makes me very happy. Shooting for 15,000 each day and I'm well on my way there before 8AM! <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving 4-day weekend went well. Had... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:48:51 EST Day 3 Was a Wonderful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823474 Day 3. I am loving getting up early and exercising. It puts me in such a good mood and I am happy (happy!) when I get to work. Today was only a half day for students. Which means only 2 hours for me. 2 hours! I was especially excited. I got off before 10AM. Woo-hoo! Went home, changed my shoes, and went over to pick up the dog. We had a wonderful walk in the park. We were the only ones there at the time. A slight snow but the weather was delightful. I could have walked all day. <... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:56:14 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822956 Today I was suffering from a migraine. Haven't had one of those in years and it put me down. Down for the count. Took a nap and then felt better. But I missed my opportunity to walk the dog so I headed downstairs to get some steps in on my mini tramp. <BR> <BR> Today's movie was "Sparkling Cyanide" with Colin Firth's little brother Jonathan Firth. I actually thought he was the young man who played James Nesbitt's son Nick Monroe in the short-lived series "Monroe," which I dearly loved. ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:57:43 EST Start of a New Streak. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822408 After having such an awful week last week I have decided that I need to up my game. Starting this morning I got out of bed a half hour early to do some walking on my mini-tramp in the basement. 30 minutes walking in my pj's and I started my day with almost 4,000 steps before breakfast. That's what I'm talking about! Told DH to wake me tomorrow too. I'd like to make it a new habit. I have found that I get in more steps and feel better if I do two walks per day. On the weekend DH and I w... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:00:42 EST National Fish Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821641 Yesterday DD asked why we don't have a holiday centered around eating fish. Good question. We have turkey on Thanksgiving, duck/goose on Christmas, ham on Easter. Why don't we have some kind of holiday with fish? I bet the first settlers/explorers to arrive here ate fish. Probably ate lots of fish until they realized what other meat sources there were available (deer, elk, etc). So she and I talked about it a bit and I told her to pick a day and we would name it something and that would... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:04:42 EST Tough Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821257 This week has been tough for me. I don't recall being so depressed over winter before and not wanting to do anything. But all this week I have struggled with walking and wanting to exercise at all. <BR> <BR> Today it finally got above freezing. It was wonderful. 44 outside and I went for 2 wonderful walks and really got to clear my head. That is exactly what I needed to do. I feel so much better and I'm already looking forward to tomorrow's walk(s). Now I just need to maintain that fe... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:19:28 EST Ugh, Winter Came Early This Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819697 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228934617.jpg"> <BR> View out my back window. <BR> <BR> I've had some trouble getting in my steps the last couple of days. The bitter cold (it's only mid-November for goodness sake!), the blowing wind, the snow. Excuses, excuses. But it is dragging me down. I don't want to do anything but sit in a recliner and nap. I'm doing a FitBit Weekly Challenge and I'm failing miserably. Usually I go into these challenges great-guns. But this ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:23:33 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817804 So far no movement on our house. It's a little disheartening but DH doesn't want to move in the winter so I guess it's ok. We recently replaced the front storm door to something nicer. And now we are discussing updating the master bath. New counter, double bowls, wall scones, a little tile. I think it will look very nice. It is long overdue. Doesn't mean we still won't be selling, no we definately will be. But it may make it more desirable (those double bowls) to the next owner. <BR> ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:45:37 EST Movie Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815762 Got my stitches out today (finally). My arms feel much better. The scars look impressive (red) but should heal up pretty quickly. I feel good. <BR> <BR> Had quite a bit of time to kill after my visit to the Doctors office and before meeting R for a movie (Intersteller). Called older DD and she met me at the park and walked 3 laps with me. I think that is the longest she has ever walked with me. I feel so much better since I didn't get in my 10,000 steps yesterday. I always feel kinda ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:49:56 EST Thank Goodness for Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814468 This past weekend I managed to walk over 25,000 steps both days. It felt really awesome to do this and I think this is something I would like to strive for each weekend for the rest of 2014. I know I can do it! <BR> <BR> This morning was a little difficult for me. It is a Monday so I kinda know why but I was expecting to feel so blah after such a successful fitness weekend. But the kids were really bugging me today (I had a couple of argumentative kids and I really dislike that). When I... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:40:45 EST Ahhhh, Nothing Like a Walk (or Two) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813237 Twice I went walking today. And twice I got caught in the rain. Didn't melt (much LOL) either time and actually enjoyed both my walks. Got almost 25,000 steps in because of it and I feel FABULOUS! There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like a walk outside. It really calms me and keeps me focused. <BR> <BR> Older DD has been having trouble with panic attacks for the past few months. Not sure what brought them on but I have suggested, on numerous occasions, that she needs to exercise a bi... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:09:01 EST How Gloom Became Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812154 It was another gloomy day today, but today I decided to conquer my aversion to walking in the rain. It was more of a misty drizzle and actually pretty nice to walk in. I was the only person over at the park but that was nice too. I finished my audiobook (Hamish Macbeth and The Death of a Macho Man). All-in-all a really wonderful walk. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:11:50 EST Random Thoughts on a Gloomy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810809 It is a gloomy day. DH hasn't set up my mini-tramp yet for winter and I've only gotten in 6,700 steps so far today. One of my FitBit buddies asked me to join him to a week-long challenge and I accepted. You would think it would really motivate a person no matter what but walking in the rain is one of my least favorite things to do. Wind, snow, heat; those are okay but rain. Ugh. You get wet and drippy. The leaves are wet and slippery. Just not a good time. But I will attempt to get i... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:34:24 EST Rested http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808344 Because I've been doing extra steps all month to meet my new, higher goal I discovered on Wednesday that I only needed to do 4,000 steps for the last 3 days to get there. And since I have been getting a little burned out I decided to just take a break. So I did not go on any walks except what I accomplished during my normal day. I haven't taken a day off in 491 days (my current log-in streak). I was going to walk today but it was pouring rain this morning, then turned to blowing snow. An... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:38:01 EST