TSISQUAUSDI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TSISQUAUSDI TSISQUAUSDI'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/ Even a Trying Day on Vacation is Better than a Good Day at Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835131 I have made a point of relaxing this past two days - So nice to wake up at 6:30 and not have to go anywhere. Well. That was the plan. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I lounged around and enjoyed my day. I went out long enought to go to the grocery store for a few little things, and spent most of the day relaxing. So nice! <BR> <BR> Today, the day started the same way. Until my son asked me to take him over the place where I got my laptop so he could see how much it would cost to fix his......Luck... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:56:39 EST Very Productive Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832992 Today, I started out with coffee and chocolate granola at 6:00, lounged around until 9:30, and made it to Walmart to get the dog's treats and some batteries for my smoke detectors. <BR> <BR> By the time I got home it was snack time, which I enjoyed on the patio. It was a little cool out, but I had my awesome Prairie Rat Hole hoodie to keep me warm enough. Coffee and 1/2 a bagel with whipped cream cheese -YUM! Then off to the garden! <BR> <BR> It amazes me just how fast things grow here... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:41:42 EST Things I know about me....and maybe about you, too... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832898 Hopefully, I won't make this a book..... <BR> <BR> MOMMABEAR121 had commented on my Friday blog, and one of the things that struck a chord with me was: "How come when we know these things about ourselves we still struggle and beat our heads against the wall....: <BR> <BR> Here's another opportunity to "find your why"! How come we do things that we know aren't in our best interests? Isn't doing something over and over and expecting different results instanity? You bet it is, but when it ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:42:41 EST Something About Friday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832092 Friday at about 4:30 always makes my mood go from a 3 to an 8! Just the prospect of not having to come back here until Monday lifts my spirits! <BR> <BR> Tonight, I got home and ordered a pizza for my son. I had my Diet Chef Turkey Chili with 1/2 cup of rice and a light beer! <em>334</em> Divine! <BR> <BR> So far, every Friday is pizza night. Sometimes my son has a friend or two over; Sometimes it's just us, but since starting my Diet Chef program, I've been happy with one of the... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:18:24 EST Oh, Lord, Have I Ever Been Remembering Why Today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831033 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l752126529.jpg"> Hi, Y'all! Today I must have looked at my wrist 50 times. Yes, it was that kind of day..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1510027165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This keeps me from choking the crap out of my boss....or his wife......or one of our idiot criminal clients...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1441055648.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or eating the the popcorn my son is ha... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:14:21 EST Finding Your Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829934 Well. Today I'm spending some time "remembering why." The size 16 relaxed fit Lee jeans I ordered and expected last Friday came in today. I'm happy to say that they fit nicely! I'm glad I bought them on sale, though, because I don't think I'm going to be wearing them for very long, because the fit. Nicely. Not too tight, not too loose. Such is the bittersweet reality of finding a Diet Program that works for you...... <BR> <BR> It's like my friend, Tricia. I've known her since 1993 - almos... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:58:10 EST Sunday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829219 SO trying to relax today! My friend, Tricia, wanted to meet for coffee this morning.....at Dunkin' Donuts. I brought a package of DC cookies, just in case they didn't have plain bagels and cream cheese anymore (That shows you how often I go there!), but they still offer them. I had 1/2 of a bagel with enough cream cheese on it to make it interesting. Honestly, I'm so used to eating smaller portions now that when I over eat, I'm terribly uncomfortable! <BR> <BR> We met there at 10:30 am., a... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:45:37 EST Lazy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828809 There are times when the stress just manages to encroach upon my homelife. When that happens, I allow myself time to decompress. Today was one of those days. <BR> <BR> I woke up early - a little after 5:00 a.m., and that usually means I'm stressed (no kidding!). So, first thing, I have breakfast and coffee and lounge a bit. Next, I start a kettle of beef vegetable soup. That's going to simmer all day - All I have to do is stir it once in a while. Next, the weekly shopping. <BR> <BR> T... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:45:51 EST Nice Surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828556 Sometimes a company you deal with actually shows that they appreciate your business. Today, I unpacked my newest Diet Chef hamper, and once again, it had been carefully packed with all of my choices.....and there in a zip bag, was a note that read "Share with Your Friends," and eight packs of cookies, two packs of each flavor! You know, those little Diet Chef packs of two cookies! How nice is that? <BR> <BR> And my immediate reaction after seeing that package was thinking how much I wish ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:27:39 EST Friday.....So Glad It's Friday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828314 Today was so tiring. From 15 minutes after I arrived at work, the phone, walk-ins, my boss, appointments getting mad because my boss was late.....Jeese! Enough already! <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I am SO happy to be home! I ordered a pizza for my son, grabbed my Diet Chef dinner and a light beer, and have been relaxing, and will most likely get to bed early tonight. I've still got the remnants of that awful virus, and the rash on my face is slowly going away. I've been careful not to le... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:09:42 EST Monday - SSDD for Certain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826067 Good grief! Mondays really suck when you have to spend them at a loony bin. However, armed with a positive attitude, I can endure most anything. <BR> <BR> And when I feel stressed and want to either choke someone or quit....I remember why I have to be there, adjust my attitude, and do my job. <BR> <BR> So glad I got this tattoo! I found myself remembering why I have to stay positive. I remember why good things will come to me. I remember why I don't need anything from the candy basket... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 22:27:15 EST Sunday.....My Last Day of Freedom..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825353 Today was a lovely day! Beautiful sunny weather, not too hot or cold, and a lovely breeze! <BR> <BR> I got up around 7:30 - late for me, and had a chocolate chip muesli bar and coffee, and made a cheese omelet and ham steak for Tina and my son. Tina, didn't need to go home until after lunch, so we enjoyed breakfast and coffee on the patio, and had more great conversation, and then enjoyed lunch there, too. <BR> <BR> My son needed to go to Lowes, so he came with us to take Tina home - ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:39:53 EST Saturdays are Always Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824871 Yesterday and today have been really nice! My friend, Tina, called yesterday morning and asked if I would come get her, and we've been enjoying the visit - Besides. I desperately needed someone to help eat those pies! <BR> <BR> Fortunately, between my son, two of his friends and Tina, there is only two small pieces of pumpkin pie left.......and I am standing my ground. I allowed myself to eat anything I wanted on Thanksgiving, and I did. Funny thing is, I couldn't eat near what a used t... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:52:47 EST Happy Thanksgiving!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824039 Good Lord and little fishes! It's been a long day! <BR> <BR> My day started like most days: coffee and a muesli bar. Then reality sets in: Time to stuff and roast a turkey.....So....Off to the garden for fresh herbs: Rosemary sprigs for the turkey; Greek oregano for the beans. <BR> <BR> I'm right in the middle of making the stuffing, and my phone rings - My very dear friend who retired and moved to Vietnam. He had called last night and I was in the shower - He panics if I don't answ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:01:22 EST So Enjoying My Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822825 This week has been weird - my weight has been stuck in the same place and doesn't want to budge, but my size 20 jeans (yes, I'm that big!) are so loose they almost fall off . I had to order a size smaller because all the only pair I have in that size have holes in them. I've got lots of size 16"s but they're still too tight. <BR> <BR> The other thing I've noticed is that the fat areas that were once firm, almost hard, are now soft, sort of like an old balloon that's deflating. I know by... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:57:55 EST Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821856 Yeah! Sunday! And tomorrow I'm off work!! Yay!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday flew by SO fast. I had to get all my shopping and cleaning done, and by the time I finished the second bathroom, my sister had arrived. This visit, she brought me more of my father's paintings, and his Grande Diplome Cooking Course. When I get a chance tomorrow, I'll take some pix of the paintings - Just too freakin' tired tonight. <BR> <BR> Dad had many, many art books, cook books, and so many hobby books - I would... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:04:01 EST Friday, At Last - And Couldn't Have Come Fast Enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820814 Well, I made it! I am officially on vacation until Monday after next! Just give me strength to not answer the phone for anyone at my office....... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am helping my co-worker, L, do something that she's been meaning to do for quite a while. Last March, a mutual friend of ours, a young woman that L has known since she was a teen, and who lives withing walking distance of L's house, took it upon herself to go out to L's rural property, without her permission, to burn some f... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:01:40 EST Not Too Bad for a Hump Day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819701 Whew. What a day! The wonderful world in the legal field. I have been trying to set the telephone deposition of two Florida State Troopers - One in Jacksonville; one in Tallahassee. Now, in a Felony case in my county, we usually set the depo at our State Attorney's Office. In a Civil case, you get creative and have it either at a Court Reporter's office, library or Counsel's office. So.....I call the Jacksonville State Attorney's Office, and explain what I need, because we're defending ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:31:40 EST Brrrr!!!! Coldest Day and Night of the Year So Far.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819134 Well. Today's high was 56 degrees, and tonight's low is calling for 38. Sorry, folks, but that's cold for Central Florida. I'm almost ready to go light the pilot on the furnace, but I know it will warm up after tomorrow. I'll just pile on the clothes for now, and pray the garden can take it. <BR> <BR> As for my virus, I still have an itchy rash on my face and a little gastric distress, but no more coughing and congestion. Now come the irritating part of waiting for the rash, distress a... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:20:33 EST Such a Beautiful Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817809 Just a little break to relax a bit - I got a lot of gardening done today! <BR> <BR> First, I tended to the cucumbers. Some nasty little critters attacked one of my towers, and unfortunately, insecticidal soap didn't do anything but piss them off. So today, I removed all the seriously infected leaves and plants and sprayed them with a pesticide that is okay for organic gardens. Let's hope it does the trick! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591030728.jpg"> <BR... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:56:40 EST Oh, How I Enjoy My Saturdays!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817399 Since I still have some congestion, I'm making a concerted effort to take things easy. Today, I did manage to get my grocery shopping done, a huge pot of vegetable beef soup made, and a batch of Greek yogurt started. Tomorrow, weather permitting, will be a gardening day. <BR> <BR> You all know how I like to research things to death - It took me over a month and a half to finally decide to try Diet Chef, all because I'm so over diet programs that offer "Frankenfoods," and artificial crap. ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:14:52 EST Friday, At Last!! Home Sweet Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816917 The craziness is over - I have two days of sanity. Yay! <BR> <BR> Tonight I cut up seed potatoes to let them callus over, with the hope to plant them tomorrow afternoon, or Sunday morning. <BR> <BR> My son has friends over, so I ordered a couple of pizzas for them, and had my Rotini with Meatballs. Works for me! <BR> <BR> As promised, here are a couple of pictures. I put the same outfit on as I did when I first started this program. The first picture is me on 9-14-14: <BR> <BR> <img ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:14:04 EST Sure Happy It's Thursday....And Almost Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816363 Seriously. This day was not the most fun or productive. I think I'm just at a point where I'm overloaded with the drama and choosing to opt out.... <BR> <BR> Funny thing is, I wake up in the morning, jump out of bed and enjoy my breakfast with my pups and sometimes with my son - Depends on just how long he was up the night before and what his schedule is. Even getting ready for work, I'm happy and energetic, and on the ride to work. It's when the unnecessary drama and BS starts that my ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:01:44 EST Hump Day.....Yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815738 By contrast, today at the office was every bit the polar opposite of my wonderful, relaxing yesterday. I refuse to be drawn into the drama, however, much preferring to sit back and watch the insanity. I can't even begin to elaborate. Let it suffice to say that it was, as my dear friend Mommabear121 says, "A day like no other," only not in a good way. <BR> <BR> I retreated from the insanity at 5:00, changed up and made a beeline for my garden, where I harvested enough lovely green cucumber... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:45:34 EST Ahhhh.....Relaxing Day Off..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815153 I spent Veteran's Day relaxing and enjoying my home and family. The weather couldn't have been more perfect, either! Sunny, not too warm, but warm enough for shorts, and a lovely breeze! <BR> <BR> My cold is on it's way out - just a little tickle every now and then, and very little stuffiness. <BR> <BR> I did a little weeding in the garden, a little watering and feeding, and was pleased to see that I have another 6 or 7 cucumbers that should be ready to pick in a day or so. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:05:35 EST Just Another Manic Monday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814388 Okay, Sparkies! Do I get a "Woohoo"? <em>104</em> <em>244</em> I'm down 22 lbs! I just can't believe it's been this painless, either. I thought for sure I'd gain something for over-eating at lunch yesterday! Like I said yesterday - no more trying to compensate when I indulge - I'm just going to get right back on my program for the next scheduled snack or meal. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Work today was, well, work. My co-worker is back and rather feisty, too. She's pretty PO'd tha... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:50:18 EST Sunday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813722 Sundays are always a mixed bag. I love having the time to enjoy my home and family, and dread the ending of the day knowing that I must get up and go to work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I let myself lounge about this morning, and straightened up the house a little knowing that my sister would be here in the afternoon for a visit. She seems to have calmed down a little, now that she's retired and selling her house, and with each visit she brings a few more things - Daddy's paintings, a pen and in... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 17:25:36 EST Lovely, Quiet Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813223 Why is it that a nasty cold has to make you so miserable? I'm at the stage where I feel better, but still have head and chest congestion, and the fever blisters are drying up, so they throb now. Yay. <BR> <BR> I did manage to get out to my garden to do some weeding and a little thinning. I harvested 8 cucumbers - just enough to make a jar of "counter pickles" - Easy enough. You just slice the cucumbers and pack them into a mason jar with crushed garlic and dill, pour a salt brine over th... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 18:34:49 EST No, I Haven't Gone AWOL Again..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811491 Something to thank my boss for - The entire office is sharing the most miserable cold I've ever had. I'm not only congested, but I have a rash on my face and my left upper lip is covered in fever blisters...... Like I said - MISERABLE! <BR> <BR> I'm not going to whine too much. I'm thankful and grateful that my health is as good as it is, because I'm just miserable. My poor coworker has been sent home on bedrest and can't even think of returning until next Monday! <BR> <BR> Needless to... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:14:55 EST Monday.......sucks...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805890 It sucks even harder when your boss has managed to give everyone his cold.......The post-nasal, sore thoat, not sick enough to stay home kind. Bugger! <BR> <BR> This will be a very short blog tonight - I intend to take some cold medicine and get as much sleep as I possibly can! <BR> <BR> And with that, I'm off for a bath and then to bed - <BR> <BR> TTFN - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:56:57 EST Sunday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805224 This has been a wonderful weekend! So relaxing, but I got a lot done. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got the mowing and yardwork done, all the grocery shopping, and still managed to get some "romp" time in with the dogs. The day was SO beautiful! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1689192981.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l241409241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I had my lunch on the patio, and around 3:00 p.m., I decided to have ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:32:49 EST OMG! SOOOO Glad It's FRIDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804155 I managed to get through the day without either going off the deep end or strangling someone......It's a good day. <BR> <BR> I managed to take lunch around 1:30 p.m., and the patio was perfect! Sunny, cool breeze - Perfect! Eating out there with my dogs all around seems to make everything taste better! Lately, I've been adding just a tiny bit of extra cheese and picking out four larger, crunchy bits of lettuce to share with the dogs - They LOVE salad! <BR> <BR> Walking through the garden... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:38:47 EST Sure Happy It's Thursday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803568 Seriously awful day. Not even worth going into. I keep waking up and telling myself that "Today is going to be a great day!" and it is......anyplace but at work. <BR> <BR> The highlight of my day was coming home for lunch and finding more bees (!!!) and getting home from work and having dinner on the patio. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919538233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1399428898.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Other than that... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:02:20 EST Hump Day.....yay.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803015 Well, I was right about one thing - I certainly wished I was still home sick today. Apparently all Hell broke loose the past couple of days, causing my co-worker a great deal of distress, and yesterday, my co-worker's son became so ill that he needed to go to the ER. He's on very strong antibiotics and my co-worker, needless to say, stayed home to take care of him. <BR> <BR> But enough of that. She will be in tomorrow, and I am doing my best to stay out of the drama. Just not my thing. ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:47:51 EST I'm Going to Wish I Was Still Sick Tomorrow, I Just Know It..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802317 I'm home sick again today - still had a fever. It seems to be subsiding now, and not doing the usual spike after 6:00 p.m. thing. So, tomorrow, I'll be heading off to work unless my fever comes back. <BR> <BR> My morning walk through the garden was awesome! The anoles are doing a fine job of eating those caterpillars. I certainly don't want to use even an organic pesticide right now, because even soap or garlic with repel the honey bees, and they are doing a fine job pollinating things! ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:39:28 EST And God is Happy.....He Plays with Us...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801696 Prayers are answered in very strange ways sometimes. Early this morning, I woke up with a fever and nausea, so I spent the day at home. Still have fever, but I'm keeping food down. Will see if the fever is gone by tomorrow before I try going back to work. I am not ruining my immune system for that place. <BR> <BR> Despite fever and generally feeling like crap, I dragged myself out to the garden to make sure everything was okay. To my delight, I saw something that I hadn't seen in a grea... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:43:39 EST Sunday......I Swear, It's the FASTEST Day of the Week.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801089 Seriously. Just the thought of tomorrow being Monday seems to make the day go by so fast! <BR> <BR> This morning I had my "treat" - Pancakes with real butter and maple syrup and sausage! I enjoyed every bite, too! <BR> <BR> Once there was a time when I'd eat like that and either say, "Screw it!" and eat that way for the rest of the day (week, month), or punish myself by reducing my calories the rest of the day. Today, I simply went right back to my program for the rest of the day. Y... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:56:39 EST Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800595 Funny how I hop right out of bed at 6:00 a.m. without an alarm, and get tons of stuff done on Saturday. Today was awesome! <BR> <BR> I had my Diet Chef breakfast, started a batch of yogurt and went grocery shopping. When I got back, I put on a kettle of home made chicken soup. Then off to the garden! <BR> <BR> First, I pulled weeds from around the parameter, and pulled up the pepper plants. Those all went into the small composter. I took a break and had a snack around 10:30 a.m. I pull... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:10:59 EST Friday, At Last!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800028 What is it with idiots that get sick that they feel compelled to come into the office and spread it around?!!!! My boss comes in this morning, late for a mediation, breathes all over me, and then tells me he has the flu!!!! <em>234</em> @^*&$%$111!!! So help me, if I get sick, I am staying home until I'm completely well, and not talking to him for anything, even if his ass is falling off!!! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> When I arrived home for lunch today, the weather was glorious! <em... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:58:03 EST And Then It Was Thursday........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799467 Well. Okay. Today was a little better......but then the boss was in Court most of the day...... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I slept well last night - the weather was cool and dry here, and it's amazing how the change in season affects my energy levels. <em>102</em> Most of the morning was pretty SSDD..... <BR> <BR> When I arrived home from lunch, I found packages at my door. Organic seeds, yogurt starter, organic maple syrup and sprouted grain pancake mix! I'll be planting the seeds ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:01:43 EST Wednesday......One Day Closer to the Weekend.....Thank You, Thank You... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798930 Wasn't the full moon last week? WTF?!!! We had more craziness and drama at the office today than we have in a year! So much so, one of my co-workers was in tears...........It was back to back to back insanity! <BR> <BR> The only way I cope is to totally compartmentalize things. I choose not to join in the drama. I take breaks. I actually take an hour for lunch and get away from things for an hour. And when I leave at 5:00 or thereabouts, I try very hard not to even think about this pl... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:34:00 EST Tuesday....Seriously Not a Fun Day Today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798261 It feels really weird not counting the days. I had gotten used to recording and reporting each meal, and now, I'm just recording them. I will report that I stuck to my program and got my Tread Climber session in tonight, though! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So much to do in the garden......it was supposed to be really awful weather by this afternoon, but the storms managed to wait until around 6:30 pm before erupting into a noisy, wet mass of turbulence! Just a cold front moving through - ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:33:13 EST Day Twenty-Eight of My Diet Chef Adventure...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797654 Day Twenty-Eight! I have now completed my first 28 days, and emptied my first hamper. And thank you all for putting up with my day-by-day reporting. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I had a Fruit and Nut Soft Cookie <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1775006353.jpg">(yummy!), and lunch was the Tomato and Basil Soup <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1093845937.jpg"> and a salad with Bleu Cheese. My afternoon snack was an Oat Bar with Strawberry and A... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:28:02 EST Day Twenty-Seven of My Diet Chef Adventure....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797002 Day Twenty-Seven - Just one more day to go and I'll have completed the first four weeks on Diet Chef! I had Molasses and Pecan Granola <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141045725.jpg">with milk for breakfast - Delish! Unless you are allergic to nuts, this is awesome! <BR> <BR> After relaxing a bit, I had a session with my Treadclimber, and did a little light gardening. I can hardly believe how things have grown in four short weeks! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Tiny carr... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:33:08 EST Day Twenty-Six of My Diet Chef Adventure...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796501 Day Twenty-six - I had a Chocolate Soft Cookie <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l524055243.jpg">with milk for breakfast - This part does not feel like a diet..... <BR> <BR> I hit the ground running today. Out the door by 8:15 to get the groceries, home again to put them away. Out to door to buy gas for the car, lawn mower and tiller, home again to put the gas can in the shed. Off again to the Farm Store to buy two bails of straw for mulching - Home again to get to work ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:01:25 EST Day Twenty-Five of My Diet Chef Adventure...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795995 Day Twenty-five - I had Original Granola <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1576289178.jpg">with milk for breakfast - I don't think I could ever get tired of these breakfast choices! <BR> <BR> My mid-morning snack was a cup of fresh, seedless grapes - just enough to tide me over to lunch. <BR> <BR> I had the Harira Soup <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2083746434.jpg"> and a salad for lunch today. This soup is spicy, sort of like chili, but I'm getting ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:30:16 EST Day Twenty-Four of My Diet Chef Adventure...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795489 Day Twenty-four - I had Chocolate Chip Muesli Bar <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l922567609.jpg">with milk for breakfast - So nice just to just be able to select and eat! Just couldn't get moving fast enough- again. I got plenty of sleep - must be the change in the weather. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> About mid-morning, I had to go to the post office to pick up some supplies - it's a shame that this weather is so beautiful and I'm stuck in this stinking office!! <em>2... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:17:31 EST Day Twenty-Three of My Diet Chef Adventure..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794930 Day Twenty-three - I had Chocolate Granola for breakfast <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1980376327.jpg">with milk for breakfast - just reached into the "breakfast side of the box and pulled out the first thing! Just couldn't get moving fast enough - grabbed some grapes for my morning snack and hit the ground running at work. Again! <em>234</em> Criminy!! <BR> <BR> About mid-morning, I walked over to City Hall and picked up my permit for my fence. Now I'm all good... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:16:34 EST Day Twenty-two of My Diet Chef Adventure...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794261 Day Twenty-two - I had Chocolate Granola <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1003332917.jpg">for breakfast with milk, made my morning snack and hit the ground running at work. <em>234</em> Again. <em>234</em> I am grateful to have a job, but please, God, may I please have a normal one? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I had my homemade Greek yogurt and jam around 10:15 a.m. I'll have to make some more when I go home for lunch today - It's really yummy! <BR> <BR> Lunch to... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:35:59 EST Day Twenty-One of My Diet Chef Adventure...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793597 Day Twenty-One - Work is a four-letter word.....I think I blogged about that once. Today was, well, I have no words...... <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I had a Molasses and Pecan Granola <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733193538.jpg"> for breakfast with milk, made my morning snack and hit the ground running at work. <BR> <BR> At about 11:00, I had some homemade Greek yogurt and cherry jam and touched base with my co-worker for a few minutes. Then, back to it, but seriously... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:27:00 EST