TERI-RIFIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TERI%2DRIFIC TERI-RIFIC'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/ Good days and What I'm Thinking Lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317512 Today I wrote as my status that I had a good day yesterday, stayed with my food plan and exercised and today I feel GREAT. I had the typical thought after I wrote that-I wish I could bottle this feeling! It feels so great the day after success in eating and exercising-physically as well as mentally. I can truly say to myself: this feels better than eating junk and stuffing myself. However, When I'm feeling tempted, it's hard to remember that. So, I'm writing it down to help. The physical acti... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:17:02 EST Lesson on Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308288 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9028c8e-8cbd-4e61-b179-0c19beff8c42.JPG"> <BR> I have taught Sunday School for over 20 years. I have learned more than the kids. We moved about 5 years ago and had to look for a new church.. Just this past year we started to go to a church that seemed a match for us and our daughter and her kids. I started teaching again (second gradeonce a month) in December. The lesson was on Jesus' Birthday. The lesson plan called for having a birthday part... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:18:31 EST Something I Thought I Would Never Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303542 Be in a Triathlon! (Of sorts). One thing I never wanted to do was a triathlon. I am a poor swimmer. I had a near drowning incident when I was 7 ( during a town swim lesson!) and I was afraid of deep water. I didn't learn to swim until I was in HS. Even a sprint triathlon would be too much for me. So I just found out that my Y is having an indoor triathlon in March and I signed up. It is USAT approved-so it is official. LOL, you have to pay an extra $15 to join USAT. Anyway, you swim for 10 mi... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:03:34 EST Fun Races Coming Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295796 When my daughter visited for Christmas, we planned for some races to do together. I'm not that great a runner, but I am a fantastic race picker. I've been to Key West, Big Sur and Lake Tahoe. In Feb, I'm going to do a 10 K in Savannah. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eed252cb-71d5-41ae-a86f-a7db9f82a32d.PNG"> <BR> I've never been to Savannah and I'm looking forward to it. <BR> For the BIG extravaganza race, my whole family ( son and GF are maybe) is going to the Delaware... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:44:26 EST Change -More Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295087 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34509f5e-470a-4e83-969f-b69c410d5292.PNG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c36eeb77-4836-459d-9d1d-a98c26e88f00.PNG"> <BR> I knew I forgot to put something in my previous blog. I get a Pastor Rick's daily devotional by email. Ever since Jan 1, it has been on change, and I have found it very helpful. After a certain point, I think things outside of "diet focused material" have more impact. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:53:40 EST I've Been Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293353 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef0a1dc6-b386-4e6c-8943-f50ca8ba5990.PNG"> <BR> I just finished this book and it gave me a lot of insight into my behavior. I actually worked with the man who wrote it, but I can't remember where. Either it was my psych rotation or when I was a nurse intern in a psych facility. I just remember that he was always reading in his office and had a rep for being wicked smart. He's a Rabbi, too. Anyway, he started a drug recovery program in Pittsburg... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:20:05 EST An Interesting Morning and Looking Back-Looking Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288839 So I got a call this morning from my husband from work (he had worked 8P to 8A in the ER) saying that he couldn't find his truck keys and could I drive in and bring him the other set. Welllll.......those keys haven't been accessible since last year when we let our granddaughter throw them down the cellar steps and they fell down the side of the steps and disappeared. We have 3 tons of wood pellets piled underneath the stairs. So I decided one set of keys was enough and we could wait to get th... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:09:28 EST Third Year in a Row http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271568 Here we are at the start of the Turkey Trot 5 miler. This was my third time following my new Thanksgiving tradition. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35797dfa-fc81-4d94-a2dc-94f71fc1ae53.jpg"> <BR> At the finish: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/335642c3-2ad8-4068-a13f-b2ab2dcb548d.JPG"> <BR> Naturally, every year is different. Last year was warmer <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a7557ea-cd87-41c2-a1e1-c39b29d6804f.JPG"> <BR> Tw... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:28:22 EST Baking Cookies but not eating any http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270039 My daughter had to bake cookies for an event and I helped her. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b4c40f3-c896-4763-9139-d2c0343ceac1.PNG"> <BR> They were a new recipe for rolled sugar cookies, decorated wth fondant and icing. I was absolutely not tempted to eat them. However, I really wanted to try a bite of one because I was curious about how they tasted. I really wanted to know for myself how they turned out! I could have tasted one and it wouldn't have made much of a d... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:21:13 EST O Christmas tree -Traditions- But I don't like early Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269892 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43347888-9665-4b53-ba2c-482677460783.jpg"> <BR> Last year I wrote something like, " it's not really Christmas until my husband is lying on the ground under an evergreen in a cold puddle or a snow drift. Yesterday when we cut our tree it was warm and sunny! Last year it was frigid, but sunny. Where have we caught a break?Today was gloomy and had wet snow, that didn't stick anywhere but made a mess everywhere. It was our kind of tree cutting day... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:01:58 EST Halloween Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259049 <BR> It started out with some silliness on the back deck. I knew my husband would eventually shoot me if I got him the toy gun! <BR> I am not a makeup person. My daughter helped me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/727dea74-1716-4e45-ba5c-a0f0814c8c8e.jpg"> <BR> It has been awhile since I wore false eyelashes. My granddaughter kept telling me that my eyes looked funny. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7df12193-20b7-421c-8fdc-437f09ae66bd.jpg"> <BR> M... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 22:28:22 EST A Gutsy Runner, Nevada, and Dangerous Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251018 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f60178b-90df-48f8-888d-d58a55edc010.JPG"> <BR> The "ad" in Nevada rhymes with bad , not odd. Who knew? I've always said it wrong. We took a day trip to Virginia City, where the Cartwrights of Bonanza used to go. They have a herd of wild horses that mosey around the city. I thought it was very cool, but I guess they can cause problems, too. It's a pretty run-down place. The scenery is beautiful, though. We also went to the Donner Pass and that ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:18:18 EST Emerald Bay Half Marathon and Lake Tahoe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248966 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0bd037a6-7465-4d79-b112-7c0f48e7a685.jpg"> <BR> First of all, Lake Tahoe is just a gorgeous place. Mark Twain famously said, " This is surely the fairest sight the whole earth affords." Pictures don't do justice to the crystal clarity of the water and the cerulean blue color. We got here a couple of days early, so we did some biking. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b93bc2cd-927a-41a4-87ad-9e2be596ea35.jpg"> <BR> And we did... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 19:07:29 EST Weird Stuff?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244179 For the past two weeks or so I have been getting notifications on my feed that I have lost weight. I have not posted any new weights for the past two weeks. Where is this coming from? When I look at my ticker on my page, the last weight I posted is listed. (159.5) When I look at my tracker where you can post a new weight, that weight is listed on the left, but a new weight 161.5 is listed on the right as the last posted weight on Sept29(yesterday). But it hasn't changed my ticker weight. I d... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:06:47 EST First Place - Oh Yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241147 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/815b84ab-9ce1-47eb-accd-04d6db8d768d.jpeg"> <BR> This morning was " Run for a Beer" 10 K in our town. The race ends in our little downtown where the Ale House sponsors October Fest. It was a very hilly course. I got first place in my age group. I was thrilled to Death! This is probably the only time this will ever happen for me, because I'm pretty sure I was the only one in my group! I don't care. I got a medal and got my picture taken for the... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:11:26 EST A Pensive 4 mile Run and a Halloween Costume http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239154 I had a really enjoyable run. I ran the entire 4 miles and felt really good. Since I just wrote my 3 year blog I thought about that and some of the comments. Also, my husband decided he wants to go to his work Halloween party. We are not a social couple. He talks very little and I am a fun when I have to be introvert. My daughter thought we should go as a hunter and a deer. That sounded good to me. My husband already has his hunting garb. Her first idea was a cat and a scratching post which I... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:42:16 EST My Three Year Sparkiversary. A Look Back and a Look Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237901 <BR> <BR> I've looked back over my blogs from the beginning. Without them, I wouldn't remember much! My original goal was 60-60-60. Lose 60 pounds by age 60 and weigh 160. At the end of the first year I weighed 168. The second year I did get down to 160. Since then I have been hovering around that weight with a low of 153 and a high of 165. For awhile I hovered in the high 150's. Then I hovered in the low 160's. Today I weigh -drum roll-160. Go figure! . <BR> Here is a photo show... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:30:27 EST Yesterday I Picked a Red Pepper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234074 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc01de24-8ccb-4c05-a24e-de558fd9faf6.jpg"> <BR> There it is, hiding in there in all of its red shininess. <BR> I thought it would never turn red. It was big and green for a long time. Family members pressured me to pick it. But I decided if I didn't wait I would never know for sure if it ever would turn red. I think it took about a month. Unfortunately, when I picked it it had a hole. I prayed it wasn't due to a bug <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:55:49 EST A New Car and a Look Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232714 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8bef138-cbe7-42e3-ac6c-15309bb8a779.jpg"> <BR> We are getting a lot of laughs about buying a new car which looks almost exactly like our old one. We are not the kind of people who buy a new car every 3 years or so. We bought our first car as a couple in 1989 (I still miss my Camaro) and it was a Suburban. We have had Suburbans ever since. This will be our 4th one. My husband was in the Air Force and we lived in OK when we bought the first one.... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 07:57:50 EST My New Shorts are " The Story of my Life" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224361 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61025c03-27c6-44ea-8d86-54f3b661b774.jpg"> <BR> So, I'm always looking for something that I can't find/doesn't exist or they don't make anymore. I tell myself- go to the store and see what they have. ( choose from what they have) -don't decide what you want and then go to find it. I've been wanting cargo shorts. My husband has them, my son has them-pretty much every man in America has them. I couldn't find any. ( I wanted the kind t... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:47:43 EST Who Knew!!!!!!?????? Then Vacation and Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218392 I spent about half an hour writing a blog this morning on my Husband's laptop and it wouldn't load. I tried 4 different times and then it was lost.It took a long time to write because all of my pictures I wanted to use were on my phone and I had to transfer them to the laptop, which was a big pain in the neck. I have written blogs about SP mobile site being useless to me and my frustration at not being able to access the full site anymore from my phone. SP used to have a link at the bottom f... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:43:22 EST My New Yard and Garden and Comments Needed from Gardeners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194693 Last October we moved to a new house. This spring I was greeted by a yard to take care of again. I also decided to plant a garden for the grandchildren. I started some heirloom tomatoes from seed. I got Abe Lincoln, Mortgage lifter, Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Old German Yellow and Black Krim. Miraculously, some of each survived my care. Here they are: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00501e3f-7232-4663-9ab3-d4fba6b6d53c.jpg"> <BR> I think I planted them too close togeth... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 14:58:48 EST Food Struggle Last Night and Pandora's Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178081 My middle GD is just over 2 and she went on the potty yesterday, so my hubs promised her ice cream after dinner. Usually I make him take the girls out for a treat, but last night we ate dinner late so he said he was going to get some ice cream at the store and bring it home. When I am "in the zone" I can tolerate this easily but last night I wasn't in the zone. <BR> ."I'm going to get Ben and Jerry's for myself. Do you want me to get you anything?" <BR> "I wish you hadn't asked." <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:14:51 EST The Project is Finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170556 The actual building of the swingset went better than planned. Hubs wanted to save money by picking it up ourselves in NH thus paying no tax or delivery charge. And we were about to save $450 by assembling it ourselves. I guess I've learned a few things over the years because I bought some ratchet tie-downs and studied the truckers hitch knot ahead of time and both were needed. Everything fit in our two vehicles and nothing fell off. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38c164... Thu, 26 May 2016 07:01:13 EST A Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170553 Trying to post a blog and getting error message. Yikes! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07ea475b-8c03-40cf-b317-ba05d9198122.jpeg"> Thu, 26 May 2016 06:57:49 EST The New Spark Page-What You See is Not What You Get http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166156 O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us <BR> To see oursels as ithers see us! <BR> What you now see on your Spark page is not what others see. <BR> First of all, I LOVE CHANGE! I am easily bored and get tired of things quickly. There is nothing I like better than improvement! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e21c025b-7f73-47f0-8d29-052c2a645583.jpg"> <BR> I played around with the new page to see if I could finagle it to show more of what I wanted. What I found is that your ow... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:15:54 EST Life and Death in Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165352 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d75bc1d0-963e-4840-9526-1f747cfb98b2.jpg"> <BR> The bear that I met up close and personal in my backyard just walked through, but hung around in my next door neighbor's back yard for awhile. She sent me this picture. I never even saw the cubs. Well the bear was dead by the next morning. She climbed a tree by power lines and came in contact with a transformer and was electrocuted. The cubs were rescued, though. They shut off our power while the... Wed, 18 May 2016 06:48:27 EST A Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162999 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e55cdc3-3c62-4495-9290-2682e28dbb03.jpeg"> <BR> First, after only six short years my son graduated from college. I couldn't go to Virginia, but my husband went. One of the reasons-actually the only reason it took him so long was that he got involved with a terrible girl. I prayed every day for them to break up. They did for awhile and then they got back together. I was devastated! She truly was leading him down into ruin. They broke up again a... Sat, 14 May 2016 19:43:41 EST I Never See It Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157401 I have a long history of coming up with ideas that end in torture in the fulfillment. So when we bought our new house last October during our housing crisis we looked at the yard and thought-room for a swing set- check. When we went to look at swing sets we realized that a decent one would take up a lot of the yard. So I looked at the woods and walked around back there and thought that if we cut down a few trees we could put the swing set back there. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Fri, 6 May 2016 06:40:34 EST The Eating Aspect of a Destination Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ae3cf93-d53b-45fa-947b-5daeb115e5de.jpeg"> <BR> It really was the most beautiful place, even though it was windy and cold. Very windy! I ran 9 miles. It took under two hours. The rest was vacation and eating out. That's the flip side. There was no scale at any hotel gym and my daughter didn't have one where she was living (she is a traveling PT and packs light). I am very dependent on weighing every day. I had no clue as to what I would weigh... Mon, 2 May 2016 14:34:02 EST Big Sur and Meeting Jeff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149550 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/beb98202-a23a-47f0-b687-61fae656c312.jpeg"> <BR> Big Sur was an amazing race! If there is a more picturesque race I don't know what it would be. Right when we got to the Expo, Jeff Galloway was speaking -how lucky for me. So I got to meet him and he is the nicest, friendliest person ever! I was just thrilled to death and he was so enthusiastic about my weight loss and running accomplishments. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:51:48 EST If You Are Too Lazy to Boil Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143759 You would have something in common with my son. He is giving me new recipes for the diet he has devised for me, which, by the way, is working really well for me. So he tells me to hard "boil" eggs in the oven in a muffin tin. I had never heard of this. But he says it cooks them well and it is much too much effort for him to boil water. I'm going to try it. 30 minutes at 325-350 then take out and plunge in ice water. I have to say , though, at least he cooks! He is a better cook than I am. My ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 19:51:33 EST Cats and Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140458 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/936a19c6-d75a-4df9-bcbf-edff7fb74eff.jpg"> <BR> It's raining cats and dogs and it made me think about-well-cats and dogs. I was never a cat person. I didn't like them. When my son was in HS, he badgered me, as only he can, to get one. I gave in, we got one, and he left for college. Now, he doesn't even like the cat, and I have a cat. I'm glad I have her, though, because she has been a lesson to me in animal behavior. We got a full blooded, regi... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:49:23 EST An Acquired Taste And The Last Time I Write about a Certain Thing.., http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132267 During my big 3 day watch the GK's by myself extravaganza, I planned on not leaving the house/yard. I did not go to church on Easter because often they have to call my daughter <BR> to the nursery to get the baby, and I thought it just wasn't worth it to go through all the rigamarole of getting the three of them ready only to spend most of my time in the nursery. Plus, with their Mom being gone and with all of the extra people, I was pretty sure it would not go well. <BR> <BR> I also plan... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 07:07:23 EST Conversation with Granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129899 So, this is day three of me watching the granddaughters by myself. It seems longer. LOL. They will be 3,2 and 1in April and May. It rained all day yesterday-need I say more? My daughter's divorce hearing was to establish temporary custody. It could have gone better. It could have been worse. She got full physical custody. Visitation is a problem since they don't know him at all and we live in MA and he lives in GA. Domestic violence was an issue. He claims it was "mutual". He did not have an... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:57:13 EST Breaking Beck and Oprah's Bread Commercial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117970 The first part of the title is a reference to "Breaking Bad" . So, in reviewing the Beck Workbook, I am thinking a lot about the psychology of weight loss. Of course, it isn't all psychological! Two plus years ago, when I started, there were two things that really changed it up for me this last go round. The first referenced the physical-I read a book that explained how eating certain foods actually could make you hungrier. I learned, finally!, that foods affect your body differently and tha... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 08:22:20 EST Things I've Been Up To http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112368 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22a9cb8e-df85-473f-b1e8-c410e665b00e.jpeg"> <BR> First, I've tried to make a little gym area in the basement. It's somewhat embarrassing to show the surrounding mess, but I have to take the basement a little bit at a time! I used some of the kid's alphabet mats-we got them better ones and I used the left overs from that, too. In the upper left you see the pull-up bar for the pull-ups of which I can't even do one. No, I don't kidnap and tie peop... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 06:26:32 EST A Year Of Living at the Same Weight (Unintentionally) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103481 So I finally lost another pound and when I went to put it in my tracker I noticed my goals that I had set. Last April I weighed 160 and my goal was 144. today I weighed 161. That is why I never see pounds lost on my start page even though it will show up on my feed. So now it is officially a full year since then. The lowest I've gone is 156 - the highest is 166.The highest was recently which prompted me to go cold turkey on sugar and started LCHF diet. That was great! It was the kick in the ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:00:32 EST One Month No Sugar No Starch and Back in the Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094090 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2153617a-cff0-40bf-af91-d08656716f91.jpeg"> <BR> Being in the zone is like walking on water. I want to thank whoever mentioned dietdoctor.com in her blog because that is what helped me get back in the zone. Struggling with a plateau and also inching upwards, having bad days when I ate snacks and treats and being hooked on sweet coffee drinks-I read and watched the info on that site and was intrigued by their premise that you can change your bod... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:21:54 EST Glorioski What a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077850 Sometimes after a big snow, the day after is just the brightest most sparkling day you could ask for. Well, the snow stopped south of us and we got NONE, but we got the glorious day after anyway! To top things off, my back is feeling much better. Yesterday it felt OK, too, but my brain was still in a fog from the one Flexeril I took. Though not in pain, I dragged through the day not caring about doing anything. The most bothersome thing now is the burn I gave myself:. <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:00:28 EST Back Pain and Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076093 I have a recurring problem with back pain. Everybody in my family is sick of it, including me. It's not really muscle strain or even a pulled muscle-it's a spasm. I can't sleep through it, I can't stand it and it makes me one unhappy camper. No one really understands (channeling my inner teenager) except my daughter who also gets this pain. This pain is in a spot about the size of a quarter, right next to my spine. It spasms constantly, but you can't anticipate when. I combat it by trying to... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:35:39 EST A Comment by My Brother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071573 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64ff0fbe-0215-40d2-90ec-a0017842eb9d.jpeg"> <BR> Over the holidays my brother and his daughter (my niece) came for a visit. My brother is 10 years older. He has never had the weight problem that I have, but he has been up and down and does battle with excess weight. This picture is from the summer when I stayed with him to go to my cousin's 80th birthday party. I think, subconsciously, he is jealous that I am not the fattest one, anymore. He h... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 06:43:57 EST Changing Things Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069320 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f595d6c-9b98-4f1c-8cfd-369f1412b009.jpeg"> <BR> This picture has nothing to do with the Title, but I went to another paint night and had fun. My daughter is on my right and my son's GF is on my left. The picture, though, does represent where I am now. I'm happy and having fun and looking pretty good, for me. <BR> But, I have been struggling lately with eating right. I have been flirting with going over the upper range of my maintenance range ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:59:40 EST The Freezer 5 Miler and my Christmas Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057061 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c60f7102-fe9b-4208-8ee7-9dc3384fb02f.jpg"> <BR> So for Christmas my daughter got me this running shirt which I really wanted-"If you see me collapse pause my Garmin" I got new running tights and I am standing on my Husbands present to me -a Garmin scale. Now I am all connected up! The scale, my watch, my activity tracker all connect to the Garmin site which connects with "my fitness pal" for food tracking. You know you're into a healthy lifesty... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:23:22 EST Fun at Paint Nite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4514ca9a-3ad7-414a-8f4f-8bf1c70052b8.jpg"> <BR> My daughters and I had a fun girls night out.. My husband offered to watch all 3 kids! We drove into Harvard Square in Cambridge and went to paint nite. I want to go back and do mine better! But, no matter how your painting turns out -and they are all amazingly different- it is fun to be creative. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52ce2cc1-8cb3-4e41-8ffc-23e00ee7d264.jpg"> <BR... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:39:16 EST Runners- Here's An Interesting Movie - Barkley Marathons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052929 Last night we all watched a documentary called "Barkley Marathons". It was $3.99 on Amazon instant video. We all liked it and it was. - all I can say is- unusual. I had never heard of the Barkley Marathons. I don't know how my daughter ever found out about this movie. It is a series of 5 loops through the woods each about a marathon in distance over a period of 60 hours. Only 40 people are allowed in it per year by a complicated application process involving an essay on why you want to ru... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14:03:55 EST I Got Another New Dress - The Weather Girl Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050291 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/179fcd25-78de-4441-8dc4-de27d31f2a17.jpeg"> <BR> So I was watching Fox News and the weather came on and I really liked the dress that the weather girl was wearing. I thought it was an incredibly slimming design and I thought it would look great on me. Well, I follow this girl on Twitter so I tweeted out to her and asked her about the dress. She replied and told me she got it on Amazon. <BR> Well, I bought it. It was $23! It fit great. But. Came... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:24:15 EST About those fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043342 I don't synch my Vivofit or my Garmin Forerunner every day. I have them linked to SP. Sometimes it's a week or more between synchs. Do they record everything in their memory to Sparkpeople on the day you synch for that day? I'm just thinking I got credit for fitness minutes I shouldn't have. I'll take them anyway, though! What the heck! Sun, 6 Dec 2015 17:13:13 EST It's not really The Christmas Season Until..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040224 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd544588-52fb-4836-af6f-a1e4589c3c04.jpeg"> <BR> My husband is lying on frozen ground with a dull saw. We had a great time today with the grandkids. We have done this in the past with our kids on below zero days, with gale force winds and during snow storms and sleet storms. Today was just wicked cold. But, oops, the tree did fall the wrong way. Timberrr! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2955dda6-8dde-4b37-8b75-b62e532fbb2d... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:50:39 EST SURPER Excited!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039095 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30872d76-5232-4a13-b2c0-7392fc18dd6a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> So my daughter won the lottery. Not the money one---the one that was the last chance to register for the Big Sur Marathon. Yay. So I decided to register for the Big Sur 9 miler which is on the same day. April 24. My daughter is a travel PT, so she is going to arrange to be working in CA, near there, around race time. I'll be able to visit her and run in an awesome race at the same time. Ev... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:02:35 EST