SWEETNEEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEETNEEY SWEETNEEY'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/ Mary Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790253 I wish I could lose weight as steady as I gain it. I'm in the Biggest Loser Challenge but I'm acting contradistinctive (I believe you see this word on medicine). Got up again this morning and exercise - means evening free. Having a Virgin Mary with breakfast (Bloody Mary without the vodka). Alright gotta get this calorie thing in CHECK. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1055300786.jpg"> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:31:34 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789593 Got up this morning after a good night's rest. I forgot to put the beef in the slow cooker before I left for work yesterday, so I put it on last night. So this morning I steamed some cabbage and carrots and made some cornbread and that is for lunch and dinner. I also cooked some split peas soup last night. After that I went for my run/walk. Came in did some stretches and practise the hula. In between that I did get breakfast for DS. So I'm really alive today. Maybe it's because KC won... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:56:01 EST Be Patient and Intense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788909 Oh call me - Mademoiselle Teckkie. All day I fooled with technology - so much so I had a tension headache. Add to that I located my riding partner and we had a mighty din. <BR> Okay - so I'm not sure the cloud computing is working. I did download the printer drivers to my tablets. I then set up my Dropbox account. I checked out mobogenie. As for the tablets still figuring out how to print from them but by then I was exhausted. I uploaded my music and photos to Dropbox. I posted a cou... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:46:26 EST 242 Colour Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788414 Had a great time at the 242 Colour Run (242 is the area code for the Bahamas). It was the 1st time that the members of my team participated in a fun/run walk. They are part of organized exercise programmes. The youngest member of my team is 12. The organizers had a good turn out, the atmosphere is really good and the participants got it - it was for fun - not to win or race. <BR> Before <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645791430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After <BR> ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:26:55 EST Rambling & Riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787858 Yesterday was busy. I had to make a choice between exercise and food and I actually chose exercise I rode my bike for about an hour - this was my cruiser. I put my camera on my back just in case I came across anything I wanted to take photos of but there was not anything. But I quite like the idea and should do it more often. Just me and my thoughts. It was cathargic. <BR> <BR> I have all types of bikes, cruiser, hybrid, racer, mountain. It all depends on what kind of riding and terr... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:57:23 EST Lighten UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787226 Today is lighten up day: <BR> <BR> Joke 1 <BR> <BR> Wife: "Our new neighbor always kisses his wife when he leaves for work. Why don't you do that?" <BR> Husband: "How can I? I don't even know her." <BR> <BR> Joke 2 <BR> <BR> An old man is met by his attorney, and is told he is going to be audited. He rides to the IRS office with his attorney, and when he gets there, he begins to talk with the IRS agent. "I bet $2,000 I can bite my own eye!" The IRS agent agrees to the bet, believing it an... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:15:53 EST Rollercoaster 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786603 Congrats to everybody who got on the scale. The scale said I gained and my first reaction was I am going to have the Coca Cola and some nuts (it would have been chips but did not have any in the house) but I said - "don't let the scale dictate your mood". I also said " you have 7 days to work if off if you have the coca cola and chips". In the end, I had a Club soda with lime and headed to bed. What really did it for me was saying "You can't out run your fork". <BR> My gym membership has... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:49:49 EST Meatless Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785999 I had a meatless day yesterday and it was not even planned. If I'd planned it I would have had all kinds of temptations. But breakfast started with cheese sandwich, lunch was a lean cuisine cheese canneloni plus salad and dinner was more cheese sandwich. I did my first scan with SP tracker (the lean cuisine). It was so exciting. Technology and gadgets. Now if I could only have a chef to prepare my meals and portion them out accordingly - I would be a million dollar baby. <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:03:22 EST Track Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785316 This is me doing Run Woodstock in Michigan. It was a trail course and I'm not prepared but I 'slogged' through. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1645429655.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me doing Swan Lake Marathon in South Dakota. I'm familiar with this terrain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334077140.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The results were the same - Finished. So I'm applying the same to my eating. I track and I'm more aware of my ea... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:29:10 EST What's a Potcake? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784559 Where does the weekend go? Went on my 'dream' walk with my camera and the battery was low. It was so low that it couldn't power the flash - so I just walked. When I came home I did read the manual on what all those knobs and symbols are on the camera. I've only had the camera 5 years. Just getting around to reading the manual. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The triathlon I did on Saturday is called the PotcakeMan Triathlon. It's the 2nd year they've had it. A potcake is a mixed breed dog... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:47:49 EST The Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783997 The day after the Tri before. My chest and shoulder muscles are sore - that much breast stroking is a new adventure. My legs are fine (they use). My appetite yesterday was runaway. I say appetite because it probably wasn't hunger. I know I craved a cold coke and had two of them. I drank lots of water. I ate food - not junk food but my portions were not good. So I have to mindful that just because I exercised alot - I can't eat whatever I want - I have to control my intake. <BR> <BR... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:34:47 EST PotcakeMan Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783647 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061270659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling like a Champion. I completed the triathlon. I conquered my trepidations. Of course I saw people who I know (they were spectators). So I finished the swim last - but it's the farthest I've ever swam - 750m. Then I rode the bike = 5 miles -that wasn't a problem. I actually caught up with a participant. She had a mountain bike, I had a road bike. Then did the 3 mile run- walked at first because my... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:40:58 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782834 Got 6800 steps in yesterday. When I got home it was a choice between eating or doing another 30 mins of exercise. I chose eating because I was so hungry. The weather and a traffic jam prevented me from doing the exercise I wanted. <BR> <BR> I refreshed my goals on SP to incorporate the things I planned to do for the 12 week BLC challenge. <BR> <BR> a. 5 freggies 5 days <BR> b. 1 hr of exercise or 10k steps 5x a week <BR> c. yoga/meditation - 1 day a week <BR> d. ST - 2x a week <BR... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:56:36 EST Preparation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782158 I had a productive day. I followed-up on some personal business matters as I continue to execute my exit strategy. I also made my goals for the BLC 26 challenge - I wrote them down - need to change my goals on SP to track them. I made an attempt to wash some blankets that I've had riding around in my car for a while. I need to use a washing machine at the laundromat. I didn't have any detergent, softer or dryer sheets with me and I didn't want to buy them at the laundromat. <em>227</em>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:28:42 EST Overcoming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781506 I had a wonderful run yesterday - it was stressless. I must say riding with a partner is more intense than when I run by myself. I think that it's good to have both - at least right now. I was a bit frustrated just prior to running. I had to turn in the registration for the triathlon and I forgot it at work. So I had to turn around and get it. So I was fuming cos that consumed like 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> Yes, I was conflicted between a funeral and the triathlon. I was going to the fu... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:13:44 EST BLC 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780798 My exercise programme is off. Monday is usually swim day but the seas are a bit choppy so I don't go in the sea. But that is no excuse because I have a GF with a pool and I can go there. Even so I could go run or walk. I did put on my gear at work but it was thwarted because I had a delivery of stuff to my house and I had to get it packed away. But I still had time afterwards to do a video or dance to some music. But instead I cooked (a good thing) and watched Jeopardy and MNF. I must b... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:34:40 EST Loops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780123 My riding partner is energy unleashed. We did the usual route but we threw in some loops. He did a particular part 3 times and I did it 2x. I told him the goal would be for him to complete 3 loops before I completed 2. He missed it by about 6 minutes. So he wants us to do it again next time and I should increase. I told him that when he catches me - I'll consider it. I hate loops. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827230781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really lacke... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:07:10 EST Snackky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779627 I did pretty good calorie wise yesterday - not perfect but not over 2k. I was hungry/snackky but I didn't have anything to snack on. So I had a club soda with some lime and had to call it a good time. My son I also noticed seems to checking his diet. After soccer - I asked if we need to get anything to bring home. He said that there was leftovers in the fridge he could eat. I was shocked cos I was anticipating the answer - Pizza. So that helped me stay in control. If we had the pizza ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:12:45 EST Give A Child a Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779263 Yesterday's eating was much better. Came in within calorie goal. Doing really good today also. <BR> The bike ride was awesome. We'd had a lot of rain during the night and there was moisture in the air in the morning - high probability of rain. My riding partner was very excited. I did not do 50 but he did & he did & to see the joy on his face was priceless. We'd agreed that I wouldn't do 50. I did 2hrs. <BR> My ride was very peaceful. I took in the awesome morning view. I meandered through... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:46:33 EST Amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778343 Yesterday was a disaster eating wise. There was meeting at work from 9-5 & I did not control my eating & had 2 sandwiches plus a soda. I had a Wendy's spicy chicken salad with blue cheese dressing & a soda for dinner. Dessert was 3oz mixed nuts. And to it no exercise it was a bad day overall. This morning I have the nerve to be hungry. <BR> <BR> I really just want to lie in bed & Saturday's bike ride isn't looking as exciting. I guess this peer pressure is good cos left to my own devices I'... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:11:20 EST Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777763 I had a pretty good calorie eating day relatively speaking. I was tempted to buy food out for myself and DS. But I worked down the temptation for food for me and then for my son. I had some leftovers and stopped by the grocery store and bought a steak to cook for him. So he had a steak and 1/2 a baked potato with asian medley vegetables. For my lunch today I am taking the remainder of the baked potato and some of the vegetables. <BR> <BR> I've not exercise for the week and I can't say... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:11:57 EST Wow Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777097 Yesterday was not a good calorie day. I succumb to a box of milk chocolate digestives and 1/2 of a very large avocado pear. I'm not going to exercise this week (I say). Just let me body rest. Spent last evening looking at marathons for next year. I've got some states that are not in the usual traffic path I want to do. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2087479426.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:41:24 EST Passing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776364 I have a noisy head recently. I guess all those hours in the fresh air this weekend and exploring nature helps ventilate the brain. Or it's simply a period when things are happening. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine died Saturday night. We were the same age. So it's like she would be the 1st of a real 'friend' to die. So I'm continuously thinking about how we met about 25 years ago - through a sorority, her 1st job, her wedding, playing tennis, running. But she's 'passed' as we euphemistical... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:54:23 EST My Antlers are So Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775687 During my Run Woodstock I had two epiphanies. <BR> <BR> A couple of the miles is on terra firma - a surface I'm very familiar with. It was overcast and I thought okay if the weather could just stay this way that will be great. So Sun don't come out. As I headed into the woods, it was cool and lush. There had been rain the night before and of course the woods would be slow to recover from this episode. So as I go deeper on the route - the footing becomes muddy and I'm one of the last t... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:34:00 EST Run Woodstock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774948 Sat. Sept. 6, 2014 was Run Woodstock in Michigan. I decided to participate in the marathon. I must nit have read it properly because it was a trail marathon. So, I had the wrong shoes and I left the water bottle in the car. The event had a little of everything. Some unpaved road, felled tres that you had to manoever oveer, mud and hills. Since I travelled here or it, I had no choice but to complete it. Yu had to do the course 2x. I feel like I've been in detox. My legs are very sore ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 03:31:28 EST Soul 2 Sole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774361 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1822990606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1603704601.jpg"> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 04:35:48 EST Psychological Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773739 DS is interfering with my life. My summer schedule is over. I've got to co-ordinate DS schedule into my exercise schedule. Going to a new soccer club means different times. So I had schedule a bike ride for Thursday but had to cancel because I had pick up duties. This made me realize I wasn't a 'single' woman anymore. <BR> <BR> The new fridge is a huge psychological relief. Need to de-clutter some other areas of my house and my life. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 05:18:19 EST New Fridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773268 Ok, my electricity cut off while I was typing up my blog when I was at home. So I'm now at work and I am resuming but I can't think freely - I'm in another state of mind and affairs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1749230866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went out for a lovely jog. It was 'cool' in the evening, low humidity and I just wanted to be outdoors to enjoy the surroundings while getting in my 10k steps. I planned to do my 10k steps come back and get... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:37:07 EST Smiles Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772419 Smiles today: <BR> <BR> An elderly couple are in church. The wife leans over and whispers to her husband, "I just let out a long, silent fart. What should I do?" The husband replies, "First off, replace the batteries in your hearing aid!" <BR> <BR> There is a senior citizen driving on the highway. His wife calls him on his cell phone and in a worried voice says, ''Herman, be careful! I just heard on the radio that there is a madman driving the wrong way on Route 280!'' Herman says, ''I know... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 07:41:31 EST Rollercoaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771661 A couple weeks ago a friend of mine had a problem trying to get her daughter into a private school. She had given the money to a teacher at the school to get her in. The teacher failed to do and spent the money. So my friend notified the principal of the school about what happened. The principal said queries would be made and efforts to place the child would be made. At that particular school - classes started 3 weeks ago. Most other schools in the Bahamas started yesterday. So my frie... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:32:26 EST Life Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771080 Happy Labour Day to All those celebrating it. To others I hope you have a Wonderful Day. <BR> <BR> Had a very nice bike ride on Sunday. If I was going biking by myself I would have cancelled but because I had a partner I had to live up to my commitment. So, there is living up to your commitment and going through the motion. At first it started out very slowly (gong through the motions) and I thought I would only do the short course. But after about 30 minutes my reserves seem to arriv... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:13:36 EST Missed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770427 I cannot believe that I didn't come on SP at all yesterday. I went for a walk yesterday at 4:30a.m. for an hour and then went to bed. Got up around 11am & cooked which was about 2hrs & then had a steady diet of college football along with tennis. <BR> Plans the day are to go to a social event in the afternoon & riding the bike in the evening. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1561815195.jpg"> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:13:07 EST Happy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768715 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1380411555.jpg"> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:20:03 EST Transitioning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767886 Had a pretty good eating day yesterday. When I came home I cooked dinner for DS - 'faux' lasagna (no cottage cheese/ricotta cheese) just a variety of hard cheeses. But he did not know the difference. I settled for some 'homemade' cheesy bread. It didnot turn out too well - so I pulled off the cheese. <BR> <BR> I went for a run - doing laps around a nearby park. When I exercise I usually feel free but yesterday I kept thinking about work and I didn't like that. I'm doing some transitioni... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:04:34 EST Thankful Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767187 Yesterday was a good eating day. I came in just under 1500 calories. I made dinner for DS but I stuck to my planned meal. Went swimming yesterday. The water was choppy and there was a lot of seaweed in the water. I did 20 minutes and left. There is a storm travelling so we have overcast skies and scattered showers. The sea is murky - the sediment at the bottom is churning up hence the seaweed floating on top. <BR> <BR> Should have gotten up this morning and exercise but I was tired.... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:31:03 EST Long and Winding Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766830 The Sunday ride did not go as planned. We ended up doing like 3 hours or 32 miles. We exhausted ourselves. What happened at the beginning I gave the first directions but somehow we went on diverging paths so we had to find one another and that took about 30 minutes (or added 30 minutes) to the ride. So the route design is all off. So we start just making it up as we go and we got put a lot off course and it took some time to get back to the car - hence the long and winding road. We were... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:54:43 EST Weekend Warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765931 Since Friday I've felt happy and motivated. I went for a run Friday morning and stretched to one of SP's videos. Then I went for my bike ride in the evening. Saturday morning - I went for a run with my 'student'. We usually run/walk but she wants to run so we did about 5 miles. We took some breaks. I tried to pace her but they are into speed. This morning I went for my own tonic. I didn't run I just walked 10 miles which included some hills. Came back and did a 30 minute Jessica Smit... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:45:50 EST Here's to You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765508 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l763231936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l31138147.jpg"> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:58:48 EST Bee Happy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764708 Yesterday was a horrible day. I felt miserable at work and sleepy. I went out for an hour and parked by the beach. Didn't exercise because my bag was not packed correctly. I did not have a a shirt. So I couldn't go to gym. I thought I'd go home and wait until the sun went down and go to exercise. But I knew that would not materialize - that's like an hour and half wait. So said so done. But I got my Aria scale synced and stepped on it to make my day worse. Got my new ipod operationa... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:43:42 EST Lifting the Pall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764230 We got to the airport in Tampa with plenty time to spare. We had lunch and then boarded our flight. It left on time and arrived on time. I landed in Miami at 3:43p.m. But it took like 15 minutes to taxi to the gate. Deplaning was another 5 minutes. Our connection was 4:35p.m. boarding at 3:55p.m. So we made a mad dash to get to the otherside of the terminal. It was on final call when we arrived. We boarded right away and sat down. We waited for about 10 minutes and nothing. We were ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:36:26 EST Vacation over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763421 Went to Busch Gardens with DS yesterday. We arrived about 1:30p and left about 5p I walked with DS. My days of going on the rides have passed. I remember when I would be up up and away. It was hot. I drank water. My son seemed unaffected. Had dinner at Smokey Bones - if the steamed broccoli had 170 calories you know the meal was high calorie. We head home today - so tomorrow my vacation mode will over. <em>46</em> <BR> <em>536</em> <em>535</em> <em>534</em> <em>12</... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:54:39 EST They Broke Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762803 I did really great at lunch. We ate in the Mall and I went to each of the food places looking for what I wanted meat and vegetables. So I had bourbon chicken with broccoli side. The broccoli seemed to have some oil/gravy on it. So I took it out of the gravy stuff and ate it. Now - in the mall is a Cheescake Factory. I don't run into that everyday and I must say I thought about it ALOT. Asked DS if he'd share a slice with me - he said no. So that ended it. NO. Had to go to Dicks Spo... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:33:41 EST Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762019 We went to an outlet mall and spent about 4 hours there before I demanded mercy and we left. So I got my 10k steps in. At Outback - I had onion soup without the cheese and bread on it and the wood grilled salmon with vegetables. I ate 1/2 of the bread with some butter. This is a change because I'd usually have a steak with baked potato and sour cream and butter. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1105085360.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:12:01 EST bonding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761310 My itinerary went smoothly yesterday. Flight on time, bags arrived at the same time as I did. Rental car reservation was fine, car worked, directions to school was spot on & I followed them easily. Went to the collection area for the campers it was mayhem - young people & luggage. But through the chaos DS arose. So be was unusually loquacious-that's a good thing. I'm thankful for these things. <BR> <BR> We had lunch at Olive Garden. I had chicken Caesar salad with minestrone. I did have 2 b... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:14:56 EST flying right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760675 When your flights run on time it's a beautiful thing. But when there are delays it's a mess. Arrived at airport 2 hours in advance, flight already delayed. 6pm flight leaves at 8:30p. Good thing I didn't have same night connection. There was a weather system in Miami which caused flights to back up. When we did take off the sky was like fireworks were going off. But the ride was smooth &the landing was excellent not a bump. So I'm back to airport to head to Tampa &collect DS. <BR> <img src=... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:50:36 EST Riding in the Rain Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760295 Going to collect DS today. So I'm flying off to Tampa, FL. We'll stay in FL until Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Concluded the gym challenge - 0 weight loss, Body/Fat ratio the same and inches the same. <BR> <BR> Rode bike last night - my riding partner claims it was 26miles. I was shocked. It actually rained at the beginning of the ride and I wanted to turn around because we'd only been riding 10 minutes or so by then. But I persisted. The rain was only in one spot - and it was like you were ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:45:58 EST Hula Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759420 Zumba was good last night. Also on 2 occasions I got into a rhythm on the hula hoop. PROGRESS <em>104</em> . Listened to some Kenny G last night - bought back alot of memories. It made me want to have a candlelight bubble bath. I also went to hairdresser and had her put some colour in my hair. She says it looks nice - not sure I like it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l252483416.jpg"> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:40:39 EST Feel like a Jerk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758762 Had a great time at aerobics last night. The class was really hyped and I have 90% of the steps down. Plus I'm jumping a little higher - more comfortable with the steps. The instructor is on a one month break. This is also the final week of the weight loss challenge at the gym. So I have to get weighed and interviewed. <BR> I have been eating chicken all week. KFC Wings, Jerk chicken and nuts. No vegetables and no carbs (did have raisin bran cereal for breakfast the past 2 days). I'... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:14:58 EST Routine Chaos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758083 I feel like the past week I've been off programme. My calorie count is back up to the 2k mark consistently. My exercise has not been consistent. Like yesterday's swim was the first in about 7 days. I've been to aerobic and zumba class last week after having missed one or the other for a couple of weeks. Done some running. But all and all it seems a bit haphazard. I guess the only consistent thing has been the biking. I've not played tennis or ST in about 2 weeks. Been doing some hula... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:20:12 EST Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spiralized Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757331 I tried sun-dried tomatoes. It was so hot outside they actually burnt <em>334</em> . I put some fresh basil and thyme on them while they were being sun-dried. Haven't tasted them yet but will see later today. I also used my spiralizer finally. I used it on a zucchini. It was really nice and interesting. I only had one zucchini so it wasn't enough. I tried a cucumber but it was too soft. So just ended up cutting the cucumber up as usual. <BR> <BR> While we were wrapping up our ride... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:07:54 EST