VK2Z10's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VK2Z10 VK2Z10'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/ 11/26/14--done with 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823363 I haven't had any major crisis this year, and I haven't lost any weight. in fact, i have gained weight. <BR> I know, I know......that's what many of us Sparkers go through. No different with me. I have a mostly supportive husband (he wants me to stick with a plan long term). that's not much to ask for. <BR> I stink at housekeeping and feel overwhelmed to try and start a regular cleaning habit. My house isn't messy, but it sure could use a good scrub down. Having furry kids that shed doesn't... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:25:12 EST 8/20/14....do i have to???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763724 I used to think this ALL THE TIME when i was growing up. I never said it, because my older sister did enough of that for the both of us. <BR> Now, it is more related to work and housecleaning. I don't really like either, but i know i HAVE to do them. on a daily basis. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:02:06 EST 8/6/14----the chip is lifting and the mind is changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754232 I set a small goal for myself this week. Since I like to indulge in beer and wine during the work week, i decided that from Sunday-Thursday nights i can have 1 12 oz beer or 4 oz glass of wine (no more). Friday and Saturdays i can have 24 oz beer or 8 oz wine (no more for the day). so far, it i have accomplished my goal. I am no longer feeling nauseus while drinking and i am not waking up with a headache. so, i am figuring out what works for me. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:32:36 EST 7/31/14----it's been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750274 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l951457207.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1779968016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Many things have gone on since the last time i wrote in my blog. I am being more active, which is what I can do to get to my weight loss goal. I realize I am not willing to change what i eat and drink at this time. that will come. I believe, for me, that when i am active on a regular basis, then my eating and drinking will become healthier. ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:52:10 EST 5/14/14.........tomorrow's meals/snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694894 So, since i have leftover vegetable soup, that will be lunch. breakfast will be a bagel sandwich and coffee. dinner will be ????, maybe chipotle salad. snacks are cheddar popcorn and reduced fat potato chips. Wed, 14 May 2014 12:12:22 EST 2/19/14---Gatlinburg, TN here we come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628366 this weekend will be my 2nd time visiting gatlinburg. It should be about 20 degrees warmer than home, hopefully no snow or ice. i am hoping to go to hard rock cafe since i have never been there. and i hope to get a lot of walking in. DH and i are renting an SUV and we are taking our dogs. I am looking forward to this, an expensive late Valentines trip. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:03:47 EST 12/24/13.......musings for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571171 as many of us do at this time, i am thinking about what i want to accomplish next year. I have my long term goals in place. so, what can i do next year to get there? <BR> 1. only pre-planned spending <BR> 2. listen to my body and it's signals (goes for food, drink, physical activity, sleep, emotional, etc) Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:40:51 EST 11/15/13........slimming down in many ways, not just the #s http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541947 I am like many others and am VERY critical of my body and what it looks like. I know what it can do, but i focus on what it looks like outside. I have been doing a good job of working on improving my body image and self image. I know that I am a very kind, generous person. However, I need to stop being those things so often that I am still getting walked all over. <BR> So, I have goals for 2014 already: <BR> 1. notice the body slimming down. it's not gonna happen instantly, but i can see som... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:43:03 EST 10/7/13......LOVE swimming, even in the cold weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506976 I know that I should be doing other exercises to get the most "bang" for the buck, calorie out wise. however, i am so fat that it is still uncomfortable for me to use the recumbant bike and/or treadmill and/or weight machines. so, i figure i'll do the pool for a long while, get some weight off, then add in the "on land" exercises (machines, classes, etc). i think that is a good idea for me. then in 3 years, when i have exercise down as 2nd nature and i don't have to think about it, then i wil... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 12:24:37 EST 9/27/13........feeling stupid right now, financially http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497629 Technology being what it is these days, i would think that any bank that has a mobile deposit option on a smartphone would also have the technology to be able to recognize (especially since i took a picture of the front of the check) that i had already deposited that check. I would think they could send me an email w/in a couple of days of that mobile deposit saying something like "we just want to verify that you want to deposit this check # ??? since we have a record of that same check # bei... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:51:53 EST 8/27/13......hypnosis, yay or nay? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467977 I purchased a 90 minute session via groupon. I am unsure whether i want to go through with it, even though i have passed the point of being able to get my money back. I am trying to decide what i want this person (with 30 years experience?) to help me with. <BR> 1. weight loss, obviously. LOL <BR> 2. stop unnecessary spending <BR> 3. help me take pride in my appearance <BR> 4. help me take pride in my home's and work desk's appearance with regular cleaning and straightening. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:25:09 EST 8/18/13........Butterflies, who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458863 Apparently I have had a fasination with looking at butterflies for a while now. I don't want to have any of my own, and I won't be one of those crazy ladies with a whole bunch of butterfly things. But I think i will start collecting pictures on my phone and just look at them when i need to feel some peace. I think they are amazing and gorgeous colors, and different patterns. I just seem to be fasinated with them these days. <BR> <BR> Maybe a few things in my house to remind me of butterflie... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:48:45 EST 8/9/13......bronchitis sucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449758 I haven't been this sick since i was in high school. Therefore, I forgot how miserable getting through something like this makes me. I have taken my meds, but i don't feel much better. I think i should put in a call to my dr next week, just to see if i should come in to be rechecked. somehow, i am not sure that i only have bronchitis. <BR> I haven't exercised this whole time and i am feeling it. I usually go to zumba on thursday nights, but the regular instructor is going through some good t... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:54:01 EST 7/28/13...me update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435226 i have been going to the gym regularly, not 3 days every week, but definitely every weekend. i am mostly swimming laps at this time. that's fine by me. 40 extra lbs to carry around is hard on the lower back, especially since I sit all day at work. I have been getting lower back pain more often in the past month or so. i know it's mostly because i am not moving enough. so, i stand up at my desk and try to do stretches. without being TOO obvious. lol. <BR> i did something today, NSV, that i am... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:31:02 EST 7/5/13.....gym motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411374 SO, i took the plunge......AGAIN. bought a gym membership for 3 years, paid in full up front. is that going to be the motivation i need to exercise regularly and get healthy? i hope so, because it is a waist of $ otherwise. i am older and wiser and don't spend that kinda $ on anything i am not committed to. so, this is my commitment to me for the next 3 years, 3 days every week. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 10:02:34 EST 6/19/13.....books, videos, websites, oh my http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395205 I am one of the many that looks at as may "diets" in whatever format i can. I read books, look at exercise videos, go to different sites, etc. if it sounds interesting or doable, and it doesn't cost me my retirement, i have probably bought it. following the plan???????????? NAH. i spent $ on it, isn't that enough? i am helping the economy. LOL <BR> at the beginning of May (last month), i realized i had reached my breaking point with worrying about calories, foods, drinks, etc. I gave up on AL... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:46:15 EST 6/18/13......overmedicated or just not fully awake? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393583 major event happened this morning, in my mind. DH and I were locked out of our house because each of us thought the other one had the keys when we were walking our dogs. neither of us had keys. 1 hr 15 minutes later and $120 poorer, the locksmith got us in our house. he blames me for lack of caring about the locksmith being bonded and/or licensed or with the better business bureau. i just wanted in the house so that my furkids could get cooled down and i could get to work. <BR> so, we need a... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:19:52 EST 5/28/13.....3 words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370079 1. listening-to my body. it's not as easy as it sounds. But i am doing it, and even though i am not losing weight (as far as i can tell), I do feel better about myself. It is a very freeing feeling to listen to my body, eat/drink what i want, and stop when i am satisfied. <BR> <BR> 2. sleep-when i need it. I know that many adults think naps are for kids, but I am here to say they are wrong. granted 3-4 hours is too much for an adult, but as my mom always said "if you're tired, sleep. you'r... Tue, 28 May 2013 08:13:02 EST 5/20/13......week one, fitness per spark solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361899 • What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program? I believe in Sparkpeople and wanted another opportunity to try a program that they created <BR> <BR> • Have you seen or felt any results in this first week? no <BR> <BR> • What do you like the most about the program? it's easy to incorporate with my daily life <BR> <BR> • What was your favorite meal from this week? n/a <BR> <BR> • Which Insider Tip motivated you the most this week? n/a <BR> <BR> • What is your goal is for next wee... Mon, 20 May 2013 07:36:00 EST 5/8/13....my new name, blubber belly butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349664 Yes, you read that right. I am not in a happy place right now. I am very down on myself. I don't like myself. I have been working on improving my self-image and body image. not happening since I saw a picture of me completing the half marathon. I look like a beached whale plus a baby whale. I realize there were some things not in my favor. my feet and legs were hurting, not as much as 2 yrs ago though. I was soaking wet from the rain. I was carrying some things (fanny pack and water and medal... Wed, 8 May 2013 10:18:54 EST 5/2/13........"flying" 13.1 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343253 As many of you know, I will be walking the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon this sunday morning. I did it 2 yrs ago and was NOT prepared. consequently, i was in a great deal of pain by the time i finished and walked over the finish line. It took me a few days to be able to walk closer to normal. So, i vowed I would prepare for this one. I did that by walking more often. no actual training schedule, because I stink @ planning that kinda stuff. but, i am proud of myself for making the effort... Thu, 2 May 2013 12:41:06 EST 4/17/13........should or shouldn't I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326431 for the past 10 years, i have reviewed many diets and nutrition and healthy living books and websites. I am not an expert, and i don't have a degree yet to spout nutrition advice. however, i like to have the information from the different sites and books and such available to me when i want to refresh my memory. i haven't been on many of these diets for very long and i have given up quickly. so, i am not an expert with sticking with any one type of plan. since i like to have the info availabl... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:34:56 EST 4/10/13.....Vera Bradley, here i come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318538 I am a HUGE Vera fan. I can't afford most of her stuff, but i know that i will use it more often than Pandora jewelry. so, this weekend is the annual outlet sale in Ft Wayne, IN. i am going. i was hoping to bring a friend, but she has some issues going on at home and i am not going to bother her about the fact that she hasn't gotten in touch with me all week about it. i cancelled her hotel room, but i still have mine for me and DH and the 2 furkids. I am excited about going, but i just paid o... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:23:12 EST 4/1/13.......april fool's or not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307530 many of my virtual SP friends know that i have had great difficulty losing weight. and i have difficulty sticking with one plan to do that with. hence, i have a 3 month membership online to WW ($46), yr membership to fitbit premium ($50), SP coach (3 month free trial courtesy of spark solution book, otherwise $8/month), and MFP free. you would think with all that support and information, i would be skinny in a month. nope, doesn't work that way for Jessica. i have to struggle and make things ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:37:57 EST 3/19/13.....walking, and lead. LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292372 I am very proud of myself. I walked almost 9 miles total on Saturday. first there was the 5K heart walk, then around Mt. Adams, then the furkids a couple of times. that's a good sign for me, since i will be walking the Cincinnati Flying Pig half marathon @ the beginning of May. however, when i do walk these long distances, my legs feel like lead the next day. that makes it hard to walk far. LOL. so, lead or fat?????? i think lead, it goes away. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:17:42 EST 3/11/13......my continuous journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282476 i have a few goals that i want to meet by my 45th bday. i know, LONG time away. however, i seem to be one of those slow changers. that's okay. the one i am working on right now is loving myself, as is, good and bad, regardless of what the scale says and my mind says about my mirror image. i notice i am improving because many times when i have a negative thought about myself, i immediately tell myself something good about me. and it is happening more often that i am believing the good about me... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:06:48 EST 2/27/13........thank you PIXIE-LICIOUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265972 for your encouraging blogs. i know you were writing them to yourself, but you have helped me to start understanding why i am having such a difficult time with my healthy journey. I have hated myself for so long, and my mother's negative comment tapes have been in my head all my life, that i can't imagine loving me. my DH loves me, good and bad/fat and not so fat. he gets upset because i can't love me. i am working on it. i really like your picture of the scale and the note on it. it's what i... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:27:06 EST 2/26/13.......week off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264707 from tracking food and fitness. i never liked it, but i just need a break. i am still paying attention to what i am eating and trying to get in more exercise. however, i just need to break myself away from that ball and chain this week. i will recommit to tracking daily starting on friday, march 1. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:50:31 EST 2/16/13........3 sites, not enough time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252507 SO, i have been a member of SP for just over 4 years. I love most everything about this site and will never leave it. However, I am realizing that I am not fond of the nutrition and fitness trackers. So, I am doing those things on MFP. But, I also like some of the community members on WW. so, there are 3 sites i juggle daily. SP for everything except tracking, MFP for tracking only, and WW for the additional community (plus SP). I am a busy woman, but i am getting stronger with my goals and m... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:51:45 EST 2/12/13......not a happy valentine's day (nobody died, yet) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247441 I know that men and women think differently. that's not an issue for me, MOST of the time. what is an issue is that my DH's family lives here, across the river from us. so, he can see his extended family whenever he wants. my parents live across the river from me, but i can't see them whenever i want (it's the way my mother wants it, don't ask). my extended family lives far enough away from me that it requires a LONG car ride or plane ride. therefore, i don't see them very often. my parents w... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 08:38:02 EST 2/7/13........an a-ha moment, courtesy of someone else http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241641 well, Kibble, i haven't lost any significant weight (or any weight for that matter). however, it is my mind that i have to change and my thinking before any weight will come off. if i can't be kind to myself and accept that i will never look like those skinny women in the magazine or be the weight i want, then the weight will never stay off. as my DH told me last night "I want you to be happy with your weight and yourself.". i am moving in that direction, but it is a painfully slow process. s... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 13:28:10 EST 2/1/13........The A-Z of me. LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233204 A - Available or married: married since 10/14/05, plus 2 yrs of dating DH. <BR> B - Book: mostly nutrition books, but Misery by Stephen King is a plus. <BR> C - Cake or Pie? : My mom's Pumpkin Walnut cake. <BR> D - Drink of Choice: Blue Moon Beer <BR> E - Essential Item: my smartphone <BR> F - Favorite Colors: purple and green, why pick one? <BR> G - Game to Play or Watch: play tug with Ziggy my dog. Watch NCIS (Gibbs anyone?) <BR> H - Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio <BR> I - Indulgence: Graete... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:28:50 EST 1/28/13.......first month of the new year. thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226774 making changes is always hard, sticking to those changes long term? nearly impossible for me. i don't like change, but i need to make some in order to improve my health. i don't want to lose weight for vanity purposes. i know i will NEVER look like a model on TV or movies. however, i can look my best by getting these extra 30+ lbs off. I will feel better, less winded, more energy. so, i have been struggling to find the small change i can make daily to lose weight, but not give up. is it goin... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:12:01 EST 1/17/13...........tomorrow's mealplan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211370 I will be traveling by plane in the morning, and getting settled in the hotel in the afternoon. so, i have dinner planned (since I know where our family is going). otherwise, i will have figure out what i can bring. airplane traveling is more restrictive these days, so i will have to bring some snacks, if i can. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:53:16 EST 1/9/13........first blog of the new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198384 WOW. i can't believe it's another new year. I am working on 2 goals for this year. keep my finances in check (and my credit card paid off. LOL) and listen to my body's signals. i have other goals and when i do things that work towards those goals, i will make sure to congratulate myself. however, i need to keep the goals to a minimum each year. i can stress myself out quite easily without trying. so, i need to slow down and work on one thing each day. i also will work on getting myself into a... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:03:37 EST 12/30/12........the scale and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180731 We have a love hate relationship. The scale loves me, i hate it. rarely does it tell me what i want to hear, or need to hear. it loves to make me mad. so, i don't weight myself everyday. I don't weigh myself every other day. not even once a week. because the scale LOVES to tell me what i don't want to hear, i really don't want to touch it at all. However, I need to record something on SP as far as progress. So, i weigh myself once a month, on the first day of the month, in the morning, buck n... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:33:25 EST 12/26/12........last blog of 2012????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176777 many frustrations beyond my control this year. i vented a lot, but not really to the right persons. i am working on thinking about why i am angry first, then feeling it appropriately, then talking to the right person (these days mostly my DH). I am trying to understand his POV about jobs. but i just can't. i know there aren't many jobs out there and he doesn't do well with every type of job. however, he already has a job now. why is he so resistant in trying to find out what will work for him... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:48:25 EST 12/10/12........i'm NOT going through this again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161941 so, many of you know that my DH was unemployed for a year and a half and just got a low paying part time job @ Bruegger's bagels. He isn't working well with one of the women, so apparently she was "barking" orders at him this morning (she isn't his supervisor), he got fed up, clocked out and went home. then called me on my work phone cussing. I kept calm, but i know i will be giving him an earful @ lunch or when i get home. i can't put up with his pickiness of finding a job for another year a... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:37:35 EST 11/28/12...........41 yrs old, so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149547 my bday was yesterday, so i have only been 1 yr older for just over 24 hrs. LOL gotta say, feeling wiser already. realizing that the # on the scale isn't THE indicator of my health. I still pay attention to it because there is a goal # i have in mind, but i am also realizing that as long as i am living healthy and doing healthy things every day, then the # on the scale shouldn't be the first thing i think of to determine my health. i know i have written this before, and i will probably write ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:23:27 EST 11/21/12.........thanksgiving eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142573 I don't know what to say that i haven't already said. i feel like i should be saying something profound, but i don't have it in me. i almost got flattened like a pancake yesterday coming home from work. or at least my car would have been. that caused me to get some beer that i wasn't planning on. tonight, well, since i will be having dinner @ my parent's house tomorrow night, i will want to relax and vegetate tonight. so, maybe some wine. i am thinking of going out to eat, but i don't really ... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:40:22 EST 11/19/12........short week, LOONG weekend. YIPEE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140313 for those lucky enough to work for an employer that is generous and only has us working 3 days this week and gives us thanksgiving day and black friday paid, hallelujah. for those that aren't that lucky, i am sorry. I am NOT bragging. I am simply trying to remember what i should be thankful for. i am rarely thankful for the good things my job gives me. so, this week i am paid for 5 days, but only work 3. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:06:44 EST 11/14/12.......LONG day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135181 12 hour work day. don't have those often, but they are LONG. I am going to a health fair after my regular shift and won't be home until 9:30 pm. NOT going to be overtime paid. however, i won't have to use my PTO, which can be a good thing. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:40:53 EST 11/7/12.........thank GOODNESS it's over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127283 YES, i am talking about the election. I worked the elections polls yesterday and it was EXHAUSTING (only because of the 14+ hour day). there were no incidents, thank goodness. I think this year was worse than other years, and i am glad i don't have to think about a new POTUS (President of the United States) for 3 1/2 more years. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:13:51 EST 10/30/12.........is it all er nuthin ( per ado annie in OKLAHOMA?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117697 that IS my attitude towards many things in my life. if i can't be perfect, then i don't want anything to do with it. <em>40</em> . so, i have been reading and trying to follow "the beck diet solution for life". i am working each day to change my thinking. i can't always do it, but i am getting better at it. i am less likely to beat myself up for making a mistake. i have a LONG way to go before i am where i want to be, but i have my goals and each time i meet it, i have a smile on my face l... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:38:30 EST 10/29/12....reflections about my fav month of the year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116747 October is the month I got married, and the month that I adopted my Kirby boy (furkid). just for those 2 reasons ALONE it's the best month of the year for me. also, this month is cool weather wise, which is wonderful to me. Cincinnati, Ohio (as those natives know) has had cool weather (40-70) for more than 1 week in a row. that is highly unusual, but welcomed by me. so, i have many things to be happy for. also, my birthday is @ thanksgiving. it's not a big one, so hopefully i can sneak under ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:34:23 EST 10/17/12.......walking is NOT my friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102494 a few times a year, i try to push myself to walk more than 3 miles at a time. typically it is either the Cincinnati Flying Pig half marathon in May, or the Susan G Komen race in September. both times, i have crossed the finish line with my feet and most of the time my legs in pain. it takes a few days to recover, then i am fine. well, i walked 6.1 miles a little over 2 weeks ago and my toe is inflammed and possible stress fracture. really???????? i thought walking was good for me. apparently ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:15:00 EST 10/16/12..........naproxen not my friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101091 I am taking it to get the inflammation of my toe to go away. so far, of the 2 i have taken since last night, my belly doesn't like it. i will see what happens by tomorrow. i am certain that most of the reason my belly hurts is because i drank a beer last night and that isn't reacting well to the meds. so, i won't drink beer tonight and i will see what happens by tomorrow night. if my belly hurts, i am asking the dr if i can take advil instead. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:54:22 EST 10/10/12.......track once, eat for a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093832 It's one of my ultimate goals, to track my food and drink for the whole week ONCE, then follow that plan. a LOT less tracking for me, a LOT less irritation for me. A MUCH happier mom to my furkids and wife to my DH. i just started it this week and it seems to be going well. I will see what happens by the end of the month of October. Also, I am thinking of discussing going grocery shopping for 2 weeks at a time, since my DH does the grocery shopping, but he doesn't like it. so, maybe if we go ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:25:35 EST 10/2/12......the fight is gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083628 I have been fighting to change my bad habits to good ones. some have improved, but over the course of almost 10 years, i haven't made any significant improvements and i am just tired of fighting. so, i am making one last effort until the end of 2013. then if at least 10 lbs isn't gone permanently, i am not doing the calorie counting or points plus thing ever again. i am just so tired i give up. i won't stop making healthy choices but if i become a 200 lbs healthy person, so be it. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:49:40 EST 9/25/12........let the blood flow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074451 My dad is big on donating blood. he does it like clock work every 8 weeks. me, not so much. i DO donate, but not that regularly. i have this disclaimer that i say every time i am going to be stuck with a needle (nurse or blood donation). "I have been told i have deep, hard to find, veins." most of the time, when the person with the needle knows what he/she is doing, there aren't any problems. today was that day. I donated and even though i was cold, i didn't have any issues. LOL Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:16:14 EST