SWEDE_SU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEDE%5FSU SWEDE_SU'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/ blogstreak month 2 day 27 - visiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207739 after hosting guests most of the past two weeks, we finally got to be guests this afternoon. an annual event that we host one year and friends the next, and it was their turn. fun to catch up on the past year, and after a lovely salad lunch we always go for a walk, and this year was no exception. the totals: <BR> <BR> 12,825 steps <BR> 59 floors <BR> 5.25 miles <BR> <BR> from the walk: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48df559c-afed-4487-b351-20a00cfb6e96.jpg"> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:30:58 EST blogstreak month 2 day 26 - photo safari http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207159 took the day off today - it was cooler, but not rainy. windy. some sun. there is an island north of here that i have been wanting to explore for some time. it has a well-marked trail circumnavigating the island and we walked it all the way, leaving our car on the mainland and walking on to the ferry. total for the day <BR> 9 miles <BR> 22,200 steps <BR> 100 floors <BR> <BR> i'm tired! <BR> <BR> here are some of the photos: <BR> the ferry that runs on a wire pulley between the mainland and ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:49:54 EST blogstreak month 2 day 25 - 5 mile run and fjord dip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206552 so the heat wave lasted one more day. we got out for an early morning run - still moving at tortoise speed (ok, the tortoise would probably beat me), but i finished five miles and went down to the fjord for a refreshing dip - the temperature warms up nicely in warm weather, probably about 74 F, not quite as warm as molokai last winter but at least no screams of "it's cold!" <BR> <BR> no problem reaching the step goal for the day, but still taking it easy with my back and have skipped strengt... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:55:04 EST blogstreak month 2 day 24 - empty house again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205944 after a lovely 5 mile walk this morning, followed by a hasty lunch, i drove our guests to the station in town. returned home to enjoy what may be the last hot day of summer - maybe we will get another round of good weather, maybe not. but it looks like the cold and rain is coming back this way. with the morning walk and a few walks down to the beach and back (plus one sunset walk after watching two episodes of outlander on netflix), the tally for the day was <BR> 18,000 steps <BR> 7 miles <BR... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:28:18 EST blogstreak month 2 day 23 - more company http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205480 writing this under the wire to keep the streak going. it's almost midnight. those sleep gods are laughing away at me - after the 10 hours of sleep. last night i could not fall asleep at all. must have been up until about 5 a.m. - though i did get to see a good sunrise: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13f6fc3b-2ea4-4a97-92d0-f938d0dee52c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> i suppose it averaged out, though, because i wasn't overly tired today. a morning swim, then we split up - most went to... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:57:50 EST blogstreak month 2 day 22 - blink, it's friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204961 the weeks fly by. the sleep gods were kind last night - this time i managed 10 hours. probably a record in recent years. and it was a beautiful warm summer day. we started the day with a swim in the fjord, then took a long and leisurely walk - picked the first bouquet of flowers for the summer, on one of the first real summer days: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cab0966-793f-4041-b709-494982ad2ea1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> more company for the weekend, so planning, shopping, pi... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:55:46 EST blogstreak month 2 day 21 - in the moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204429 so the sleep gods had a good laugh yesterday. after 9 hours of sleep, last night i just could not fall asleep. at. all. made the mistake of checking email right before bed, and there was a message that i knew would upset DH. and it did, when i eventually told him about it. but for last night, i didn't want to deal with that with him, so i had to deal with it alone. <BR> <BR> morning eventually came, and i probably had 5 hours sleep. not much, but enough. and no back spasms. so i decided to ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:27:00 EST blogstreak month 2 day 20 - still on the injured list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203896 but getting better. after a spasm hit early this morning, my back loosened up with the day. still not bending over (and did i ever get out of a clean-up job in the house today after DH finished building some ikea furniture!), but walking more easily. we went for a 3 mile walk this a.m. and i managed to get 60 active minutes (0 for yesterday), so definitely improving. managed to hit 10,000 steps for the day. and the other news is that i slept about 9 hours - wonder of wonders. the only "proble... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:45:35 EST blogstreak month 2 day 19 - rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203289 well, sort of. my back said no way when i tried to pick my glasses up from next to the bed this morning, which set the tone of the day. although it was rather nice ordering DH around and saying could you carry this, could you dig into the cabinet and get that and gee i'm so sorry but i can't help you move that furniture today... <BR> <BR> needless to say, i did not get much in the way of steps or exercise today. we did go shopping, and we had company for dinner (we have a lot of company in t... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:20:24 EST blogstreak month 2 day 18 - running again, but slowly.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202697 i've been injury free so long it came as quite a shock - yesterday i managed to do something to my back, and today i just went and made it worse. i picked up a printer and moved it from one table to another, and something just went youch! i managed to go on yesterday's hikes ok, with a bit of a push and a pull from DH here and there, but today i was going to do the morning strength training video. i knew that weights were out of the question, but one bend and twist was all it took to realize ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:11:49 EST blogstreak month 2 day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202068 a lazy morning - slept until after 8, which never ever ever happens... company was up before i was. they left soon after breakfast, and we took it easy until afternoon when we decided it was time for an adventure. we drove to a lovely beech forest and followed the trails to what may be the highest point on the island, we could see far far way in all directions. <BR> <BR> a couple of photos: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96fb8d21-37d8-4159-bb98-0acd447c491f.jpg"> <BR> ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:04:51 EST blogstreak month 2 day 15 - company is here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201563 which means it is harder to get in exercise, especially when they are sloooooooooow walkers. and when the weather is not particularly cooperative either. nevertheless, it is fun to have company - and we had a fun adventure. we took the morning walk in one of the little fishing villages, where we saw... a dolphin! in my 44 years here on the coast i have never seen a dolphin before, but this year there are so many herring that the makrill are chasing the herring and so many makrill that the dol... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:16:35 EST blogstreak month 2 day 15 - company is coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201042 so today marks the start of company season. and the sun finally came out. the good news - i tried using the washing machine for the first time since we arrived, and it did not flood! yay! it even washed the clothes. so that got done. and the sun even came out so i could hang at least one load outdoors. i know, i finally have a dryer after all these years, but you cannot beat the smell of freshly dried laundry, hung outside. <BR> <BR> meanwhile, we have a house full of good friends, and it i... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:17:17 EST blogstreak month 2 day 14 - spontaneity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200513 a strange day today. i set the alarm despite everything; two deadly lions to send off early in the morning and i just wanted them gone. did not do the morning walk strong video; was really feeling tired, and went back to bed instead. but once the work was sent off, i was actually free for the day. it was still cloudy, still drizzly, though sun was (finally) predicted for later in the day. and we have been hanging around the house for days, so we decided to start the morning walk on an island ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:11:05 EST blogstreak month 2 day 13 - running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199901 lots of sleep last night - all the way until 5:45 this morning. that's almost a normal time to wake up! did today's video for the walk strong program, it was called "poise and grace" - lots of balance, lots of weights. a real challenge, especially because i still haven't gotten around to getting some lighter 3 lb weights and am only using the 5s which are a bit much for some of the exercises, at least for now. worked up a real sweat. not long after switched gears and went for the morning run ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:24:02 EST blogstreak month 2 day 12 - the power of a partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199355 it was another one of those days - no rain, but a lot of clouds, and cold. not really summer. not really inspiring. there was work to be done too. and, miracle of miracles, i slept until 5 a.m., which meant that i didn't get my work done during the night, but had to spend daytime hours on work. <BR> <BR> so how do i reach the goals for the day? it was the rest day for the 6 week video program i'm working on, so that was easy enough. we went for a short walk this morning, just three miles. f... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:31:29 EST blogstreak month 2 day 11 - doing it better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198714 sometimes you just have to do things the wrong way to remember why there are all these "rules." anyway, with breakfast on board, it was definitely back to usual today. meanwhile, it does not feel much like summer - high 50s to low 60s and lots of rain. we managed to go for a 4.5 mile walk this morning, and it only started pouring on us the last half mile home. warm enough so it didn't bother us. wet enough to spend the rest of the day indoors. <BR> <BR> finished off the first week of the 6 w... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:56:16 EST blogstreak month 2 day 10 - doing it all wrong... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198140 so we've all read about how it is important to eat breakfast. and indeed, i usually do have breakfast. but today, i wasn't feeling hungry (and i knew my weight was up a bit), so i thought why not, i'll just skip breakfast. and it didn't bother me at all. i had eaten plenty yesterday, it seemed. and i went for the morning run, and it was a good one. came back with plenty of energy and a runner's high after four miles, and a nice time for a walk/run - 12:35 per mile. we had breakfast/lunch/brun... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 14:26:59 EST blogstreak month 2 day 9 - wild mushrooms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197621 and so it is saturday. we postponed the morning walk and went grocery shopping - needed to restock, and wanted to beat the crowds and the lines (sweden has the longest lines on weekends), so we spent the morning doing just that. <BR> <BR> work in the afternoon, and then off on a late walk to an island just across the fjord. neighbors had mentioned that the wild mushrooms (chanterelles) had started, but we didn't really expect to find anything. but.. much to our surprise, we found lots - a ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 15:11:04 EST blogstreak month 2 day 8 - friday, blink! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197017 friday. seems like every time i turn around and blink - it is friday. again. the weeks seem to fly by faster than ever. <BR> <BR> we are now officially recovered from jet lag; any poor sleep habits are now just that - no longer jet lag, but insomnia or whatever. <BR> <BR> today - step and stride video, 3.5 mile run. 15,000 plus steps. check <BR> <BR> meals - planned. check. <BR> <BR> beck... weak resistance muscle. oh well. <BR> <BR> weight - upper end, but still ok. <BR> <BR> no p... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:42:36 EST blogstreak month 2 day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196499 getting into the routine now - up in the night but without an alarm, a few hours of work, my 30 minute video - today was strength training, and it felt good to be working that part of the system again. a short sleep in the morning, followed by the morning walk. nothing exciting today, just enjoying the countryside and getting in the steps - and the elevation gain, a total of 90 floors for the day! we have quite a few hills around here, sometimes it seems like a roller coaster. <BR> <BR> work... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:25:54 EST blogstreak month 2 day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195948 jet lag is almost over, sleep is returning to, well if not normal, my usual weird sleep pattern of a few hours in the evening, then up around 1 a.m., then back to sleep around 5, for a total of 6 hours. i like that time in the middle of the night - quiet, easy to get work done. as long as i get the second sleep, it works out. this morning i was rewarded by the most amazing sunrise i have ever seen: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c97e78ef-b730-462b-ba02-4a823fdadf0... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:52:53 EST blogstreak month 2 day 5 - running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195304 finally. a decent night's sleep. and time to run. i put in a good work session during the night, slept another 3 hours (just like my normal schedule), and after the morning coffee it was time for a run. the first in two weeks, so i went back to my galloway 30 second walk/30 second run, and did just fine for a four-mile run. had the iphone along and took some photos: <BR> <BR> it's like running in a postcard... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25a961af-f825-44d5-9505-2b24... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 14:28:23 EST blogstreak month 2 day 4 - fourth of july! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194682 yet another jet laggy night, up at 1 a.m. and learned that once again a wildfire had broken out about 6 miles from our house. some eejits (as my irish friends call idiots) were setting off fireworks despite the ban and the horrible fire risk (we have seen two years of the largest fires in WA state history), and the result was a fire. luckily all resources were called in, including the smoke jumpers whom we had filmed practicing just a few weeks ago, and by morning, the fire had only grown to ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 14:34:18 EST blogstreak month 2 day 3 - moose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194166 yes indeed, today we saw not one but two relatives of bullwinkle - and it was strange because DH had just said we'd better watch for moose, and we turned the next corner and there were two of them in a field next to the road! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce28176b-c12c-4f0b-9b85-4885af94ea17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> as for the day - still suffering from jet lag. up at 1 a.m. after 4 hours of sleep, and unable to return to sleep except for two short naps in the afternoon. we we... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 14:52:34 EST blogstreak month 2 day 2 - jet lag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193663 struggling here. four hours of sleep last night, and a nap midday from which i just didn't want to wake up. pouring rain when we woke up this morning, so we started the day working on a project, and snuck out mid-morning to take advantage of a break in the weather. when we came back we made a magnificent minestrone soup - i had a can of white beans and a box of crushed tomato in the cupboard, and had bought carrots, celery, onion, garlic, tomato, and broth at the store the first day. threw it... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 15:16:20 EST blogstreak month 2 day 1 - july! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193158 a new month, a new streak. it really helps for accountability, and i apologize for boring my readers - hopefully my photos, which usually illustrate our main activity of hiking/walking/accumulating fitbit steps make up for the tedium of my days - work, exercise, healthy plant-based eating, repeat, with a bit of beck rules to keep everything under control. <BR> <BR> anyhoo, ended off june by hitting the step goal after all - which is an accomplishment given that we had spent 24 hours travelin... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:41:47 EST blogstreak day 30 - wrapping up june http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192351 the longest day - i woke up at about 12:30 a.m. early wednesday morning, seattle time, and it is now 7:40 a.m. on thursday. we have flown to amsterdam, sprinted through immigration and then through the airport and boarded our plane to gothenburg within 20 minutes of getting off the plane from seattle, made arrangements to have our luggage, which did not arrive on our plane, sent home by taxi tomorrow when it finally arrives (we hope), driven about an hour north of the airport, shopped, opened... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:44:51 EST blogstreak day 29 - traveling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191663 and an early blog today, just to keep up the streak, which is almost over for the month of june. we will leave for the airport in a couple of hours, heading for our home in sweden (DH's mom was born on a farm on the west coast, and that is where we spend our summers). it is a time when we get plenty of exercise and activity, but also plenty of socializing - so it will be time to dust off beck rules once again, though the equation of calories in and out usually works out since there is more ac... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:02:55 EST blogstreak day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191475 yet another day of errands, with a few walks thrown in for good measure. haircut, odds and ends. tomorrow we head for the airport. <BR> <BR> steps: 17795 <BR> meals: restaurant and grocery store. no snacks. <BR> weight: ok. <BR> hunger is not an emergency. <BR> <BR> plan for tomorrow - up early, and airport walking. lots of it. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:28:16 EST blogstreak day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190895 still in seattle. a beautiful morning walk, followed by a day of errands - including dropping pelle off with his summer mom. he will be spending the summer with 5 other border collies, a few sheep, a llama, and a cat or two. when he saw his summer mom he took off running, tail a-wagging - it felt so good to know he is excited to see sally, he settled right in to his "mobile kennel", her truck, in which he would wait until it was time to go home. <BR> <BR> meanwhile, we are still on restauran... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:50:54 EST blogstreak day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190285 several lovely walks today added up to 18,000 or so steps. seattle is such a beautiful place to go walking - the gardens are amazing. we came across a bamboo garden/business, and were invited in to walk through what was a maze like park of beautiful bamboo. a few blocks away was a buddhist temple, colorful and peaceful. we were invited in there, as well - it was just lovely. <BR> <BR> finished off a major project, and met DD and DSIL and his parents for dinner. with no snacking, and lots of ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:43:00 EST blogstreak day 25 - seattle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189719 not your typical day in seattle; we recently discovered that our car did not have a spare tire. it had a pump and a repair kit. which might be fine if you live in a city where triple A can show up on a dime, but we live in the wilderness, and are likely to put a hole in a tire far from civilization and with no cell service. so we decided it was time to trade it in for something with AWD for the snow - and a spare tire. just in case. <BR> <BR> and so we did. and who knew it took an entire day... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 01:43:59 EST blogstreak day 24 - the journey begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189171 made it to seattle after a long, hectic, and somewhat stressful day. my dad (almost 101 years old) is in the hospital getting a "tune-up". i guess we all need one every 100 years or so... i may have to head back east, though it will actually be heading west if we can get to sweden first. confusing. <BR> <BR> anyhoo, managed to get the step goal today with a combination of a cardio video in the night, a short walk with pelle this morning for his last swim in the river before going to border c... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:36:31 EST blogstreak day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188517 and that is it. tomorrow we head for seattle, first stop on our journey to sweden for the summer. last night was the last time that i will need to get up at midnight to be in the same time zone as clients until september; i have told everyone i am taking next week off. not quite true, but i don't want any more work until jet lag wears off. and we are packed. mostly. and the lawn is mowed, the garage is cleaned out, the car is vacuumed, and DH has already trimmed his hair - all chores that hav... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:07:49 EST blogstreak day 22 - the end is in sight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187949 finally. tonight is the last night i have to get up at midnight until september. summer (more or less) officially starts in sweden with the midsummer celebration this weekend, and it starts early - offices closing already tomorrow afternoon. which means that although i will be working, i don't have to be up for clients when they are in the office, because they won't be. <BR> <BR> today went well - a video in the night, strength training, and i can feel the improvement since last time. a quic... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:45:14 EST blogstreak day 21 - happy summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187239 today was both better and worse. worse because i had to get up to work without enough sleep; better because i finished the work i had to do for tomorrow already at noon. and i had the afternoon off - to go to the dentist. not exactly the best way to celebrate time away from the computer, but for now, i'll take it. <BR> <BR> i skipped the video in the night - not enough sleep. i skipped the morning run - i knew i would not be able to concentrate on work afterwards, plus the time i had for wor... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:15:58 EST blogstreak day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186618 as my status said, i'm burning candles at every end possible. i never slept before starting work last night, but got a few hours in the wee hours of the morning. and it is about to repeat, though for the opposite reason tonight - last night i could not sleep when i wanted to, tonight i have to wake up to finish the work i did not finish today. but soon all the deadly lions will be slain, and i will breathe again. <BR> <BR> exercise-wise, today was declared a "rest" day - i won't do a video i... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:31:14 EST blogstreak day 19 - 200 weeks of maintenance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185958 and i am NOT going to blow it now. i am absolutely at the upper end, scream weight is here. this morning when i woke up, i decided it was time to get real - we will be traveling beginning on friday, and it will be a full week before i am back in my own kitchen, in sweden for the summer. so between now and when we leave, i will be in CONTROL - wine holiday, no crackers or bread or chips, green smoothie to fill in the gaps. and one day down - success. it is so easy for the resistance muscle to ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:41:05 EST blogstreak day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185465 strange day - the weather report said there would be about one hour without rain. and it was right. we went out on our morning adventure just that hour, walked five miles, and made it back to the car just as the first drops were falling. well-needed rain; the fire season is not very far away. <BR> <BR> more company for dinner (note to self - upside of two days of guests is you only have to clean house once...). delicious meal - tempeh bourguignon with vegan rhubarb crisp for desert (and a tr... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:02:49 EST blogstreak day 17 - blink, it's friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184930 goodness. company is here, and i can't hide in my office. but i didn't want to break the streak. soooooo..... more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> but for today: <BR> <BR> exercise video <BR> 4 mile run <BR> decent eating (though did not track) <BR> <BR> more tomorrow... <BR> <BR> streak continues... <BR> <BR> view from the run: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fe2907e-804f-4d57-a3c9-34b054798a72.jpg"> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:33:38 EST blogstreak day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184332 another day, another hike... we've lived here over ten years, and are still finding wonderful walks just a few miles from home, as the crow flies. today we found a trail that led us to a beautiful old homestead with pioneer roses - at least, that's what they're called here in the valley, yellow roses that are all that is left of the original homesteads - and now found in most local gardens (we planted some cuttings about 8 years ago that are finally looking like they'll make it. <BR> <BR> so... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:34:37 EST blogstreak day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183732 phew! i really did plan to write a blog earlier today... went for what i planned to be a shorter, easier run this morning - well, it was shorter. but instead of my run-walk, which i've been doing trying to get back in shape, i actually ran the whole thing. slowly, but i did it, nasty hills and all. which meant that i didn't have quite the brain power i had hoped to have for work this afternoon, though i did manage to get some done. <BR> <BR> food plan reasonable - tried a new recipe for din... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:31:40 EST blogstreak day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183127 uh boy. it's even later than it was yesterday. we drove over the mountains and back again. some snow flurries at the pass. pouring rain on the west side. and some hail just to add to the drama. visited our friend who lost her husband last fall (whose ashes we spread in the sea in molokai), and a few other errands. <BR> <BR> obviously not much exercise - the video during the night, and made the 10,000 step minimum for a Busy Day. some good food choices - most important that we decided to dri... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:32:29 EST blogstreak day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182417 quickie before bed. was busy living life today - had planned to work, but... oh well... we returned to the beautiful flower hike we had taken a few days ago and arrived to find the local smoke jumpers practicing their parachute jumps - got some great photos! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ba451f2-3e5a-4391-bdaf-07ab2e534d05.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40bc2ea2-1be1-4a73-a0e9-6239ff5247fe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:32:42 EST blogstreak day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181582 taking it easy day. a little work. a little walking. a little rest. preplanned meals (AKA leftovers). tracked. maintaining... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4587496c-1334-4a65-b17e-7a5fd3045b2c.jpg"> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 19:17:27 EST blogstreak day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181006 sleep sure makes a difference. this is the first weekend i do not have to work (or travel) since about january. slept with no alarm last night, all the way to 4 a.m., but returned to bed at 6:30 and slept until after 10! can't remember the last time that happened. <BR> <BR> we went for the morning run when it was hardly morning anymore - left at 11 a.m., which is usually when we return. driving out, we saw the snow level had dropped last night to just a couple of hundred feet above our house... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 18:46:32 EST blogstreak day 10 - better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180450 definite improvement today; water weight dropping off, and the wine holiday continues. beautiful walk this morning, though not sure if we got (will get) enough steps today, but the past two days we broke 20,000 so it averages out. <BR> <BR> staying on top of the scale helps. catching scream weight helps. end the roller coaster. now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a4855f5-4d0b-4ae5-9d08-90c0fcd10287.jpg"> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:17:37 EST blogstreak day 9 - scream weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179782 it's official. this morning i weighed in at scream weight. my highest weight now is 10 lbs more than my lowest was in january. salt may be responsible to some extent; yesterday's meal included sauerkraut. i'm also wondering about the green smoothy i made - could that fiber be tying up fluid too? <BR> <BR> at any rate, yesterday was the first day of a wine holiday - hence the green smoothy. it was the first day in ages that i was not exhausted and stressed from work and i figured if i had th... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 17:04:51 EST blogstreak day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179188 it's raining! it's cooler! phew! after several days of temps in the 90s, the clouds were welcome today. we still got in a lovely 5 mile walk this morning, and with the morning video from the 30-day walk the weight off plan, today's 15,000 steps are done. <BR> <BR> yesterday - not so much. i did go running in the a.m., 4 miles, before the heat climbed too badly. but between the heat, the run, poor sleep - i just did not have the energy to get the last 1400 steps. oh well oh well. it will aver... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 18:32:04 EST